Opportunities for Teachers
All Field Courses are Accredited for Teachers
All of the field courses offered in Denali, through the Murie Science and Learning Center, are accredited through the University of Alaska-Anchorage for Professional Development Credit. Though these field courses are not designed specifically for teachers, they are very popular with teachers willing to self-direct their study and application of the subject matter. Each field course has an option for professional development credit (1 or 2 credits). See the full list of 2017 courses on our field course page.
Scholarships for Teachers
Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service recognize that teachers have the ability to empower and inspire our youth. A handful of our Denali based field courses are available for scholarship every year. Teachers that attend our field courses help us share park science and an appreciation for public lands. Click here to find out more!
Some Courses are Designed Exclusively for Teachers
With our National Forest Service partner, Alaska Geographic has designed the following course just for teachers.
Exploring Prince William Sound: Sea Kayaking
Explore the scenic heart of Prince William Sound by kayak and by foot to encounter glaciers and whales, sea lions and shorebirds. Share new ways to bring the natural world into your classroom. Spend six days camping, kayaking, and discovering with Chugach National Forest Wilderness Manager Tim Lydon. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the area’s human and natural history, with the human relationship to nature as a central theme. Registration for this course will be handled differently than others, with a goal of including active teachers from different regions of Alaska. Please note, registration for this course is through an application and completing the application does not guarantee a spot on the course. The application period will be from January 10 – 20th. Priority will be given to current Alaskan classroom teachers for this course.
Participants must be in good fitness and health and equipped for sudden changes in weather. No previous kayak experience is necessary, but participants must be capable of getting in and out of a kayak, and of paddling a kayak for several hours at a time. Participants must be able to walk short distances over uneven coastal terrain carrying up to 45 pounds of personal and group gear. Please see course overview for more information.
Like any outdoor activity, there are inherent risks associated with our field courses yet we actively manage our exposures and depend on you to play a role in our risk management. Read more here.
Three professional development credits through the University of Alaska are included in the cost of this course. The syllabus and registration form will be available here in the spring.