The following categories of resources are listed below in order of their appearance:
Earth Day Activities

Distance Education Tips for Educators

Curricula and Activities

Virtual Presentations and Field Trips

Online Games and Activities

Citizen Science

Earth Day Activities

April 22, 2020 Virtual earth day pod cast -The U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition is bringing people together to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with Earth Day Live, a 72-hour livestream featuring celebrities, musicians, activists and youth climate leaders who will share their vision of how we can come through this time of upheaval better prepared to make the massive economic, social and policy changes we need to confront the climate crisis. https://www.sierraclub.org/articles/2020/04/celebrating-earth-day?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

To support Earth Day 2020 Project Learning Tree has compiled stories and resources to help educators and youth learn about sustainability issues, climate science, and actions they can take this #EarthDay2020 and every day. Plus, PLT teamed up with Earth Day Network, Project WET, and Project WILD to produce a guide that lists all our available education resources to advance climate education. https://www.plt.org/news/earth-day-2020/

NASA Earth Day- https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2973/earthdayathome-with-nasa/

Distance Education Tips for Educators

7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote. https://www.edutopia.org/article/7-ways-maintain-relationships-during-your-school-closure?utm_source=Edutopia+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6e02a883bf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_040120_enews_7waysto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f72e8cc8c4-6e02a883bf-79480019

How to Support Home Learning in Elementary Grades
A first and second grade teacher shares his home learning plan for his students and how he is engaging their families. https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-support-home-learning-early-elementary?utm_source=Edutopia+Newsletter&utm_campaign=daa103d42a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COVID-19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f72e8cc8c4-daa103d42a-79480019

Using Smartphones to Support Learning in Nature

Technology, used appropriately, can be a tool for thoughtful observation, enhancing students’ interactions with the natural world. https://www.edutopia.org/article/using-smartphones-support-learning-nature?utm_source=Edutopia+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6e02a883bf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_040120_enews_7waysto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f72e8cc8c4-6e02a883bf-79480019

Curricula and Activities

UAF Museum of the North (Fairbanks) Virtual Museum – Online Exhibits, Activities, Videos, Podcasts and other cool resources https://www.uaf.edu/museum/virtualmuseum/

Alaska Department of Fish & Game – At Home or at School: Teachers, parents and kids! Its time to learn about Alaska’s wildlife outside. Check out our standard aligned activities, videos, inquiries, scavenger hunts, coloring pages and more! New activities added weekly so check back often.  https://alaska.gov/go/8QHY

Alaska Wildlife Curriculum – The Alaska Wildlife Curriculum is designed for teachers of K-12 students who wish to open their classroom doors and windows to the natural world. Students learn ecological principles that lead to continued conservation of Alaska’s wildlife and wild lands.

Alaska Resource Education- https://www.akresource.org/homeactivities Here are activities for all ages that you can easily do at home. Use jelly beans to learn geology or mine for gold in a cookie, our lessons and activities are adaptable for all age groups. Check out our shopping list below and watch the how-to videos to do the lessons at home on your own time.

For those looking for more interaction and instruction we will be hosting live lessons over Zoom, dates and times for those lessons will be listed on our Facebook page. We are also allowing teachers or groups to set up virtual classroom visits and specialized lessons for them, click below to request a virtual classroom visit.

Alaska Botanical Garden Art Lessons How about adding some art to your stay at home learning? The Alaska Botanical Garden has posted 2 art lessons and will add a new one every Wednesday! http://www.alaskabg.org/garden-art-weekly

 Calypso Farms– They have some free downloadable activity sheets and Farm discovery kits at a moderate cost- https://calypsofarm.org/product-category/online-shop/farm-discovery-kits/ At-Home Farm Discovery Kits- Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to hold in-person Farm Discovery workshops for the foreseeable future. So, we’ve created NEW Farm Discovery Kits for at-home exploration & learning!! Each kit will be based around a different Farm Discovery topic and include:

• a Farm Discovery Book to start your journey
• a Craft to make as a family
• a Game to heighten your senses
• an Outdoor Activity to inspire new discoveries
• a Recipe to test your cooking skills
• a Challenge to learn something new

Resource Library on new Renewable Energy Alaska Project website. REAP just launched a new website! One exciting feature is the Resource Library where you can search for white papers, videos, curriculum, and more. We’ve added over 30 resources that are related to K-12 energy education alone, and there are even more on other topics like policy and projects. Check it out, and we continue to add more resources, so please share anything with us that you think we’ve missed!

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been providing science outreach and educational resources for K-12 students for over 30 years. We would like to provide the following culturally appropriate science programs with downloadable lessons, digital lectures, and other interactive multimedia:
https://culturalconnections.gi.alaska.edu/ (This U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education grant-funded program engages students in the science of the aurora through the Inupiat lens. Lessons for grades 4-8. Also, includes a 25-minute movie about the aurora featuring indigenous Elders and culture bearers for all ages to enjoy!)
 
and
http://uniteusforclimate.org/ (This US Department of Education grant-funded program focuses on Arctic climate and weaves Indigenous and Western perspectives. Although lessons were developed for grades 7-12, lessons can be adapted for a broad age range.)

Virtual Presentations and Field Trips

Down By The Bay Education Series A weekly trip to Kachemak Bay in Homer can help if you and your students are feeling stir-crazy at home. Join The Center for Alaska Coastal Studies CACS Educators every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm Alaska Time for the Down By The Bay Education Series.  We’ll be using Zoom — just click on this link to join the session at 2:00 pm AKDT: https://zoom.us/j/267741921

 

Eagle River Nature Center– In April and May the Eagle River Visitor Center is offering a series of public programs via zoom and Facebook Live. Check out the schedule at https://www.ernc.org/programs
We are offering weekday FREE LIVE Distance Learning programs at 11am Alaska time on weekdays! We are also offering private Distance Learning Adventures scheduled with us for a small fee.

     “Wild Wolverines” on Monday, April 20th at 11am AK time: Weasel your way into the lives of wolverines to discover adaptations that make them such great survivalists.

     “Curious Corvids” on Tuesday, April 21st at 11am AK time: Engage yourself in a training session with George, the famous magpie! Not only will you learn about George, but you will also discover how clever curious corvids are!

     “Red Foxin’ Around” on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11am AK time: Delight in a virtual meet-and-greet with one of the Alaska Zoo’s red fox. Discover how we work with our unique animal ambassadors- general husbandry, training and enrichment included! 

     “Peregrine Falcon Fundamentals” on Thursday, April 23rd at 11am AK time: Not only will you get to meet the Alaska Zoo’s most adorable falcon, but you’ll get to view a training session and fly into the world of peregrine survival.

     “Snow Leopard Survival” on Friday, April 24th at 11am AK time: Gain some knowledge about snow leopard survival while the zoo’s snow leopards enjoy some yummy enrichment!

FREE Distance Energy Literacy Classes – REAP and Alaska Resource Education are offering distance continuing education classes through UAA after Memorial Weekend. Each class offers one FREE 500-level continuing education credit from UAA (REAP will pay for the credit). The classes will be delivered through a mix of Zoom and self-directed activities. REAP will ship you a box of supplies to use during the training(s) for hands-on activities, all of which you can keep and use in the classroom. Registration closes one month before the classes to ensure timely delivery of the supplies.

  • Energy Literacy in K-12 classrooms, June 1-2: The class will focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy education through hands-on lessons and the principles of energy literacy.
  • Energy Literacy, Economics and Careers, June 3-4: If you have attended an energy education training before (from REAP, ARE, NEED, etc), including the one on June 1-2, or otherwise feel comfortable with energy education, we invite you to attend this class. The focus on this class will be advanced energy literacy principles (such as economics, human impact and policy decisions), as well as evaluating REAP’s and ARE’s curricula for teaching energy.

On-line Games and Activities

Water Sense Game by EPA– Move the water hero Flo through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters. https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/quiz/game_kids.html

Citizen Science

Report a Bat- Bat distribution, seasonal activity patterns, and the timing of reproduction are all poorly documented throughout much of Alaska. Reporting your bat observations will help improve our understanding of these important aspects of bat ecology. All observations are useful, but we ask you to pay special attention to the following:
https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=citizenscience.batsobservations

Acoustic Monitoring– You can help us monitor Southeast Alaska’s bat populations by driving an established survey route (transect) with a bat detector and an ultrasonic microphone mounted on the roof of your car. Driving transects have been used for many years to monitor bats in parts of the East and Midwest and have been important for detecting population declines in bat species affected by WNS. They cover a much larger area than a stationary detector, providing important information on species presence and distribution, as well as habitat use. https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=citizenscience.batsacousticmonitoring
 Report a bat roost: If you know the location of a bat roost that is regularly used by more than one bat, please complete the online Bat Report Form.
Monitor a roost: Help document maternity colony size and timing of reproduction by volunteering to count bats as they emerge from their roost in the evening. Please visit the Alaska Center for Conservation Science for forms and more information. https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=citizenscience.batsroostmonitoring

Wood Frog monitoring– The Alaska Wood Frog Monitoring Project is a volunteer based effort designed to assess the current status of Wood Frogs in Southcentral and Interior Alaska. The goal is to learn where they live, including their habitat types, and to establish a baseline for future monitoring. https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=citizenscience.woodfrog
Loon and Grebe monitoring-The Alaska Loon and Grebe Watch Program is a volunteer-based effort designed to collect valuable information about nesting Loons and Grebes in Southcentral and Interior Alaska. This program helps biologists monitor population trends and identify hazards facing these unique waterbirds in your community. https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=citizenscience.loonsgrebesgetinvolved
Project Budburst– Budburst is a national network of citizen scientists monitoring plants as the seasons change. https://budburst.org/get-started-budburst
Journey North– This website offers a variety of programs to track the movement and seasonal changes of birds, insects, plants, and more. https://journeynorth.org
GLOBE– The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  https://www.globe.gov/en