Alaska Place-Based Science

Alaska Science Curriculum and Resources for Teachers

Preparing Responsive Educators Using Place-based Authentic Research in Earth Systems

The curriculum-linked here is Alaska-based lessons written as a part of the PREPARES grant (Log In as a guest). These lessons are available for teachers to infuse place-based activities within their science curriculum.


Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage UP (REACH Up) seeks to provide Native students and their teachers with an accurate, culturally relevant science curriculum, that improves student achievement on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) assessments, and trains Native youth to propose solutions to local climate change problems.

AK Energy Smart

All AK EnergySmart lessons are now aligned with the Alaska English Language Arts and Mathematics standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.

Alaska Native GeoScience Learning Experience
The primary aim of the EarthScope Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience (EarthScope ANGLE) is to increase Alaskan resilience to geohazards through education and the building of an action-oriented learning community. A synthesis of existing EarthScope educational materials and methods, translated to an Alaskan setting, will form the core of the programming

University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Instisture Science Education Resource Bank

An archive of curriculum resources based on Alaska standards and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
A database of lessons and units searchable by content and cultural standards, cultural region, and grade level. More units will be available soon. You can use Acrobat Reader to look at the PDF version of the Cover Sheet for the Units and Self-Assessment for Cultural Standards in Practice.

Alaska Coastal Studies – Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum by Sea Grant

The Alaska Coastal Studies program has a great curriculum. Also, consider planning a field trip to their camp.  A great Alaska Field Trip

Alaska Wildlife Curriculum by ADF&G

Excellent resources and lesson plans from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game –

Village Science by Alan Dick
This is a classic resource full of Math and Science activities that connect to subsistence lifestyles in Alaska.

The Arctic Sea Ice Educational Package

Culturally relevant high school science curriculum

Alaska SeaLife Center 

Eye’s on Eiders

There are some great resources to support this experience that teachers might find useful whether they connect or not.

There are some great resources to support this experience that teachers might find useful whether they connect or not.

Watching Walrus – Virtual Field Trip

USGS Walrus Data Used to Develop STEM Curriculum

Alaska Resource Education 

Lessons span ages K-12 and are focused on the areas of energy, mining and forestry.

Adapt Alaska – Educators Resources

Searchable, filterable table of resources related to resilience, climate change adaptation, and mitigation of coastal hazards.

Anchorage Museum Teaching Resources –

The Goose Project
The Goose project is a 5-year study to help research these questions. The overall research objective is to quantify how an advancing growing season and changes in the timing of vegetation-goose interactions alter the magnitudes and patterns of Carbon and Nitrogen cycling in the Y-K Delta. Scientists hope to learn more about how geese affect the ecology of coastal marshes in Western Alaska. Lesson plans are available to introduce this research to students.

Project Learning Tree –

Alaska Citizen Science Projects

Native Knowledge Projects

Alaska Data Sets for Integration with the Classroom

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