Bring Glacier Bay to your classroom. Study otters, bears, underwater sound, halibut, the marine environment, crabs, seabirds, kelp forests, and more...
The ocean is filled with amazing noises. Learn how marine mammals rely...
Can YOU identify Glacier Bay's different bears?
Seal? Sea lion? Learn how to tell the difference in this fun lesson.
Sea otters, once nearly eliminated by hunters, have made a spectacular comeback. Until recently, otters had not found their way into Glacier Bay. Now that has changed - presenting the National Park Service with a unique opportunity to understand more about the effect of the otters' return on the ecosystem.
This unit invites students to learn more about these important birds, especially those living in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. They will study the natural history of many of the seabirds of Glacier Bay, the habitats in which they live, and the pressures put on their lives by predators and humans.
The Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) is a popular shellfish that inhabits bays, estuaries, and the nearshore coast of Alaska.This unit invites students to learn more about this interesting crustacean, especially those living in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. They will study the crab's life history, its range in the marine preserve of Glacier Bay and the effect closing the bay to commercial fishing has had on the animal's well-being.
The Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is a popular fin fish that inhabits bays, estuaries, and the nearshore coast of Alaska. This white-fleshed, delicious fish supports both a commercial fishery and a personal use fishery in Alaska. In this unit, your class will discover the life stages, adaptations and economic importance of the Pacific halibut in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
This unit invites students to learn more about this unique and pristine marine wilderness. They will investigate the complex oceanography of the bay to describe the wide variety of ecosystems within its waters. They will determine why Glacier Bay could be awarded a "Biodiversity Award for the Year" by studying the abundant phytoplankton blooms on which the entire ecosystem rests. They will also use the Bay's natural history to predict the effects of global warming on the area.