In partnership with U.S. Forest Service and the Anchorage School District Teacher Academy
3 professional development (500 level) credits through UAA.Teachers will explore the mountains, glaciers, and rainforests of the Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound by charter boat and on foot.

 The Chugach National Forest, located in south-central Alaska, covers parts of the Prince William Sound, making it a part of a greater forest reserve. The Chugach is one of a kind, which consists of rivers, glaciers, extensive shorelines, and forests that are not invaded by the presence of humans. It houses several species of marine, mammal, and bird species. People are sure to fall in love with this place and the place is considered a good start for those looking for a break, maybe for Bitcoin Trader

We’ll meet with scientists along the way to better understand ongoing research on forest ecosystems, plant succession, and wildlife populations since the oil spill. We’ll consider recreation management and Leave No Trace techniques, then spend our final days developing ways to incorporate forest ecosystems into classroom curriculum. Course led by Dr. Kristine Crossen, Glaciologist, Chair of UAA Department of Geology.

Limited to eleven participants.

Registration for this course is through the Anchorage School District Teacher Academy at Online registration begins March 13. For questions in the meantime, call (907) 868-8639.

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 (gear list will be included in registration packets). Activities will alternate between boat-based discussion and land explorations. The course is based mostly from two boats (the Babkin and Alexandra), so it will include transfer between boats and onto zodiacs to access the shore. Place-based outings include hiking 1-3 miles at a moderate pace with up to 1,000 feet elevation gain, over uneven, rocky terrain such as tundra and river bars. Though very comfortable, sleeping and space conditions on the boats will be tight. Accommodations beginning Tuesday night through Saturday morning are included in course fees. All meals except one dinner included in course fees.

Course Itinerary

Monday, June 12, 2006, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Dimond High School

  • Course meets at Dimond High School for the kickoff of the Anchorage School District Teacher Academy.
  • Kristin Siemann, Director, Alaska Natural History Institutes, welcome/our role
  • Kris Crossen, introductions, overview of the week, course goals and expectations
  • Stephanie Israel, Lead Interpreter/Educator, USFS, welcome, overview of geography, natural history, and ecosystems of CNF and PWS, team building activity

Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m., Portage Valley and Whittier

  • Teachers will meet at the U.S. Forest Service/Begich Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley at 8:30 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. drive through the tunnel to Whittier
  • Hike Portage Pass to Portage Lake. Themes: changes in Portage glacier over time; transitions after glacial retreat; human impact on the landscape. This is a 3-mile hike with approximately 1,000 feet elevation gain and loss. Co-led by Keith Rush, observing alpine vegetation en route.
  • Rooms reserved at June’s B&B; in Whittier (cost included course fees)

Wednesday, June 14, 8:00 a.m., Prince William Sound: Blackstone Bay

  • continental breakfast provided through June’s B&B;
  • 7:15 a.m. participants should begin transporting gear to the boat docks to meet the Babkin and the Alexandra
  • 8:00 a.m. boats underway
  • Themes: geography, ecology, human use of Chugach National Forest; earthquake signs
  • 10:30 a.m. Blackstone Bay. Zodiak to shore where we’ll meet Dave Sanders, kayak ranger. Overview of recreation science, human impacts on ecosystem and wildlife, Leave No Trace techniques
  • Afternoon: circumnavigate Willard Island observing Spencer Blackstone ice complex.
  • Themes: tidewater glaciers, glacial differences observed so far

Thursday, June 15, Prince William Sound: Harriman and College Fjord

  • 8:00 course resumes
  • Morning: meet Linda Yarborough, Forest Archaeologist, to hike to Granite Mine. This is a 1-2 mile hike with 700 feet elevation gain through muskeg meadows.
  • Themes: observation of active gold mine, human impacts on ecosystem, human history, peatland ecology
  • Afternoon: meet Bridget Brown, USFS researcher in Harriman Fjord. Themes: black oystercatcher studies; species recovery after the oil spill; importance of baseline data; science for the real world
  • Evening: native populations and human history; naming of glaciers

Friday, June 16, Prince William Sound

  • Still TBD whether we’ll have a full or half day on the boat, but most likely full day with dinner
  • Themes: human history and Harriman expeditions, naming of the glaciers
  • Stop by kittiwake colony on the way back in
  • Aim to be back at dock by 5:30, transfer back to June’s B&B;

Saturday, June 17, Begich Boggs Visitor Center classroom

  • 8:00 a.m. through the tunnel to Portage
  • 9:00 a.m. themes: course summary, curriculum development, specific ways teachers will incorporate experience into classroom lessons; emphasis on meeting statewide standards for Alaska’s teachers
  • led by Stephanie Israel, Lead Interpreter/Educator, USFS, with participation from two additional conservation education specialists: teachers will break into groups according to age level/subject to develop curriculum and classroom plans
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. group presentations
  • 5:00 p.m. course ends

Final Project due by July 1, 2006

Participants have a choice to do one of the following based on their experience:

  1. Two classroom sessions of lesson plans
  2. One lesson plan and one digital/visual presentation such as an iMovie

Registration for this course is through the Anchorage School District Teacher Academy at Online registration begins March 13. For questions in the meantime, call (907) 868-8639

Click here to order the book. Optional Text – Recommended Reading
Collier, Michael, 2004, Sculpted By Ice: Glaciers and the Alaska Landscape, Alaska Natural History Association, 122 pp.