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  • Forest, with closeup of the stump of a large covered in moss

    Students will examine succession in two forest ecosystems: a recently de-glaciated area and an established temperate rainforest. (Note: This lesson can be adapted to succession in any forest ecosystem.)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Tenth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Climate, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Glaciers, Hydrology, Meteorology, Physical Fitness, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    succession, nutrient cycle
  • A Park Ranger shows a plankton sample to a Junior Ranger.

    By exploring the coast of Resurrection Bay, students will learn about the formation of a fjord, the relationships within an estuary ecosystem, and the importance of conserving the biodiversity within Kenai Fjords National Park.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Geology, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    ecosystems, Kenai Fjords Coast
  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    Those Fabulous Fjords!

    Enormous tidewater glacier, with a piece of a glacier calving, or falling, into the ocean

    Students will become fluent in the vocabulary and physical geography of fjords. They will understand where fjords occur and why.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Glaciers, Hydrology, Wilderness
    Keywords:
    fjord, glacier, ice age, estuary, sediment
  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    The Scientific Method

    Students will conduct a basic soil science experiment and re-familiarize themselves with the scientific method.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Tenth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Botany, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    hypothesis, scientific method, observations, variables