For Educators


There are several ways the Kenai Refuge can be involved directly with your group from visiting the Refuge for a staff-led program to having a staff member come to you.

To schedule a program, borrow resources, or for more information please contact Michelle Ostrowski, the Kenai Refuge Education Specialist at (907) 260-2839. 


All programs and resources are free of charge unless otherwise noted.


Central Peninsula Pre-school providers/Daycare Facilities


If you have 10 or more students ages 2-5, invite Refuge education staff to come to you (October-January).  Modified from our monthly Refuge PEEPS (Pre-school Environmental Education Programs), these 30 minute programs introduce the natural world to children through stories, tactile props and active movement games.  We can also accommodate a trail walk on the Keen-Eye trail if your students would like to take a field trip to us (May or August).  Call for more information.


Environmental Education Programs for K-6 School Groups



 Connect your students with nature by attending a staff-led program on the Kenai Refuge with your class.  Each grade has one or more programs linked to Alaska State Standards.  Programs are available in fall, winter, and spring.  Programs take place at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, and utilize the adjacent Keen-Eye nature trail.  A few of our programs take place in the field on Refuge trails or at the Outdoor Education Center (OEC). 


Fall & Spring (late August – early October) and (late April – mid May) K- 6th options

Winter (mid February – mid March) 2nd-6th snowshoeing options


Classroom Programs  



 The Refuge has various interactive programs that can be brought into your classroom and school (October-January & April).  Call for more information.  If time allows, programs can be created to fit your needs.


Homeschool Families



 For our local homeschool community, the Refuge tries to offer at least one event (usually in the form of a scheduled multi-age drop-in Discovery Center) per year specifically for K-6 homeschool students.  Staff can also accommodate groups (upon availability) wanting to learn about a specific topic request if at least 10 students are participating.


Educator Resources available for checkout

The Education Specialist has various resources available for a 2-3 week checkout.  Seven suitcase kits include various resources including hands on replica molds, reference, identification, & story books, curriculum, and much more. A resource library collection of books, CDs, VHSs, and DVDs includes a wide variety of materials available to help support local educators.

Suitcase kits Kenai Peninsula School District schools can also opt to have the media warehouse deliver your kit

Library Inventory Once in the Excel document click on the “Find and Select” binocular icon on the top right.  Click “find” and then type in a key word to search through the inventory.   

CD, VHS, DVD resources


Outdoor Education Center facility   

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Outdoor Education Center (OEC) is located ¼ mile from the junction of Swanson River and Swan Lake Roads.  This facility is available for educational groups to use free of charge.  It consists of 6 sleeping cabins, covered central meeting area, nature trail, outhouses, picnic tables and a fire ring.  No electricity.  A Special Use Permit is required from the Education Specialist in advance.



The Refuge hosts a kit that Kenai Peninsula Girl Scout leaders can check-out for the Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges patch.  The Refuge also tries to have one event per year where local Girl Scouts can come and earn this patch through a staff led program.  This patch is for Brownies and up. The patch must be purchased through the Alaska Girl Scouts Council in Anchorage.


Scout groups interested in coming to the Refuge to earn components towards patches can contact the Education Specialist to make arrangements for staff-led possibilities.


All programs are free to students and teachers.