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Our Mission

To promote & implement excellence in natural resource, outdoor and environmental education for all Alaskans.


Environmental Education in Challenging, Coronavirus Times

At ANROE, we’re all about teaching kids about Alaska’s natural resources. Especially getting them outdoors – which can be done while practicing social distancing at the same time. Right now students and educators (and some parents) may all be at home. We offer one-stop shopping for creative solutions!Linked here is a round-up of on-line resources, webinars, and virtual field trips for educators and parents to help create the best educational experiences ever during these challenging times. Enjoy!


What’s New?

7 NEW JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS!

FOR K-8 TEACHERS:

June 1-2, 2021
K-8 Teachers– earn your continuing education credit with this upcoming blended virtual course, offered through the Anchorage School District’s Summer Academy.
Learn how you can integrate field investigations with Water, Trees and Wildlife into your lessons in this one day synchronous session with Project WET, WILD and Learning Tree. Then, to complete the course,  choose which ‘Project’ online professional development course to complete asynchronously.  All participants will receive activity guides from each Project and Alaska specific materials  will also be explored.  K-8.
June 1, 2021, 8:00am-4:00pm, synchronous zoom session
June 2, 2021, self-paced online course, asynchronous session

FOR FORMAL AND NON-FORMAL K-8 EDUCATORS:

Get offline and get outside!
Project Learning Tree and Science Standards of Professional Development Event at Alaska Geographic’s Murie Science and Learning Center Field Camp in Denali National Park on the Teklanika River.
$125 for June 26-29, July 26-29, or August 2-5. For course details and registration, see Teacher Opportunities on Alaska Geographic’s Field Institute website.
Thanks to a generous grant from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Project Learning Tree (PLT), this in-person workshop is offered to educators for just $125 for 2 full days of instruction, plus an extra free night’s stay at the Teklanika field camp after the workshop has commenced, and a road pass to drive their private vehicle to the site.  Participants will receive Project Learning Tree’s brand new Environmental Education guide, “Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide, which highlights outdoor and place-based learning, STEM skills, cross-curricular lessons, has ready made student pages, and much more.
Optional CEU credit through UAA is available for an extra fee.
For questions, contact Project Learning Tree Alaska Coordinator Molly Gillespie, alaskaplt.molly@gmail.com

NEW PUBLICATION!

Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide!

Copyright 2016: 3rd edition.

Each activity includes correlations to state academic standards, Common Core State Standards, and supports the Next Generation Science Standards’ three dimensional approach.

Features of the 480-page guide include literature connections; technology extensions; cooperative learning; differentiated instruction; and tools to assess student learning.

Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more.

Relevant background information provides teachers with science content to effectively teach each activity’s topic.

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Summer Highlights, by Seth Spencer, Education Program Coordinator, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Grants

Alaskan Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Mini-Grants

The Alaskan Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is an organization dedicated to providing teachers with the opportunity to network with colleagues and to promote the importance to science to all Alaskans. ASTA is offering two mini-grants of up to $500 twice a year for either professional learning opportunities or a classroom project or activity. Download, complete, and return the grant applications by March 31!

NASF Centennial School Tree Challenge Grant

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has extended The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) Centennial School Tree Challenge. Grants are available to schools for the purchase, shipping and planting of trees. Trees can be planted on school grounds, or even indoors if your school has a suitable space or a greenhouse. This opportunity is first come first serve and is available until funds are exhausted. NEW: Participating schools will be eligible to receive a FREE curriculum from Project Learning Tree!

COVID-19 has brought exceptional challenges to us all during the past year, and it’s no surprise that educators have once again shown courage, strength and resiliency.  Plant a tree at your school in honor of your school’s hero’s! Create a memorial grove of trees in memory of your community members who have lost lives to COVID-19.  Use this grant to create a new outdoor classroom surrounded by trees for a healthy learning environment! For more information, connect with the Alaska Project Learning Tree Coordinator!


Renew Your Membership

ANROE relies on memberships to fund basic organizational capacity and to increase networking opportunities. We have two kinds of memberships – Traditional and Enhanced. To learn more about the benefits and to become a member visit our Membership page

What ANROE Does

ANROE collaborates with organizations, agencies, & school districts to provide education resources, training, & networking opportunities about Alaska natural resources. Through its newsletter, mailing list & forums, ANROE members share information about environmental education tools, techniques, employment & professional development opportunities. ANROE is funded by memberships & sponsors.

Environmental education integrates an understanding of scientific concepts and societal needs and is designed to develop students that are environmentally literate. An environmentally literate person understands the implications of his/her actions, and has the skills to critically think about and make responsible choices. These skills transfer to every facet of  life.

ANROE is the Alaska affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education.