In partnership with Prince William Sound Science Center and the U.S. Forest Service.

2 professional development (500 level) credits through UAA.

This course is made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Forest Service Centennial Of Service grant award.

Based out of a semi-permanent field camp 25 miles outside of Cordova, teachers will explore and study the dynamic ecosystems of Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta.

 It is as simple as trading on the automated Crypto CFD Trader. The Prince William Sound is a sea inlet in the Gulf of Alaska and was named after the third son of George III, Prince William Henry, as an honor who served in the Royal Navy at the age of 13. While the Copper River, located in south-central Alaska, is America’s tenth largest river and got its name from the rich deposits of copper found in the upper regions of the river. 

This five-day course will alternate hiking, canoeing, and kayaking amid glaciers, rainforests, wetlands, and ocean ecosystems, meeting with researchers to learn ways to boost student excitement for science in the real world. Course led by Kate Alexander, Education Coordinator, Prince William Sound Science Center, and Kim Kiml, Interpretation and Education Director, U.S. Forest Service Cordova Ranger District.

Limited to eleven participants.

Course Fees: $600 including all fees for 2 credits

Course Capacity: 11 teachers/participants

Course Overview
Teachers will explore the mountains, glaciers, and rainforests of the Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound by foot, canoes and kayak. Course themes will explore the changing geology, oceanography, and ecology through place-based education activities. Scientists will join participants in the field to provide in-depth scientific information about the ecosystems we are directly experiencing. Leave No Trace techniques will be incorporated into all of our explorations. Each evening will include a workshop to review the lessons of the day and to discuss and demonstrate various ways these scientific principles can be included into classroom exercises, with an emphasis on how environmental/science education can meet statewide standards for Alaska’s teachers.

Activity Expectations and Physical Fitness
This course is an active learning experience in remote locations in Prince William Sound and the Chugach National Forest. Participants must be capable walkers, in good health, and equipped for Alaska’s often-unpredictable weather (required gear list will be part of registration packet). Water activities will include kayaking and canoeing. Previous experience is not required and we will be accompanied by experienced guides. Other activities include hiking 4-5 miles at a moderate pace with up to 1,500 feet elevation gain, over uneven, sometimes steep rocky terrain. Two 12-passenger vans will be used for transportation between activities.

Participants will overnight at mile 25 on the Copper River Highway (dirt road) at a semi-permanent field camp used for summer education programs. The Copper River Delta is home to both brown and black bears, so strict bear policy/procedures will be introduced at the start of the week and must be followed throughout the course of the workshop (copies available upon request). There are two 21-foot long weatherports for sleeping and cots are provided for each participant. Due to our bear policy/procedures no personal tents are allowed. There is no running water at the campsite. There are 2 outhouses and a water tank for cooking/dishes at the site. Spring water is made available at all times throughout the week. There will be one opportunity for showers sometime during the week. Food is prepared by a camp cook in a field kitchen at the campsite. Any food allergies/restrictions must be noted at registration.

Optional Text/Recommended Reading: To be mailed with registration packs

Course Notes and Itinerary:

Monday, June 19, 2006

Airport/ferry shuttle to pick up participants if needed
2:00 p.m. – Course meets at Prince William Sound Science Center for registration, introduction and loading of the vans.
3:00 p.m. – Kate Alexander, PWSSC, at campsite: campsite orientation, bear policy/procedures, overview of the week, course goals and expectations. Afternoon snack provided.
4:30 p.m. – Icebreaker/introduction activities
5:30 p.m. – Dinner at campsite
Evening workshops on Leave No Trace practices and Introduction to Resource and Place-based Education.

Tuesday, June 20: Wetland Ecology

8:30 a.m.-Breakfast at campsite
9:30 a.m.- Introduction to Wetlands
10:00 a.m. – Canoe orientation and canoe trip down Alaganik Slough
12:00 p.m. – Picnic lunch at Alaganik Recreation Area
1:30-4:00 p.m. – Wetland Ecology workshop/explorations with guest scientist (TBD)
5:30 p.m. – Dinner at campsite
7-8:30 p.m.- Evening workshop: Wetland Education in the Classroom

Wednesday, June 21: Dynamic Landscape: Rainforest Succession

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at campsite
10:00 a.m. – Hike to Sheridan Glacier (1 ½ miles round trip): Dynamic Landscape and Soil workshop with guest scientists (TBD)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch at Sheridan Mountain trail head
1:30 p.m. – Rainforest hike on Sheridan Mountain trail (1 ½ miles round trip): Temperate Rainforest workshop
5:30 p.m. – Dinner at campsite
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Workshop: Dynamic Landscape and Rainforest Succession in the Classroom

Thursday, June 22, Oceanography and Marine Biology of Prince William Sound

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at campsite
10:30 a.m. – Meet Kayak guide at Orca Cannery; kayak orientation, kayak to Humpback Creek: Oceanography, marine biology, and salmon life cycle workshop with guest scientist (TBD)
Picnic lunch at Humpback Creek
2:30 p.m. – Return to Orca, shower at Bidarki Recreation Center
4-5:30 p.m. – Alaska Ocean Observing System workshop at Prince William Sound Science Center with guest scientist (TBD)
5:30 p.m. – Salmon BBQ on Science Center dock
7-8:30 p.m. – Workshop: Ocean Sciences in the Classroom (at Science Center)
8:45 p.m. – Head back to camp

Friday, June 23: Bringing It All together

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at campsite, pack up camp
10:00 a.m. – Break into teaching groups; depart for Child’s Glacier
12:00 p.m. – Picnic lunch at glacier
1-2:30 p.m. – Final project presentations at Child’s Glacier (Teach Back)
2:30 p.m. – Depart for town
4:00 p.m. – Return to U.S. Forest Service building for wrap-up and good-byes. (Rides available to airport, rental cars, or ferry dock)

For final grade, due by end of the week. Teach back: One classroom resource lesson taught to the rest of the group (1-2 teachers/lesson), using information and resources used during From the Forest to the Sea Teacher Workshop.

Travel to Cordova

Cordova’s unique location in Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta places it “off the beaten path” and accessible only by plane and ferry. Alaska Airlines offers daily flights between Seattle, Juneau, Yakatat, Cordova, and Anchorage. Era Aviation offers morning and evening flights between Cordova and Anchorage. Note that these do not fly every day. The Alaska Marine Highway System operates a ferry throughout southcentral Alaska.

Register for this course through our partner organization, Prince William Sound Science Center