‘Theme-based’ workshop materials

Off to see the beaver; animal sign field trip at Asx‘ée, twisted tree (Eagle River)

In the early 1990s, Discovery received federal funding to offer teacher workshops locally and throughout northern-&-central Lingít Aaní. Most were ‘site-based,’ bedrock-to-beavers geography classes, focused on immediate, ‘walkable’ surroundings of each school. But we also offered classes on 5 subjects or ‘themes’ important to our Nature Studies programs.

Nature Studies is offered throughout the school year in all CBJ elementary schools, so our programs tend to focus on seasonally appropriate topics. Autumn, as plants senesce, is a great time to think about seed distribution. Winter is the best season for animal tracking. And in spring, we welcome back our migratory birds. The other two subjects listed below—natural communities and landforms—are less time-sensitive and can be offered in any season.

Slideshows summarizing our 5 ‘thematic workshops:

seeds

natural communities

landforms

tracking

● birds

In this section

Nature near the schools: Birds

Powerpoint & script for spring Nature Studies Rainforest is not the first place a birder gravitates to. In breeding season,…

1990 | Richard Carstensen | powerpoint & presenter's script

Nature near the schools: Landforms

Powerpoint & script for Discovery Nature Studies I didn’t come to geology by natural inclination. I was gently nudged by…

1990 | Richard Carstensen | powerpoint & script

Nature near the schools: Natural communities

Powerpoint & script for Discovery Nature Studies One of my educational mentors, a charismatic high school teacher, when hearing of…

1990 | Richard Carstensen | powerpoint & script

Nature near the schools: Tracking

Powerpoint & script for winter Nature Studies Discovery’s winter unit on tracking and sign interpretation (largely on mammals but also…

1990 | Richard Carstensen | powerpoint & script

Nature near the schools: Seeds

Powerpoint and script for fall Nature Studies When I started the Nature Studies program at Harborview Elementary in the late…

1990 | Richard Carstensen | powerpoint & script