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For more information or to schedule a field trip or classroom visit, contact Education Specialist Kendra Bush 907-226-4606.


ProgramGrade DescriptionTime Where 
Otterly Wonderful OttersKStudents learn about sea otters and how their bodies are specially adapted for living in cold Alaskan waters. The program includes hands-on learning activities, educational props and a craft.1 hr
 Visitor Center or 
Teacher’s Classroom 
K-LS1-1; K-LS2-1; K-ESS2-2; K-ESS3-1; RI.K.1
 Being a Bald Eagle 
KIntroduces students to the life cycle, behaviors and adaptations of bald eagles during various stages of their lives. Includes story time, hands on learning activities and educational props.1hrVisitor Center or Teacher's ClassroomK-LS1-1; K-LS2-1; K-ESS2-2; K-ESS3-1; RI.K.1
Fabulous Feathers1stThis lab based program helps students discover the wonders of bird feather structure, properties and uses. Students will test real feathers for a variety of functions and learn about how oil spills impact birds that live in or around water.1:30 hrVisitor Center1-LS1-1; 1-LS1-2; 1-LS3-1
Water Birds1stDuring this program, students learn what makes a bird different from other types of animals and how birds who live in or near water are specially adapted to their environment. This program includes story time, hands on learning activities and educational props.      1hrVisitor Center or Teacher's Classroom1-LS1-1; 1-LS1-2; 1-LS3-1
Amazing Marine Mammals3rdDuring this program students discover how whales, seals, sea lions, polar bears, walruses and sea otters make their living in Alaska’s frigid waters. Includes hands-on activities and comparison of real skulls and pelts. 2 hrs     Visitor Center3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1; 3-LS3-2; 3-LS4-2; 3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4     
Seabird Adaptations3rd     

Students meet the seabirds of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Discover their adaptations and key role in marine ecology. Assist in “building” a seabird.

1.5 hrVisitor Center or Teacher's Classroom3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1; 3-LS3-2; 3-LS4-1; 3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4
Marine Debris3rdStudents experience the challenges marine wildlife face with entanglement, ingestion, and inhalation caused by ocean trash.  They will engage in games that simulate the negative impacts of marine debris and brainstorm ways to keep it from ending up in the ocean.2 hrs     Visitor Center or Teacher's Classroom3-LS4-1; 3-LS4-4; 3-5-ETS1-1; 3-5-ETS1-2; 3-5-ETS1-3
Shorebirds 101
Prerequuisite for Club Mud
Available April/May only
4th Students develop basic shorebird identification skills and learn about how and why shorebirds migrate such long distances.

1 hrTeacher's Classroom4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2 
Club Mud
Shorebirding Mud Bay
Available April/May only
4thStudents learn to identify shorebirds up close using field guides, binoculars, and spotting scopes. They will get to experience the migration of birds into Homer, AK. Other activities include: the shorebird feeding/ food web activity and using dichotomous2 hrs     Mud Bay in Homer, AK4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2
R/V Tiglax Tour4thStudents come aboard the Alaska Maritime Refuge’s research vessel, the R/V Tiglax, to learn about the work the US Fish and Wildlife Service conducts from this one of a kind vessel.  (Dockside tour)2 hrs     R/V Tiglax
Homer, AK Harbor
4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2; ETSI-1; ETSI-2
 Water Birds of Winter4thStudents learn how some birds are adapted to survive the cold winters here in Alaska. In addition, the students will practice their bird identification skills.2 hrs     Classroom and Homer Spit4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2
Introduction to Digital Nature Photography5thStudents will learn the basics of photo composition and practice these skills out in nature. In addition, they will explore the ways nature photography is used both for recreation and as a tool for scientific research. All students will receive a CD of their photos after the program. **Limit of 15 students for individual camera use, 30 students for partner use**2.5 hrs
(can be split into two sessions)
Visitor Center or Teacher's Classroom4-ESS2-1; 4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2
Science Orienteering5th     Students are introduced to the importance of compasses as tools for field scientific researchers. They will gain the basic understanding of how to use a compass both with and without a map. They will then use those skills to complete a science based scavenger hunt.2.5 hrs
(can be split into two sessions)
Visitor Center or Teacher's Classroom·       5-PS3-1; 5-LS1-1; 5-LS2-1
Science Geocaching5thStudents learn the basics of geocaching and how it applies to both scientific research and recreational activities. They are then given a brief introduction on how to use a GPS unit and will complete a scavenger hunt based real time scientific research.2 hrsVisitor Center or Teacher's Classroom ·       5-PS3-1; 5-LS1-1; 5-LS2-1
Seabirds and Climate Change6thStudents will use hands-on activities to discover the causes and impacts of climate change within the Arctic and its impact on Arctic seabird populations.2 hrsVisitor Center or Teacher's ClassroomMS.ESS3-5; MS.ESS3-3; MS. ESS3-4
WWII in the Aleutians6thStudents wear helmets to help them step back in time to a military briefing in Dutch Harbor during WWII. They will learn about the various human roles and challenges that people faced during the “Forgotten War”.2 hrsVisitor CenterMS.ESS3-2; MS.ESS3-3; MS. ESS3-4
Invasive Species6thStudents are introduced to what makes a species invasive vs. native. Through hands-on activities, they will discover the harmful impacts invasive species have on native habitats and how easily marine invasive can spread.2 hrsVisitor CenterMS.ESS3-2; MS.ESS3-3; MS. ESS3-4

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