FAIRBANKS — Loretta Brown, marine debris coordinator at the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies out of Homer, will give two speeches on trash in the environment and ways to raise awareness and prevent future problems with litter.

Brown will speak with students at Effie Kokrine Charter School on Wednesday, where students have been working this school year to create life-size sculptures of Alaska wildlife made of recycled refuse.

Effie Kokrine students have nearly finished work on a black bear sculpture made almost entirely of wire framing and strips of old Rockstar energy drink cans. When finished, the sculpture will be placed in Peirce Park, which is located next to the school and is in the process of being developed into a living laboratory.

In addition to her talk at Effie Kokrine, Brown will give a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center.

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