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Curricula and Classroom Activities

Student looking at natural objects ADF&G offers a vast array of conservation education curricula and activities for educators. Topics range from lessons on skull identification and Alaska’s fish and wildlife species to activities that engage students in outdoor field investigations or hands-on learning about wildlife management. ADF&G is the host agency for National Project WILD, one of the most widely-used conservation education curricula in the nation. We also offer the five-volume Alaska Wildlife Curriculum, which is based on Project WILD lessons uniquely adapted for Alaska’s species and ecosystems.

To ensure our educational materials continue to be relevant for teachers and students, many lessons are correlated to Alaska State Content Standards. The department maintains a searchable database for Project WILD, the Alaska Wildlife Curriculum, and Project Learning Tree that includes a search functions by state content standard or by topic.

Learn more about the curricula and activities we offer to educators:

  • A Cure for the Cold, Let's Go Ice Fishing: This curriculum is designed to help the beginning angler understand the basic principles of ice fishing and the importance of responsible resource use in maintaining a healthy fishery.
  • Alaska Wildlife Curriculum: This Alaska-specific curriculum for K-12 students consists of five volumes plus ecology cards.
  • Project WILD: This program of the Council for Environmental Education is for K-12 students. See our Early Childhood Resources for the companion curriculum, Growing up WILD, for children ages 3-7.
  • Project Learning Tree: This companion program of the Council for Environmental Education focuses on forestry is for K-12 students and is currently sponsored by UAF Cooperative Extension with funding support from the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.
  • Furs of Alaska Mammals: This 72-page teacher's guide offers activities for teaching about furs, plus resource materials.
  • Salmon in the Classroom: This Alaska-specific curriculum helps primary educators integrate salmon into the classroom.
  • Skulls of Alaskan Mammals: This 70-page teacher’s guide offers activities for teaching about skulls, plus resource materials.
  • Seal Hunting and Safety: This student guide on seal hunting and safety and the accompanying workbook are designed for students in grades 4-6 for Alaska’s Yup’ik communities.
  • Watersheds: This presentation teaches about watersheds, the habitat needs of Alaskan fish at different life stages and throughout different seasons, and how people may affect watersheds and fish habitat.
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