Engage Anchorage schools in nearby trails, parks, streams, and natural habitats to educate students and staff about community assets and enrich neighborhoods through increased local awareness. Establish connections with students and create opportunities to share in civic engagement, participate in the project planning process, foster stewardship of our lands, and instill the value of safe public spaces as a key component in the quality of life.
- Identify and raise awareness of trails, parks, and streams and natural habitats near Anchorage schools.
- Connect schools and families to these nearby public spaces and encourage outdoor educational opportunities.
- Engage staff and students in creation, planning, and implementation of improvement projects.
- Involve students in each step of the process as real life lessons in civic engagement and project management.
- Leverage school interest for project fundraising and long-term success.
- Provide continuing education incentives to school staff and other volunteers for professional participation.
Recent projects and events
- Sand Lake Park Makeover by Sand Lake Elementary
- Every Kid Outdoors
- Design Competition
- Learning Labs at Russian Jack Springs Park
- Westchester Lagoon Nature Trail
- Schools on Trails at Balto Seppala Park
- Schools on Trails Maps
- Watershed Maps
Anchorage school teachers are using their nearby parks and trails as outdoor learning spaces and they need YOU to chaperone! Chaperones must be available for a minimum of two hours a month during school hours. No training required, but experience with children, education, and the outdoors is a plus.
Meredith Gutierrez, Youth Engagement Coordinator
Information Request Form– Complete and submit for more information!