Nine energetic and creative K-6 teachers — six from Alaska and three from Colorado — spent a week in the heart of the Chugach National Forest, Prince William Sound, exploring ways to connect their classrooms and students to the outdoors and natural world. Specific topics included:
· The history of our public lands, with a focus on the Chugach National Forest and its Wilderness Study Area
· Human and natural history in Prince William Sound
· Climate change and ocean acidification
Participating teachers created lessons plans based on their studies and earned 3 professional development credits from the University of Alaska Anchorage. The expedition was made possible by Discovery Southeast, Alaska Geographic, Alaska Sea Kayakers and the Chugach National Forest.