Community Resources

Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC), National Park Service, has outdoor education kits that can be checked out on a wide range of topics: from bear and moose safety, to owl pellets, and climate change.  On-site field trips at APLIC available, or rangers can come to the school and lead a walk and a lesson.
www.alaskacenters.gov/anchorage-for-teachers.cfm
Contact Glenn Hart at glenn_hart@nps.gov

Alaska Botanical Garden offers lessons on native plants and trees taught by their staff, brought directly to your classroom or on a field trip to the garden.  www.alaskabg.org/programsevents/workshopseducation
Contact Stacey Shriner at Stacey.shriner@alaskabg.org

 Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has critter cams available to take a peek into your nearby natural habitats. You can check them out for a week after a short workshop on use.

Teacher trainings for the following guides:

Contacts Brenda Duty at Brenda.Duty@alaska.gov or Elizabeth Manning at  Elizabeth.manning@alaska.gov

Alaska Geographic has field teacher training courses; explore the wilderness Alaska has to offer! www.akgeo.org/field-courses/teacher-opportunities

Alaska Huts Association offers the opportunity to take your students outdoors overnight to stay at Manitoba Cabin, an hour and a half south of Anchorage.  Sleeps 18.  Mention Schools on Trails for a youth discount.  www.alaskahuts.org

Alaska Natural Resources Outdoor Education (ANROE) has a comprehensive database for outdoor education resources and organizations across the state. They also offer teacher workshops. www.anroe.net

Alaska Sea Grant has an outdoor curriculum that they have recently renamed the Alaska Seas & Watersheds Curriculum. Includes lesson plans for grades K-8, as well as a list of recorded webinars and other professional development opportunities. www.aswc.seagrant.uaf.edu

Alaska Zoo staff can bring Alaskan animals into your classroom for a nose to nose lesson! (The porcupine is amazing).  www.alaskazoo.org

Anchorage School District and STEM Curriculum Coordinator, Jennifer Witter, house the new Watershed Investigations Kit that have field microscopes, hand lenses, nets, key to macro-invertebrates, water quality testing, and more. Designed for 4th grade curriculum, it can be checked out by any teacher.  Get your students out exploring their nearby stream or creek!
Contact Jennifer Witter at Witter_jennifer@asdk12.org

Audubon Alaska has good resources for citizen science. www.ak.audubon.org/get-involved/citizen-science

Bird Treatment Leaning Center provides hands on, science based education presentations in your classroom with live birds. www.birdtlc.org/educationprograms

Begich Boggs Visitor Center, in Portage Valley, offers a wilderness experience for your students with options for hikes, salmon and glacier viewing, exhibits, and educational films.  www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/home/?cid=stelprdb5251094

Campbell Creek Science Center offers K-12 student field trips to the Science Center are offered throughout the school year, taught by talented outdoor education staff.  Choose from their wide array of lessons, or work with them for a custom designed lesson. www.blm.gov/ccsc

Children and Nature Network, founder Richard Louv.  A worldwide movement for connecting children and nature, great articles and inspiration. www.childrenandnature.org

Cooperative Extension Service can get your students involved in current natural sciences research projects; no fee for experts to come to your classroom and offer in-depth opportunities for science.
Contact Gino Grazziano (Invasive Plants) at gagraziano@alaska.edu or Jessie Moan (Insects) at mjmoan@alaska.edu

Eagle River Nature Center offers field trips to the Eagle River Nature Center (naturalist-guided or self-guided), or can arrange for a naturalist to bring program to your classroom. www.ernc.org or call 907-694-2108

Iditarod Trail in Every Classroom! ( iTREC!) is a year-long training in place based education for teachers, and a fabulous way to get immersed in outdoor learning and teaching your students about stewardship of Alaska’s public lands.
www.iditarod100.org/education-program

Salmon in the Classroom! has many Alaska Outdoor Education resources from Kay Shoemaker and some links to lessons from her book as well. www.ak4Hsalmonintheclassroom.weebly.com

StoryTracks, from Best Beginnings,  has “pictures on parade.” Check out a book in sign-format that can be posted along a trail for your students to read as they walk!  www.bestbeginningsalaska.org/what-we-do/storytracks