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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies cooks up Slough Stew
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies cooks up Slough Stew

NOTE: In order to register your class for a program please contact the appropriate organization by email or phone for a reservation and/or confirmation. (Contact information is listed next to each program on the following pages)

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Science Geocaching The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Learn the basics of GPS units and then use the GPS to find and solve seabird science riddles during this two-hour program. No Wildlife Science
Outdoors
Conservation
Earth Science
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Alaska's Endangered Species The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
A 60-minute program to explain the process of how a species become listed under the Endangered Species Act and what that listing means. Also includes a hands-on investigation of endangered Alaska species pelts, skulls, and mounts. No Conservation
Indoors
Wildlife Science
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Waterbird Lab The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
A 90-minute comparative anatomy lab in which students use close observation skills to compare and contrast seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds. Real bird mounts are used throughout the lab. No Wildlife Science
Indoors
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Footprints on an Ancient Land The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
Students will explore the impact of the Aleut people, fur trappers, World War II, the Cold War, and Refuge biologists on Aleutian Island ecology during this 1-hour program. They will be part of a mock court case, where the plantiff is “Mother Nature” and the defenders are the many people ... No Conservation
Indoors
Human History
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Forest Ecology Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
(Seth Spencer)
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
This two-hour field trip takes students through the Lutz spruce forest of the Wynn Nature Center while engaging them in lessons of forest ecology and forest succession. August-October. $75 per class. Yes Outdoors
Plant Science
Wildlife Science
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Mammals of Kachemak Bay The Pratt Museum
(Chessie Sharp)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
A mammal skull lab allows students a hands-on look at how an animal is adapted for survival in Kachemak Bay and how skulls are used for mammal classification. This lab is best suited for older students (4th grade through 12th grade) although the activity can be adapted to accommodate younger ... Yes Indoors
Ocean Science
Wildlife Science
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Medicinal Plant Hike Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
(Seth Spencer)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
This two hour field trip to Wynn Nature Center focuses on traditional and medicinal plant uses of local plants. Special focus on Dena'ina relationship with and uses of plants. August-October. $75 per class. Yes Plant Science
Human History
Outdoors
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Shorebirds 101 The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
A 30-minute program in which students develop basic shorebird identification skills and learn about how shorebirds can migrate such long distances. No Wildlife Science
Indoors
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Onboard Oceanography Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
(Seth Spencer)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Program on board the M/V Discovery engages student interest in scientific inquiry-based activities. A five hour cruise focuses on oysters and oyster farming in Kachemak Bay. The program provides hands-on opportunities related to water sampling, collection of plankton, tides and currents, ocean acidification, and a tour of the Gull ... Yes Ocean Science
Outdoors
Wildlife Science
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Winter Ecology Program Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
(Seth Spencer)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Classes participate in 2-3 day residential field science and winter survival skills program on the snowy bluffs overlooking Homer. Students are introduced to the winter ecology of boreal ecosystems through hands-on activities. Activities include guided snowshoe natural history hikes, winter science labs, animal tracking, building snow structures and shelters, and ... Yes Outdoors
Wildlife Science
Earth Science
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