Distance Learning

Visiting Glacier Bay

Humpback whale in Glacier Bay
Humpback whale in Glacier Bay

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Glacier Bay National Park is a special place for all people to visit and explore. In this lesson, students will join a ranger on a virtual boat trip through Glacier Bay, while learning about the animals, glaciers, and people who make this park their home.

Lesson Objectives
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the best kind of transportation in Glacier Bay
  • Identify at least 3 animals that live in Glacier Bay
  • Describe the appearance and make-up of glaciers

Prior to the program, Glacier Bay National Park will send you:

  • Pocket guide to Glacier Bay Animals and Plants
  • Model of an orca tooth
  • Maps of Glacier Bay
  • Jr. Ranger badges

Background Materials and Procedure

How to Participate

2015 Scheduling and Registration:

Rangers are available to present programs in January and February, 2015. 

Spaces are limited, and programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

We will start taking reservations on October 1, 2014 for programs in 2015.


Please contact us with further questions.

Steve Schaller
Glacier Bay Education Coordinator
(907) 697-2650


Earth Science, Ecology, Glaciers, Landscapes, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Biology
National/State Standards:
NS. K-4.3 Life Sciences: Characteristics and Life Cycles of Organisms, Organisms and their Environments.
NS. K-4.4 Earth Science and Space Science: Changes in Earth and Sky
NS. K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives: Changes in Environments
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    My students in Miami, Florida, were able to "see and hear" the wildlife and landforms in ALASKA!! The video and sound was clear. My students had real time interaction with the rangers and I had total engagement of the students in the lesson. Ranger Emma was very knowledgeable on the park and the wonders within it. She was able to interact with, and deliver the program to, third grade students with ease. My students were sworn in as Junior Rangers and received the badges that the park had sent before our lesson began.


    The only hindrance was the time zone difference. No avoiding this! I just had to make sure to keep the times straight since we are on Eastern Time. Skype would be a very welcome addition to the distance learning programs at Glacier Bay. Many other National Parks use it and it would allow the programs reach low budget schools.


    Glacier Bay sent us a treasure box of lesson materials, manipulatives, and videos. The kids LOVED the badges! The park website is complete with tons of printables, lessons, videos, and webquests. All supplemental materials are easily aligned with state standards. Rangers Emma & Steve were gracious enough to wake up before sunrise to deliver our program. Dedication!! Skype would be a very welcome addition to these programs. Many other National Parks use it and it would make availablity of use reach much farther into low budget schools.

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