Natural History Programs

The Salmon of the Indian River

Grade Level: Pre-8th

Season: Fall

Witness the epic last act of the drama that is the pink salmon life cycle. During the fall, pink salmon that emerged from their eggs in the Indian River just a mere two years earlier will return. After beating the odds, these salmon will attempt to pass on their genes to the next generation. If you and your students would like to witness this event and participate in a set of interactive activities that teach students about the life cycle of the pink salmon, contact the park's education specialist for more information.


A Day in the Life of Bob the Banana Slug

Grade Level: Pre-8th

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

The slimy and slithery banana slug is a critical member of the temperate rain forest ecosystem. Schedule a time to bring your students to the park to view a banana slug and learn about their important role within southeast Alaska.


Mystery in the Trees

Grade Level: Pre-4th

Season: Year-round

There is a mystery that needs to be solved in Sitka National Historical Park, and your students are needed to get to the bottom of this caper. Schedule a field trip to the park to participate in this program and give your students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role wildlife and humans play in protected places like national parks. During Mystery in the Trees, students will use their detective skills to investigate four "suspects" and act as judge and jury to determine if there is a guilty suspect or not.


Skins and Skulls

Grade Level: K-12

Season: Year-round

Sea otters, harbor seals and bears oh my! The fauna of southeast Alaska has adapted to its environment in many different ways. Set up a field trip to learn about these adaptations and to gain a better understanding of how these animals are able to survive in the wilds of Alaska.


Sea Week

Grade Level: K-3rd

Season: Spring

What lies underneath the stones and within the tidal pools that remain once the water has retreated from the shoreline? During Sea Week, students will learn about the diverse flora and fauna of the intertidal zone as well as as how humans can protect this environment by practicing good intertidal ethics.

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  • Four animals skulls of varying sizes, from large to small.

    Sea otters, Harbor seals and bears oh my! The fauna of southeast Alaska has adapted to its environment in many different ways. Set up a field trip to learn about these adaptations and to gain a better understanding of how these animals are able to survive in the wilds of Alaska.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology
  • Sitka National Historical Park

    The Salmon of the Indian River

    A view from above of a multitude of salmon swimming upstream in a clear, rocky bottomed river.

    Witness the epic last act of the drama that is the pink salmon life cycle. During the fall, pink salmon that emerged from their eggs in the Indian River just a mere two years earlier will return. After beating the odds, these salmon will attempt to pass on their genes to the next generation. Witness this event, and participate in a set of interactive activities that teach students about the life cycle of the pink salmon.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biology: Animals
  • Sitka National Historical Park

    Traditional Fire-Starting

    Two young girls try to start a fire using a fire bow, while two others look on.

    If you didn't have access to matches or a lighter, could you start a fire? Traditionally the Tlingit people used the natural resources around them to create fire, cook their food and stay warm. Visit the park to try your hand at these fire-starting techniques.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Fire Safety