The following is courtesy of Katmai National Park and Preserve:
Announcing the 2023 Brooks Camp Bear Pin Logo Contest Winner
KING SALMON, Alaska – Katmai National Park and Preserve has put its “stamp” of approval on the winning design for the 2023 Brooks Camp Bear Pin! This year’s design competition winner is Alexis Pursell, a teacher who lives in Levelock, AK.
The pin is in the shape of a stamp and features a bear and salmon in the foreground, with the sun over a row of mountains in the background. Cleverly, the year 2023 shows up as the price of the stamp in the lower corner: 23 cents.
According to Alexis, a trip to the Alagnak River last year inspired her to enter the contest: “I visited Katmai Lodge in September for inservice training with my school district and it was the most memorable experience I have ever had. I truly can’t describe the trip as anything other than euphoric. I caught my first Alaskan fish, saw a bear wading in the water, and witnessed the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I decided to enter the contest for fun, and to honor the experience I had while visiting Katmai Lodge.”
Alexis, who grew up in Pennsylvania, notes that her connection to family inspired the look of the design. “The love that I have for Alaska and the love that I have for my family on the other side of the country is incomparable, and I often say that I wish I could mail myself and my experiences to and from Alaska to Pennsylvania. That really was the inspiration for my design.”
For over 20 years, Katmai National Park staff have distributed pins to visitors who complete mandatory bear safety training, also known as “bear school.” Wearing this pin serves as a reminder to the visitor of their training and is a visual confirmation to park staff that the visitor has been through the training session. The limited-edition pin with color is a bear booster pin, awarded to visitors who exhibit especially responsible behavior around the bears. The design of the pin comes from an annual contest open to residents of southwest Alaska, announced in January each year.