Environmental Education Programs for K-6 School Groups
The Kenai NWR provides school groups with high quality
environmental education programs on wildlife related topics. Currently, the environmental education staff
has developed nine curricula aligned with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School
District standards. Each year approximately 2,500 students from the central
Kenai Peninsula participate in our programs.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is 1.92 million acres and
is often called “Alaska in Miniature”. The various habitat and ecosystems offer
a wonderful opportunity for local students to explore, hands-on, a variety of
areas in the natural world.
All programs are free to students and teachers.
Animals and Their
Through a series of activities using their own senses, children
relate to how wildlife use each of their five senses for survival.
Amazing Animals (1st)
Activities and games highlight what makes living things
different than non-living things, how animals move, differences between wild
animals and pets, and about animal life cycles.
Habitat Is Where It’s
Activities and games highlight what is habitat, the importance
of habitat, how animals are adapted to their habitat, and how humans impact
Plants, Animals and
Their Environment (3rd)
Through hands-on activities students will explore plants,
food chains, food webs, and their interdependence of plants and animals
necessary for survival.
Wetlands and Wildlife
Students learn about the variety of wetlands in Alaska and
their important functions for wildlife and people through exploring water
quality testing and dip netting for aquatic invertebrates.
Students hike the Hidden Creek Trail to explore a naturally
re-vegetated burn site. Concepts covered include succession, habitat mosaic,
fire triangle, and firefighting methods.
Leave No Trace
Students learn the seven Leave No Trace principles through
hands-on activities, an overnight stay at the Outdoor Education Center, and a
February to mid-March
Wildlife in Winter
Students explore the reasons for the changing seasons and how
wildlife adapts to Alaska’s winter. Concepts
covered include seasonal changes, animal tracks, and animal adaptations. Snowshoeing is an element of the field trip
if weather permits.
Winter Ecology (6th)
Students are introduced to the challenges wildlife face in
the winter. Concepts covered include predator-prey interactions; food chains;
and human impacts of winter recreation on wildlife. Snowshoeing is an element of
the field trip if weather permits.
Field Trip Requirements:
Teachers are required to attend an orientation session prior to the field trip.
Participating schools need to be within an hour drive from Soldotna.
Assistance from teacher and chaperones.
Teachers are required to attend a one-hour teacher orientation in Soldotna.
Post trip activities completed with class.
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