||Public Lands & Resource Management
|BLM (Bureau of
|NACTEC provides high school students in Bering Strait School District and Nome Public
Schools with the necessary resources and skills for employment opportunities, the
pursuit of postsecondary education, and independent living skills through instruction
in four focus areas: career and technical skills, career exploration, life skills,
and work readiness skills.
|This section of the Bureau of Land Management website is dedicated to Climate Change.
It includes drop down menus the learn about related topics like renewable energy,
conservation, engagement, and commitment.
|Why use a
AK and Feds
|This section of the Bureau of Land Management website is dedicated to AIM—Assessment,
Inventory, and Monitoring. Here, data—that has been collected once—can be used for
several different projects. Teachers may encourage older students to peruse the resources
on this page if they are interested in learning more about how careers can use place-based
|The Programs page of the Bureau of Land Management site offers links to various BLM
programs that help to keep America’s lands and landscapes “healthy and productive
for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities.” Program links include:
Planning and NEPA, Energy and Minerals, National Conservation Lands, Recreation &
Visitor Services, Wild Horse & Burro, Lands & Realty, Public Safety & Fire, Cultural
Heritage, Paleontology, Natural Resources, Land & Water Conservation, Wildlife Conservation,
and Aquatic Resources.
|This is a link to the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources PowerPoint,
presented to the House Resources Committee on 18 January 2017. It outlines Alaska’s
resource base, as well as priorities & activities. It could be a useful resource for
students and teachers looking into how Alaska’s lands are used.
of Fish & Game
|This is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website where visitors can find information
about fishing, hunting, subsistence, species, habitats, and regulations (including
licenses and permits) in Alaska. The site also includes links to education with various
upcoming events and education opportunities.
||Parks & Monuments
|The National Park Service’s website on Cape Krusenstern National Monument provides
information on the history and culture, environment, and management of the area. Several
links under the “Learn About the Park” tab may be useful for classroom lessons and
activities—including the links to archaeology and the archaeology program.
|Bering Land Bridge - National Monument
|The National Parks Service’s website on the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve could
likewise be used in the classroom. Of special interest might be the links on nature
and climate change, as well as the interactive “Arctic Animal Discovery” (under the
Kids & Youth tab), the visitor center, and the official visitor's brochure.
Springs - Bering
|Part of the National Monument, Serpentine Hot Springs has unique geology and natural
hot springs. The area has many archeological sites which date back to humans arrival
in the area. History of hotsprings as a traditional healing and gathering place. They
are open year round.
|Pilgrim Hot Springs
|This is a lush subarctic oasis owned and managed by a consortium of seven organizations
in the Bering Strate region. It has historical remains from the orphanage run by the
Catholic Diosease. It has a unique variety of flora and fauna and had been an agricultural
site since the early 1900's. Only open in the summer. There is active work on projects
for generating thermal energy.
|Subsistence Resources advocates on behalf of subsistence users in the protection of
customary and traditional harvest of all resources. This program also provides information
on subsistence use to state and federal programs, supports proposals and projects
that will result in improved management and subsistence resources.
||Environmental Organizations and Data Resources
|The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation hosts this open data site where
visitors can download and explore data, learn to build apps, and engage in important
issues. This could easily be used in the classroom as part of a citizen science project
|The Department of Environmental Conservation website hosts a GIS (Geographic Information
System) page solely dedicated to public interactive maps, each of which focuses on
a specific incident.
|Alaska DEC Drinking
water and Nitrates
in the state
|This link, hosted by the Department of Environmental Conservation, takes visitors
to a GIS (Geographic Information System) story map which shows the distribution of
nitrates in well and spring water sources. It could be used as part of a science lesson.
|This is the website of Backhaul Alaska—an organization that coordinates and hauls
harmful waste materials out of rural Alaska communities, and ensures they are properly
recycled. Students may be interested in jobs within the industry, or may find this
a useful resource for research on how to ensure the safety of rural Alaska’s communities
and the sustained and responsible use of materials.
|This site intoduces three local programs: Backhaul & Recycling program with surveys
about hazardous waste, Brownfields program about identifying, cleaning up and reusing
potentially contaminated sites, and the Energy program proving planning and technical
assistance to Tribes developing energy projects.
|Norton Sound Seafood Products is a commercial fishery that uses small boats to sustainably
harvest salmon, halibut, and red king crab. Students may be interested in learning
more, if they are interested in pursuing commercial fishing after school. Likewise,
the website could be useful for career research projects.
in Norton Sound & Kotzebue
|The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s webpage on Commercial Fisheries in Norton
Sound and the Kotzebue Management Area could be a valuable resource for students learning
about commercial fishing, researching the differences between commercial and personal
use fishing, or to understand the different regulations across the state.
|The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s webpage on Subsistence in Alaska dedicates
a large swath of information to subsistence fishing. Included on this page is information
about subsistence use, regulations and permits, as well as harvest data and reports.
|The “Ecosystems” page on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website has several
links to learn all about Alaska’s ecosystems. From the tundra and boreal forest in
the north, to the coastal rainforest, rivers, lakes, wetland, and sea ice, this page
is an excellent place to begin learning about Alaska’s ecoregions.
|In Alaska, several species are listed as endangered or of special concern. This "Endangered
Species" page of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website is devoted to animals
(including fish stocks) of concern. Exploring this website could be a useful tool
when teaching lessons on biology.
|Like the “Endangered Species” page, the “Invasive Species” page of the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game’s website provides information on many different invasive species
found in Alaska, including animals, plants, and fungi.
|US Forest Service
Alaska Tundra Map
|This map shows the community types and distribution of tundra plants across Alaska.
|The Fire Effects Information Systems (FEIS), sponsored by the USDA and the US Forest
service, is a database of tree species and where they grow in the US. It could be
interesting for students interested in forestry work, fire service work, or for teachers
looking for information on tree species in their region.
Information System—Tundra fires
|The page of the Fire Effects Information Systems website is focused on fire on tundra
lands in Alaska. The section “summarizes fire regime information.”
|Kawerak - Marine Program
|Kawerak’s Marine Program will advocate for local priorities and propose actions to
minimize negative impacts of increased shipping in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Exists
to address potential impacts related to increased marine shipping on individuals,
subsistence resources and the environment within our region.
|Kawerak - Reindeer Herders Association
|This group exists to provide support to Reindeer herders in having self sustaining
viable herds in Western AK. It is a great place to find local Reindeer owners to join
your classroom or gather information from.
||Educator Programming and Organizations
|The Alaska Science Teachers Association (ASTA) provides teachers the opportunity to
network with colleagues across the state. They offer professional development, mini
grants, and a host of resources. As well, they host an annual conference where members
gather for special talks and breakout sessions.
|AK GLOBE program run through UAF. Provides training for educators and hosts a student
science symposium each year for students to highlight thier work and educate each
other by presenting thier findings. Offers connections to other schools participating
in GLOBE around the state.