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  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    Temperate Rainforest Ecology

    a black bear partially screened by brush

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Tenth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Climate, Ecology
  • 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
  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    Glacial Detectives

    A glacier, gray rock and blue sky

    Students will learn basic glacial concepts in preparation for a trip to Exit Glacier or deeper exploration of the site online.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Glaciers
    Keywords:
    glaciers, Kenai Fjords National Park, Harding Icefield
  • 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
  • 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