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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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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
(Beth Trowbridge)
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
This two-hour field trip takes students through the Lutz spruce forest of the Wynn Nature Center takes 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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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
(Beth Trowbridge)
  • 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
(Beth Trowbridge)
  • 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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"Club Mud": Shorebirding Mud Bay The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
A 2-hour field class in which students flock to Mud Bay with the migrating shorebirds. Learn to identify the birds up close and personal using field guides, binoculars, and spotting scopes. Other stations include: the shorebird food web and using dichotomous keys to idnetify the birds. (May 1-15 ONLY. Limited ... No Wildlife Science
Outdoors
Ocean Science
Conservation
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Hula Hoop Ecology The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Students use hula hoops, digital cameras, and notebooks to inventory and investigate plants and animals within three habitats: forest, wetland, and beach, during this 2-hour program. This program teaches random sampling and data collection methods. It also includes the use of plant and bug guides to identify species ... No Plant Science
Outdoors
Art
Wildlife Science
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Medicinal Plant Hike Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
(Beth Trowbridge)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
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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War in the Aleutians The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
(Kendra Bush-St.Louis)
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
Students wear helmets to help them step back in time to a military briefing on Kiska Island during WWII. They will take on the many human roles and challenges that people faced in the “Forgotten War.” No Human History
Indoors
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Comparative Mammal Skull Lab The Pratt Museum
(Chessie Sharp)
  • 4
This program offers a hands on skull lab focusing on the mammals of Kachemak Bay. Adaptation and taxonomy orientation. No


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