For Educators

Outdoor class

The Innoko National Wildlife Refuge education and outreach program works to connect people with nature and each other through the unique experiences provided by our national wildlife refuge system. Our programs focus on place-based learning about the land, people, and wildlife of interior Alaska.

 Throughout the year, Innoko Refuge staff work closely with students and teachers; give presentations; coordinate contests, such as the Waterfowl Calendar and the Jr. Duck Stamp; assist with local camps; and organize the Round Mountain Outdoor Science Camp with help from the Iditarod Area School District and BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.

Teacher Resources

The Innoko Refuge has a large selection of books, videos, curricula, kits and activities geared towards natural resources, the environment, and wildlife. This resource library is available to teachers, and to parents who are home-schooling their children. Items may be checked out for a specific period of time and advance notice may be required for some of the more popular items. Contact the Refuge for more information.Filleting a sheefish


Round Mountain Science Camp
Science camp flyerInnoko Refuge, along with the Iditarod Area School District, BLM’s Campbell Creek Science Center, and other cooperators; sponsors an environmental education camp at the Round Mountain outdoor classroom, southwest of McGrath. The camp welcomes high school students within the Iditarod School District to apply and they may be eligible for high school science credit from the District. Goals of the camp are to connect students with their local environment, while developing a basic ecological knowledge and sense of stewardship for the environment. Elders from local villages are encouraged to share their knowledge with the students. Past camps have featured small mammal trapping, fire management, fishing, archery, medicinal plants, elder stories, fish dissection, water sampling, orienteering, first aid, CPR, kayaking, nature artwork, journal writing, and berry picking and preserving.

Important: Science Camp has been cancelled for the summer of 2013, but is expected to resume summer of 2014. Please contact the Refuge if you have any questions.

Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest

Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with other organizations, produces a calendar with a message of the importance of migratory bird conservation. The calendar also highlights information from elders in the communities. A statewide contest is held to select artwork and writings from students. The contest encourages students to learn about the wildlife found near their homes and to promote bird conservation. In the past, the calendar has highlighted endangered waterfowl, Alaskan shorebirds, birds in culture, and species of concern including: the Emperor Goose, Black Brant, Spectacled Eider, and Steller’s Eider. Typically entries for the following year’s calendar are requested by the first Friday in February. Applications, entry information, and past winners are available from participating refuges and the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest web page.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Junior Duck Stamp winnerThe Junior Duck Stamp Contest is a national contest that uses student art to produce a stamp that is then sold to collectors to generate funds for conservation education. It includes an art and science curriculum developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation. Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, research the species and its habitat, and then use an artistic medium to portray their species. Students from K through 12 are eligible for the contest including those who are home schooled. Awards are given to students by grade groups, and then a Best of Show is selected for the state. The Alaska Best of Show winner participates in the national competition in Washington, D.C. Applications, entry information, and past winners are available from participating refuges and the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest web page.

National Wildlife Refuge Week

Usually held during a week in mid-October, National Wildlife Refuge Week was established to increase public awareness of the refuge system. Stay tuned for more information on how the Refuge plans to celebrate.