For Educators

Volunteer teaching

Our visitor services program is designed to inspire and help create knowledgeable, responsible citizens to take action for the betterment of our natural and cultural resources. We wish to instill a sense of connection to the natural world through environmental education programs linked to standards of learning.

Classroom Programs

Ask for a free visit to your classroom for hands-on science programs on a variety of topics, including:

  • Alaska Peninsula wildlife and habitats, including specific kits on wolves, caribou, insects, and mammals
  • Endangered species
  • Paleontology
  • Wilderness
  • Current biological research on the Refuge

Contact the Visitor Services Manager for more information: 907-246-3339.

Field Trips

Take a field trip to the King Salmon Visitor Center with your Students! Current exhibits and educational resources available at the Visitor Center include:

  • History of salmon fishing in the Bristol Bay Region
  • Volcanology and the Pacific Ring of Fire
  • Native cultures on the Alaska Peninsula
  • Interactive map of the Peninsula
  • Examples of wildlife in the region

Educators Lending Library

An online catalogue lists library resources available to borrow from the King Salmon Visitor Center, including books, DVDs, videos, and teacher manuals. Stop by the Visitor Center for a look, call 907-246-4250 to ask for help, or browse on-line.

To use the King Salmon Visitor Center LibraryThing account to see what is in the resource lending library :

  1. Go to the website:
  2. Under the pale yellow bar is a note saying: “KingSalmonVC has a suggested style for viewing this library (use it).” Click on “use it” – it will give you the most information.
  3. On the right side, you will see 2 search boxes. Use the lower (rectangular) one for your searches. Type in the subject you are interested in.
  4. When you find the item(s) you would like to check out, make a note of the title, author, and Dewey call number. Contact the King Salmon Visitor Center and let them know what you need and when you will need it. They can be reached at:
    907-246-4250, King Salmon Visitor Center, Ranger Debi Tibbetts

Taquka Kuik (Bear Creek) Science and Culture Camp

The Taquka Kuik (Bear Creek) Science and Culture Camp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Lake and Peninsula School District, Bristol Bay School District, Alaska Geographic, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The camp is held annually in early September for one week. Students learn some of the techniques that are employed by wildlife biologists to study plants, fish, and animals in the field and establish use of the scientific method through a student research project. The goals of Camp:

  • Students will hone their observational skills in the practice of field science.
  • Students will gains skills in outdoor safety and survival.
  • Students will learn how people in the past used the same scientific and practical skills in their own lives.
  • Students will have hands-on experience that will help them decide whether to pursue science as a career or an educational interest.
Subjects include: 
  • Alaska Peninsula wildlife
  • Scientific process and inquiry
  • Wildlife and habitats
  • Ecology of land and water
  • Geology and paleontology
  • Archeology and regional culture
  • Patterns of change

Additional Resources

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest occurs annually, supporting bird education and outreach. Students grades K-12 can send literature and/or poster entries, and winners appear in the next year's calendar. Calendars are distributed free at visitor centers and refuges throughout the state. Learn more here: Calendar Contest

The Junior Duck Stamp Program, a kids’ version of the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Program, engages K-12 students in an integrated arts and science curriculum that ends with a design challenge to create a North American waterfowl art piece for submission to the state contest. For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, and to download the curriculum and entry materials, visit