Community Resources

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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game 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:

  • Project Wild K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide
  • Project Wild Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide
  • Alaska Wildlife Curriculum Teachers Guides (For the Future, Tundra and Wildlife)
  • Calendars- workshops, skills, etc.

Alaska Geographic has field teacher training courses; explore the wilderness Alaska has to offer! 

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

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.

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

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

Bird Treatment Learning Center provides hands on, science based education presentations in your classroom with live birds.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.