World's Richest Classroom

For over 30 years, our educators have developed and delivered theme-based education programs for learners of all ages.

We use an innovative combination of formal and informal educational programs to inspire life-long passion for science. We understand the importance of quality and relevant education efforts to raising a society of scientifically and ecologically literate citizens who are prepared to promote strong economies based on the sustainable use of renewable resources. By using a whole-society approach, we interact with all sectors of society to broaden their understanding of how we affect, and are impacted by, the environment around us. Through our efforts, we help students and adults develop the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st Century, including communication, team work, problem solving and critical thinking.

Our education partners include: Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Prince William Sound/Copper River Marketing Association, Copper River School District, Copper River Watershed Project, Cordova Arts, Cordova School District, GCI, KCHU radio, Native Village of Eyak, Oil Spill Recovery Institute, PWS Audubon, Prince William Sound Community College, United States Forest Service, Valdez School District, Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment.

Summer Programs

The Science Center’s environmental science camps are an opportunity for campers to experience the amazing landscape that surrounds us in an educational and exciting way. Through camp experiences, we’ll hike in the rainforest, observe glaciers up close, canoe through the wetlands, and explore the tide pools and ocean. We are dedicated to helping campers develop their understanding of the world around them through scientific inquiry, positive outdoor experiences, leadership skills, and ecosystem stewardship.

PreK-12 Education

We use an innovative combination of classroom, hands-on, and field activities to inspire a life-long passion for science. Our programs are a unique balance of adventure, exploration, data collection, and content knowledge that create an immersive learning experience. Guided by experts, our students can often be found in chest waders holding salmon fry as they learn the salmon life cycle, collecting plankton samples in Prince William Sound to understand marine food web dynamics, investigating geology and plant succession at Sheridan Glacier, canoeing throughout the Copper River Delta ponds to study migrating birds, and so much more. If you’re a teacher interested in organizing a field trip, visiting presentation, virtual field trip, or project, contact us to help set up an engaging, hands-on learning experience!



Community Engagement

Our public engagement programs are educational opportunities offered to the general community members for lifelong learning experiences beyond the classroom walls. This work contributes to advancing scientific literacy by offering programs, for people of all ages, opportunities to connect with scientists and experiences to interact with nature. Together, we create the space for dialogue, discussion, and interaction among community members and facilitate new knowledge and understanding of how science and society can best interact for positive outcomes.

Recent Education News

February 19, 2021

2020 Copper River Stewardship Program a success!

Copper River Stewardship Program: hands-on education during a pandemic By Lauren Bien February, 2021 While the 2020 Copper River Stewardship Program looked very different than year’s […]
March 16, 2020

Cordova at the 2020 Alaska Tsunami Bowl

Cordova’s Backstreet Buoys have another great showing at Alaska’s Tsunami Bowl By Lauren Bien March 16, 2020 Cordova’s team, The Backstreet Buoys, made another impressive appearance […]
February 10, 2020

In search of the elusive ice worm

PWSSC and U.S. Forest Service Lead Hikers to Sheridan Glacier By Zachary Snowdon Smith, February 2, 2020 for The Cordova Times Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith For […]