World's Richest Classroom
For over 27 years, our educators have developed and delivered theme-based education programs for all sectors of society, from K-grey.
We use an innovative combination of formal and informal educational programs to reach out 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.
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.
Discover Cordova programs are designed to engage our younger audience. These half-day programs encourage hands-on exploration of different local organisms or ecosystems.LEARN MORE
Through camp experiences, we’ll hike in the rainforest, observe glaciers up close, canoe through the wetlands, and explore the tide pools and ocean.LEARN MORE
Come see the Science Center's table or join in our educational activities at many of our local festivals!LEARN MORE
We use an innovative combination of classroom, hands-on and field activities to inspire life-long passion for science. We’re also big believers in technology: we utilize distance-learning tools such as Skype, GoogleDocs, and wikis to partner classrooms and share data; students use scientific research technology in field work to collect data. Our field trips are also essential to our learning experiences. Guided by experts, students trek out to lakes and rivers full of spawning salmon to measure water quality, go to the foot of a glacier to study glacial retreat and plant succession, and journey to the middle of delta ponds to collect plant samples for analysis. If you’re a teacher interested in organizing a field trip, visiting presentation or monitoring project, contact us to help set up an engaging, hands-on learning experience!
CurriculumOCEAN AND OIL SPILL TECHNOLOGIES
NATURE JOURNALING: WINTER WINDOW LOOKOUT
The Discovery Room has been a rewarding and exciting place where students from Mt. Eccles Elementary School learn about natural and physical science and the environment.LEARN MORE
National Ocean Sciences Bowl
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationwide high school academic competition to test student knowledge in fields related to ocean science.LEARN MORE
Outreach Discovery expands the geographic scope of our programs to communities outside of Cordova.LEARN MORE
Little Dippers is a small outdoor nature group for pre-school age kids (4-5yrs old). The group’s name comes from a local bird, the American Dipper.LEARN MORE
Our public engagement programs are educational opportunities offered to the general community members (K-grey) 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 dialog, discussion, and interaction among community members and facilitate new knowledge and understanding of how science and society can best interact for positive outcomes.
Tuesday Night Talks
A series to share their research and findings with the communities of Cordova and Valdez.LEARN MORE
A monthly, hands-on science program for preschool-aged kidsLEARN MORE
A three-to-five minute science program that’s aired on local public radio.LEARN MORE
A high school course and community prompts designed to inspire curiosity, connect with nature, and practice mindfulness.LEARN MORE
To inspire our community towards exploration and understanding of our dynamic ecosystems, we offer educational Discovery Packs free for borrow.LEARN MORE