EDUCATION

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 and funders include (but are not limited to): Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, AT&T, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Copper River School District, Copper River Watershed Project, Cordova Arts, Cordova School District, GCI, KCHU radio, Native Village of Eyak, Oil Spill Recovery Institute, Prince William Sound Audubon, Prince William Sound Community College, Prince William Sound/Copper River Marketing Association, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council, Rasmuson Foundation, Saltchuk, United States Forest Service, Valdez School District, Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, and many more.

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!

Curriculum

OCEAN AND OIL SPILL TECHNOLOGIES
OCEAN MONITORING
NATURE JOURNALING: WINTER WINDOW LOOKOUT
NATURE JOURNALING: COLD CREATURE SNAPSHOT

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 Posts

September 14, 2022

Tufted Puffin Research Paper Published

Related posts Thousands of Tufted Puffins nest on Middleton Island, making this an ideal study area for researchers. Photo by Anne Schaefer. October 10, 2018 Overwinter […]
August 25, 2022

Discover Cordova 2022

This summer, kids were knee deep in nature as they flipped over rocks, followed salmon upstream, and stopped to smell the flowers with the Science Center’s […]
August 22, 2022

Mini-DRT camp August 2022

Headwaters to Ocean overnight camp, also known as “Mini-DRT (Delta Restoration Team) camp,” went off without a hitch in August of 2022. Our campers had a […]