During this continued time of school closures and physical distancing, CACS is committed to sharing resources. We want to help you and your kids engage in science learning and outdoor exploration! We are continuing to work to make as many relevant lesson plans and activity sheets (think scavenger hunts, etc.) available to you. During the next few weeks, CACS education staff will continue to refine existing activities and lesson plans so they are more useful in this sort of homeschool context, so check back frequently if you can!
CACS is committed to helping teachers and informal educators stay current in the field of science and environmental education. We sponsor or instruct classes for teachers and environmental educators that combine classroom instruction and field trips. Classes that have been offered in the past include Teacher/Informal Educators Workshops in Project WILD/Project Learning Tree, WOW! Wonders of Wetlands, Invasive Plants of Alaska, and Coastal Monitoring/Environmental Stewardship. The courses are accredited by the through the University of Alaska Anchorage and typically are offered for 1 credit. Check back here for upcoming workshops in 2021.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has developed, or partnered with other agencies to develop, several activity guides and curriculums. In addition, we have planning guides, science content guides, and other educational media to help teachers prepare for a field trip to one of our facilities or integrate exciting, hands-on environmental education activities into their classroom. All activities in our guides are aligned with Alaska State Science Standards.
CACS has developed Sea Ducks of Alaska Activity Guide that explores sea ducks, their biology, and conservation issues. Lessons are hands-on and aligned with Alaska State Standards. A sea duck education kit is also available for loan from CACS and has all of the resources needed to conduct the activities including a collection of sea duck decoys that students can handle, observe and use as a learning tool.
Our Endangered Species Activity Guide also has an educational kit that can be checked out from CACS and includes a selection of puppets that can be used for the Endangered species puppet show to introduce the amazing story of the recovery of the Aleutian Canada Goose.
The Alaska CoastWatch Activity Guide was developed to help educators incorporate stewardship of our coastal resources into their classroom. It includes activities that range from the basic level of exploration and discovery of intertidal biodiversity to data collection and research on marine invertebrates. Background on beach etiquette as well as conducting a CoastWalk/Marine Debris Clean-up are also included. Updated and more comprehensive Alaska CoastWatch Curriculum.
The Weed Wackers: Invasive Plants of Alaska Activity Guide was developed to help educators engage their students in the emerging study of invasive plants in coastal, boreal and arctic ecosystems of Alaska. It includes activities that explore the biology and impact of invasive plants, contributes to current research, and investigates the role of humans in both the spread and prevention of invasive plants in Alaska. CACS offers teacher training workshops throughout Alaska on this curriculum with the support of the US Forest Service.
Teaching Kits Available for Check-Out
Call 907-235-6667 to reserve kits. Kits may be checked out for up to 10 days, check-out renewal available by phone.
Coastal Monitoring Kit
- Grades 5-12
- Pre-trip and post-trip activities for beach walk with data collection
- Kit includes Alaska CoastWatch Curriculum Guide, a collection of shells, models of organisms, 6 quadrants, 100m transect tape, 2 tide tables and stopwatch, 6 clipboards, 10 binoculars, garbage bags, CoastWatch datasheets, video, Beach Explorations Curriculum Guide, biodiversity cards, books.
Sea Ducks of Alaska Kit
- Grades 4-6
- Hands-on activities on sea duck adaptations, their role in marine and freshwater food webs, and conservation issues surrounding the health of the sea duck populations in Alaska.
- Kit includes Sea Ducks of Alaska Activity Guide, a class set of binoculars, 8 sea duck models, books, pamphlets, powerpoint presentation on CD. Travelling Alaska Sea Duck Display also available.
Endangered and Threatened Species of Alaska Kit
- Grades K-6
- Activities focus on selected Alaskan Species that are threatened, endangered, or at risk, factors that may place species at risk, and the importance of biodiversity. Species of focus include Short-tailed albatross, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, Aleutian Sheild Fern, Pribilof Rock Sandpiper, Aleutian Canada Goose, and Northern Sea Otter.
- Kit includes Endangered Species of Alaska Activity Guide, puppets, and books.
Weed Wackers: Invasive Plants of Alaska Kit
- Grades K-6
- Activities explore the biology, impacts, and identification of invasive plants in Alaska. Three curriculum units allow students to explore the biology of invasive plants, conduct experiments on invasive plants modeled after real experiments being conducted by scientists in Alaska, and integrate social studies to explore the human role in the spread and prevention of invasive plants in Alaska.
- Kit includes Weed Wackers: K-6 Educator’s Guide to Invasive Plants of Alaska Curriculum Guide, grow light, plant press, plant pots, stands and trays, quadrat, transect tape, soil corer, hand trowels, laminated pressed plant specimens, thermometers, plant ID books, kids books, and class sets of hand lenses, Petri dishes, and forceps.
Paper Making Kit
- Grades K-12
- Hands-on activity to explore recycling and the art of papermaking
- Kit contains all materials needed to make recycled paper (includes blender, screens, paper, fine mesh bag, towels, sponges).
- Includes step-by-step instructions and resource materials on recycling.
Fish Printing Kit
- Grades K-12
- Hands-on activity to explore the art of gyotaku (fish printing) and extend learning on fish morphology
- Kit contains all materials needed to make fish print art (includes latex fish molds, rice paper, newsprint, paint, burlap, butcher paper).
- Includes step-by-step instructions, a lesson plan with gyotaku background information, and 2 laminated fish anatomy posters.
ANROE Fire Kit
- Grades K-8
- Hands-on activity to explore the the impact that fire has on Alaskan natural resources.
- Kit contains all materials needed to teach students about wildland fire ecology, behavior, and management, and how to make our homes “Firewise.”