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.
Students will conduct a basic soil science experiment and re-familiarize themselves with the scientific method.
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.)
Students will review the concept of ecosystems and thoroughly examine the members of their local ecosystem. By concentrating on a specific relationship within the rainforest ecosystem, students will better understand the entire community.
Students will become fluent in the vocabulary and physical geography of fjords. They will understand where fjords occur and why.