For Educators

Education and outreach programs at the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge include classroom visits, special events, community seminars, outdoor youth camps, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Classroom Visits

Refuge staff visit classrooms to present activities and information on a variety of topics including salmon and moose ecology, waterfowl and wetlands, subsistence use, radio telemetry demonstrations, watercraft safety, and learning about the natural role of fire in the Yukon Flats. Refuge staff may be able to accommodate special requests from teachers to present a particular topic.

Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program

The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others. Refuge staff work with students to learn about waterfowl and wetlands conservation and to create an artwork project that can be entered into the national contest. Entries are due by March 15th of each year.

An education kit is also available for check-out that includes materials to conduct the program with up to 25 students. The kit contents include a classroom presenter’s guide, Junior Duck Stamp curriculum and activity guide, paper, colored pencils, educational books, videos, DVDs, photographs and posters about waterfowl, art tips, examples of past student entries, and samples of contest prizes.

Environmental Education Library

The Refuge maintains a small library of educational books, videos, curricula, and other materials at its Fairbanks office. These can be checked out by educators and interested individuals.

Additional Programs and Resources

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest occurs annually, supporting bird education and outreach. Students in 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

Complete this printable worksheet packet of Jr. Ranger Activities for exploring wilderness, either at a wilderness area you are visiting, one near your home, one you would like to visit, or one you just want to study.

Which Aquatic Invasive Species Are You?

Take this Buzzfeed Quiz to discover which invasive species you identify with most and what you can do to be the only one in your area.

Cornell Lab Bird Academy 

Engage in fun, interactive, online lessons to learn about bird identification, anatomy, evolution, and conservation from a world-class ornithology lab.
Learn about 14 weird and wonderful species that are currently endangered, threatened, or of special concern.
Access educational curricula, classroom activities, teaching kits, and publications for teachers to utilize in the classroom.