For our schools and teachers

This section is being added in fall of 2020, in support of our partners in education seeking place-based natural and cultural history resources. I’ll begin with a huge library of materials created during Discovery’s first teacher workshops in the early 1990, including: 1) descriptions of most schools in our district,  2) more general background materials for the site workshops, 3) materials from our associated classes on natural history themes, and 4) materials for other school districts throughout the archipelago.

1) Nature near the schools: Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní

2) Nature near the schools: Overview materials

From 1990 to 1993, under funding from a Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education grant, Discovery offered teacher workshops, locally and throughout northern and central Lingít Aaní. In addition to detailed manuals, stereogram-&-puzzler pages, and powerpoints with teacher-scripts for many of the above CBJ schools (follow links above), our early-1990s workshop series culminated in :

Nature near the schools: overview & supplementary materials.
A naturalist’s look at SE Alaska, by Streveler & Carstensen

Also, in 1992 and 93, Greg Streveler and I took the teacher workshops ‘on the road,’ to other communities in northern and central Southeast. Materials from these classes will be presented elsewhere on JuneauNature.

3) Nature near the schools: Thematic materials

Harborview class on natural communities and forest succession

Many of the site-based and overview resources listed and linked above date back almost 30 years to an Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education grant that funded Discovery for 3 years of intensive teacher workshops that we titled Nature near the schools. For that project we not only built place-based libraries for local and northern-Southeast schools, but also delivered teacher classes on themes,

These themes reflected (and still do!) the seasonal sequence of subjects typically offered by Discovery naturalists in our primary program called Nature Studies, for grades 3  through 5. Course materials are presented at high school level and can be adapted by teachers for any grade. Roughly in order of season, they are:

● seeds ● natural communities ● landforms ● tracking ● birds

4) Nature near the schools: Lingít Aaní

Following site-based and thematic workshops in my home kwáans of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní, Greg Streveler and I took Nature near the schools  ‘on-the-road’ (marine highway, actually) to 5 communities in the northern & central archipelago:

● Jilkáat & Jilkoot Aaní (Haines-Skagway).

● Xunaa Káawu (Hoonah Gustavus, Elfin Cove and Pelican).

● Xutsnoowú Aaní (Angoon,Tenakee)

● Sheet’ká Aaní (Sitka)

● Shtax’héen Aaní (Petersburg Wrangell)

In this section

“Ecosystem:” a rant

A plea for semantic reassessment Sifting through journals and course manuals recently, I came upon this one-page 2018 attack on…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 1 page

Nature near schools: 1990-93

Overview & supplementary materials In addition to school site descriptions for Juneau School District and others throughout northern Lingít Aaní,…

1990-91 | Carstensen, Streveler & Pohl | 20 pages

A naturalist’s look at Southeast Alaska

Core text for early Discovery teacher workshops In 1992 and 93, Gustavus naturalist Greg Streveler and I visited 5 communities…

1993 | Greg Streveler & Richard Carstensen | 16 pages