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  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Seals of Glacier Bay 1: Flipper Feet

    Harbor seals hauled out on a beach in Glacier Bay as the tide rises.

    Students begin this investigation by watching the seven-minute video,  Harbor Seals in Glacier Bay. Jamie Womble, a seal researcher at Glacier Bay, interacts with local students to answer questions about harbor seals and various ways to study them. Students compare their answers to the researcher questions and their reactions to the video. As researchers, students observe the similarities and differences between seals and sea lions and create a Venn Diagram to graph these features.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    seals, harbor seals, Sea lion, pinniped, flippers, anatomy, marine biology, Glacier Bay National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    The Kelp Forest

    Kelp Forest in Glacier Bay

    Kelp forests promote marine biodiversity. In the absence of predators such as the sea otter, kelp forests can be decimated by grazers such as sea urchins. With the return of the sea otter to Glacier Bay, the kelp forests have returned. A wide variety of living creatures could not survive in the urchin barrens but thrive in the kelp forests.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Oceanography
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, History & Nature of Science, Data Analysis & Probability, Environment & Society, The Uses of Geography
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    The Marine Environment of Glacier Bay

    Life Beneath The Tides

    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.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Oceanography
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, History & Nature of Science, Data Analysis & Probability, Environment & Society, The Uses of Geography
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Glacier Bay Crabs

    Dungeness Crab

    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.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, History & Nature of Science, Data Analysis and Probability, Environment & Society, The Uses of Geography
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Bears of Glacier Bay 3: Be Bear Aware

    A black bear walks by park buildings

    Students will become “bear aware” by exploring ways to reduce human-bear interactions and applying them to different real-life scenarios. They will use critical thinking skills to make a list of considerations when camping, hiking, fishing, and at home. Students will conclude by creating a “Bear Aware Campaign” by making posters, creating podcasts or videos, or writing news stories.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Community, Conservation, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    bear, black bear, Brown Bear, wildlife, habitat, human wildlife interaction, bear aware, safety, bear safety, trash, wildlife management
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
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