Learn about Wildlife at Home or at School

For more than 35 years the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has worked to support educators teaching about Alaska's wildlife and habitat. Now, more than ever, engagement in the outdoors with easy-to-use, place-based lessons and materials will help your students connect with their place, families, and the natural world.

**For even more amazing teaching resources, click on the Teacher Resources page!

Contact: Brenda Duty, Alaska Wildlife Curriculum Coordinator brenda.duty@alaska.gov

Tracks and Animal Signs

Check out the different ways you can learn about animal signs!

Track Puzzles for early childhood (PDF 163 kB)

Track Tuesday
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Facebook page features weekly-Track Tuesday posts- includes tracking tips, photos and videos

Video: Tracking a Lynx by Mike Taras

Early Childhood Tracking Data (PDF 51 kB)

Furs

Learn about the amazing similarities and differences of the fur on Alaska's Animals with these resources.

How to videos

How to Take Great Photos of Tracks by Mike Taras (NEW)
How to Take Great Photos of Tracks by Mike Taras (NEW)

Learn how to take pictures of animal tracks so you can document them or seek help with identification.

Watch on YouTube

Forest Learning Trail by Sierra Doherty
Forest Learning Trail by Sierra Doherty

Students and teachers learn from observing nature in the Mat-Su Valley.

Watch on Vimeo

Tracking a Lynx by Mike Taras
Tracking a Lynx by Mike Taras

Join Wildlife Education Specialist, Mike Taras in Fairbanks and learn how to tell a story from the tracks animals leave behind.

Watch on YouTube

Activities for Home or School

Lessons for a changing Season

Even if your community is still covered in snow, changes are happening! Check out how trees and shrubs respond to more light and heat.

Bears

Learn more about Alaska's Bears Teaching Guide with worksheets, activities and background information

Wildlife Safety Materials

Use these presentations and materials to help students and their adults learn more about wildlife safety

Scavenger Hunts

Grow your observation skills with a little hunt and find. Using a camera to photograph your finds to create a digital journal to introduce technology. Revisit the sites to see what has changed!

Ecology (PDF 40 kB)

Forests (PDF 49 kB)

Backyard Seek and Find (PDF 127 kB)

Inquiry Challenges
Challenge Intro Video

Join Mike Taras to learn about some interesting beaver behavior. Use the resources listed here to see if you can figure out what is happening!

All About Beavers Info

Living with Wildlife: Beavers!

Beaver Finger Puppets

Returning and Emerging Wildlife

Birds are back

The Alaska State Refuges are special places where migrating birds nest or just stop over. Here are a few guides for adults or students to learn more.

Palmer Hay Flats - My Bird Journal(Mat-Su Valley) (PDF 864 kB)

Potter Marsh (Anchorage) (PDF 387 kB)

Bird Watch-Creamer's Field (Fairbanks) (PDF 616 kB)

Booklet: Creamer's Field Guide to Birds (PDF 674 kB)

Learn more about common birds in Alaska (PDF 2,161 kB)

Bird Quiz (PowerPoint file 5,109 kB)

Learn some common bird calls and test your knowledge.

Returning Wildlife Swan
Wood Frogs

This time of year wood frogs are croaking their song all over Alaska. They can be found even in the busiest places in Alaska. Test your wood frog knowledge by their 'song,' learn about their life cycle and their amazing winter survival adaptation.

Camouflaged Wood Frog - Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG)

In this photo hides a wood frog. Can you find him?

Skin and backbone of wood frogs

Print off 2 copies of the frog pages. On one page use pasta to glue on a skeleton, on the second page create the skin of a frog. It can be a real one or one from your imagination. Remember, you might have to explain how the frog's color helps it to camoflauge! Cut them out and paste or staple them together. Now you can see its skin and bones!

Amazing hibernation of frogs video

Sea Mammals

Learn about the impacts of trash on wildlife with Fish and Game biologist Sue Goodglick and a video, 'Trash Talk'

Trash Talk video

Marine Mammals and Debris (PowerPoint file 134,487 kB)

Presentation by Sue Goodglick. This is a large file and may take a while to download.

E-Learning

Interactive Lessons
Interactive Lessons

Google slides that are interactive worksheets and ready to use. Copy and save to your computer to adapt them for your students.

Interactive Lessons Slideshow - Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG)
Wild Wonders
Wild Wonders Wild Foods

Kids (and adults) can work through a series of challenges that feature Alaska's Wild Foods! Teachers can direct the entire class to work through guided instruction or assign the activity independently. Its fun to learn about the nutrition and abundance of Alaska's Wild Foods.

Early Childhood

Activities and resources from Growing Up WILD and Project WILD National Curriculum Guide

*These guides may be purchased when you participate in an ADF&G workshop or by contacting ADF&G

Grow As We Go!

Some animals begin their life looking very different. Color and cut out the cards for this fun activity and place their growth stages in order. Which animal has the most stages and who has the least?

Worksheet

Videos and Media for students

BioBlitz Sitka

Students discover and count the diversity of life in their own backyard

Camera in the Forest

Students from Auke Bay School in Juneau use game cameras to learn about wildlife and science literacy in this fun video.

ADF&G Species Pages

Watch, hear and read about Alaska's Animals on the Fish and Game Website

Moose! Staying Safe Around Urban Moose

A video by students for students- Learn to be safe around moose.

A Bear's Eye View

What do bears do when no one is watching? Check out theses images taken from cameras attached to radio-collars worn by bears in Anchorage.

Wolverine steals the eggs!

I'm not mean, I'm hungry! A wolverine helps himself to a ground nest of eggs

Release of Wood Bison

North America's largest land mammal is free on the range.

Counting Caribou

This video summarizes the method used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to estimate the population size of various caribou herds in Alaska. A ten-minute bird's eye view of a wildlife phenomenon few people get to see.