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Listed below are on-site activity lessons plans, pre and post lessons, and useful resources such as films and CD ROMs. These were chosen for use by teachers in preparation or as a follow-up to a visit to Kachemak Bay.



Alaska Coastal Ecology Teacher’s Guide

Grades 4-12

Background information of the Kachemak Bay environment, the factors that create diversity and abundance, prehistoric use of the Bay, intertidal ecology, forest ecology, and stewardship of the Bay. + pre-trip and post-trip activity suggestions for field trips to Peterson Bay Field Station. Field trip teaching concepts are cross-referenced to Alaska Science Standards. $15. Provided free to teachers participating in CACS Alaska Coastal Ecology field trips.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Alaska Native Cultures

Grade K-12

Community-Baced Films featuring voices from Alutiiq Sugpiaq and Dena'ina Athabascan storytellers. Available for loan free of charge.

Available from: Pratt Museum


Arctic Nesting Shorebirds Curriculum

Available from: Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge


Identification and natural history information (habitat use, behavior, nesting, range) about birds found at Wynn Nature Center.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Darkened Waters 

Grade 9-12 & adult

This book, written by Nancy Lord, is a review of the history, science, and technology associated with the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and Cleanup. Free.

Available from: Pratt Museum


Learn About Seabirds Curriculum

Available from: AK Natural History Association


Kachemak Bay Onboard Oceanography Program Teacher Manual.

Grade 4-12

Background for the CACS Onboard Oceanography field trip, educational objectives of the program, Alaska Science Standards addressed, descriptions of field trip activities, and pre- and post-field trip activities. Sent free of charge to teachers participating in the field trip along with a trip checklist, background information on oysters, oyster farming, and plankton; information for chaperones, and data sheet masters.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies



Compilation of Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Notebook series and teaching activities about mammals found in the Lutz spruce (hybrid White Spruce X Sitka Spruce), black cottonwood, willow and alder shrub thickets, and stream habitats of at Wynn Nature Center.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies



Tlingit Moon and Tides

Combines Native ways of knowing with Western science exploring the coastal ecosystem

Available from: SeaGrant


Who’s Who in the Intertidal Zone?

Grades 4-12

Great resource for student reports and field trips. Atlas of 50 intertidal animals and seaweeds commonly observed in Peterson and China Poot Bay and other rocky beach habitats in Kachemak Bay. Fact sheets and illustrations for each species, including what it looks like, adaptations (how it stays wet, how it gets food, how it avoids being food, how it moves, how it reproduces), what eats it, and here it is found in the intertidal zone. Illustrations match those on the Beachcomber’s Guide to Intertidal Marine Invertebrates of Southcentral Alaska. $15. Provided free to teachers participating in CACS Alaska Coastal Ecology field trips.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Wynn Nature Center teacher resource series.

Grades 1-12

All are free of charge to teachers.

1. Teacher’s Handbook with Lessons and Suggestions for Learning More about Forest Ecology and Making your WNC Field Trip More Meaningful

Sample lessons from Project Learning Tree, Alaska Wildlife Curriculum’s Alaska Ecology unit, and The Role of Fire in Alaska, and relevant Alaska Science Standards.

2. Forest Ecology, emphasizing Plants, Fungi, Soils, and Maps

Background information on plant and fungus species that can be observed at Wynn Nature Center and effects of the spruce bark beetle epidemic on Kachemak Bay forests. Learning activities are about trees, forests, forest succession, and forest management issues related to the beetle epidemic.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Sea Ducks of Alaska Activity Guide

Grades 4-6

Hands-on activity guide offers activities that explore the unique adaptations of sea ducks (eiders, scoters, mergansers, bufflehead, goldeneyes, and harlequin and long-tailed ducks) and their role in the marine and fresh water food webs; provides an opportunity to research 15 species found in Alaska, and looks at some conservation issues surrounding the health of sea duck populations in Alaska. Includes 8 color species identification cards and 12 color “Sea Duck Trading Cards”. Downloadable as .pdf files from CACS website.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Alaska Endangered Species Activity Guide

Grades K-8

Hands on activities with a focus on plant and animal population dynamics, the factors that lead to population declines and extinctions, and the role of people in restoring threatened or endangered species. The Aleutian Canada goose, sea otters, Steller’s and spectacled eiders, and the Pribilof rock sandpiper are featured species. A kit is available for loan from the AK Maritime Wildlife Refuge. The activity guide is downloadable as a .pdf file from CACS website.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Gulf of Alaska CoastWatch Curriculum Guide

Grades 5-12

An inquiry-based curriculum focused on the activity of environmental monitoring in the intertidal zone. Pre-field beach trip learning activities introduce students to the process of using scientific protocols and collecting, entering, and analyzing data; and provide skill-building in the identification and classification of marine invertebrates and seaweeds and and introduce environmental issues relevant to beaches. Field trip activities provide a range of involvement in environmental monitoring, from discovery hikes to data collection suitable for entire classes or for smaller groups interested in more intensive data collection. The curriculum program will be linked to collaborative regional monitoring efforts (Kachemak Bay CoastWalk) and intenational efforts (GLOBE) and may be linked in the future to the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring and Research Program (GEM). Downloadable as a .pdf file from CACS website.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Kachemak Bay Ecological Characterization (KBEC) CD ROM

Grades 6-12 & adult

This CD is an encyclopedia of information about the Kachemak Bay region. IT covers the ecological, physical and human/socail components. The CD includes photos, short film clips, and maps along with its searchable narrative. Also included is a geographic information system (GIS) database that may be used with ArcExplorer (included) or ArcView GIS programs. An updated KBEC program is also available on-line at Kachemak Bay Research Reserve's website.

Available from: Kachemak Bay Research Reserve


Kachemak Bay Research Reserve: Wetland Function Assessment Tool.

Grades 9-12 & adult

An educational CD ROM tool that brings the state of scientific understanding of wetland functions into a landscape setting to provide a context for planning. This CD ROM is a planning tool for portions of the for the Anchor River of the Kenai Peninsula lowlands. Although designed for land use planners, managers and property owners, it is also useful for educators providing a means for understanding wetland functions from the watershed perspective. An ArcView project with hot-linked reference notes and field images is included giving the user a perspective of how wetlands function in the landscape setting, and how to plan to avoid impacts to wetlands. This project shows how integration of biological field data, wetland function models, digital imagery, topographic data, and infrastructure information can be combined within in a GIS to create a planning tool for sustaining wetland functions in the landscape.

Available from: Kachemak Bay Research Reserve


Life at the Beach: among friends and anemones

Twenty-minute video with accompanying Teacher Guide introduces intertidal ecology and beach etiquette with a storyline about kids making a beach field trip with a naturalists. Human role message includes use of beach resources as traditional foods. Shot in Kachemak Bay, Kodiak, and other areas of the Pacific Northwest. $20. Alaska Sea Grant.

Available from: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Living in Harmony with Bears


Available from: Pratt Museum


A special thanks to the Homer Foundation for funding and to Stan Anderson for hosting the website.