The 2008 Alaska Park Science Symposium was held 14-16 October 2008 in Fairbanks, Alaska, in conjunction with Beringia Days 2008.
The symposium was sponsored by the National Park Service
and was an International Polar Year event.
The theme of the meeting was Natural and Cultural Heritage of Greater Beringia. The meeting presentations focused on the natural and cultural resources found in the parks, protected areas, and communities of this vast area, which stretches from the Lena River in Siberia to the Mackenzie River in Canada and from the North Pole to the Aleutian Islands.
The 2008 Alaska Park Science Symposium was the third in a biannual series of scientific conferences that are place-based, in that the symposia focus on specific national parks in Alaska, and drawing scientists and scholars from many disciplines with work occurring in or relevant to these areas.
The focus of the 2008 symposium was on the parks and protected areas (e.g. preserves, monuments, refuges) in Greater Beringia, including Alaska, Chukotka, and the Yukon Territory. The National Park Service areas in the Alaskan Arctic include: the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Noatak National Preserve.
The National Park Service manages the Shared Beringian Heritage Program, which supports a wide range of cultural exchanges, research, and international meetings focused on the Beringia region. The Beringia Days International Conference has been held annually since 1996 to recognize and celebrate the contemporary and historic value of the region’s shared ecological and cultural heritage.