Endangered and Threatened Species Curriculum

These materials focus on selected Alaskan species that are threatened, endangered, or at risk. Learn about wildlife population dynamics, the factors that may place species at risk, and efforts by people to help wildlife species recover.


Endangered and Threatened Species of Alaska Activity GuideThese curriculum materials are focused on Alaskan species that are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with particular emphasis on those found on islands and shorelines included in the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge as the means to highlight important science and social studies concepts. The teaching packet is designed to help you introduce the concepts of "biodiversity" and "endangered" to your students in a hands-on interactive way.

Download the entire Curriculum here

Or download individual sections:

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Section 1 - Biodiversity & Habitats
Section 2 - T & E Species in Alaska
Section 3 - Population Dynamics
Section 4 - Human & Natural Influences
Section 5 - Special Stories

Species covered in this activity guide include:

Short-tailed Albatross (endangered)
Kittlitz's Murrelet (candidate species for listing)
Aleutian Shield Fern (endangered)
Pribilof Rock Sandpiper (vulnerable)
Aleutian Canada Goose (recovered species)
Northern Sea Otter (Southwestern Alaska population, candidate for listing)

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    • Section 1 introduces the concept of biodiversity and habitats - key elements in the survival of plants and animals in ecosystems around the world.
    • Section 2 introduces you and your students to the Endangered and Threatened species of Alaska, with a few key species selected as focal points.
    • Section 3 provides activities to help you and your students explore some of the factors that contribute to changes in population size and population dynamics. Activities focus on extinction, carrying capacity and counting populations.
    • Section 4 includes activities that look at human and natural events that can have a catastrophic impact on species and human interventions that have had both positive and negative effects on local populations.
    • Section 5 is focused on special stories about endangered species and on successful recovery efforts by wildlife management agencies. Here you will have an opportunity to do a fun puppet show about extinction and lead your students through two flannel board stories about recovery efforts for the Aleutian Canada Goose and the Short-tailed Albatross.
    • The Resources section includes appendices with information on the Endangered Species Act, and Coloring Pages for younger students.

    Additional information and activities about the threatened Steller's Eider and the endangered Spectacled Eider can be found in the Alaska Sea Duck Activity Guide.

    Field Trip Support

    Field trip programs on this topic can be arranged at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska, where a multi-media teaching kit will be located. More information about the Visitor Center education programs is available at http://www.islandsandocean.org.


Wynn Nature Center youth programs

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Knee-high Naturalist Program

Ages 2-4.

Knee-High Naturalists is BACK beginning Friday June 18 and continuing every Friday at 10:30. Our naturalist will provide a fun  program for you and your toddler to explore the outdoors with a special story, a short walk and a craft. Themes will change every Friday.  FREE program.

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Ages 5-8. Fridays 1-3 p.m:  June 18th-August 13th.

Get a sneak peek of the secret lives of the plants, birds, and animals that live at the Wynn Nature Center. Please dress for the weather!

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE.

$10/class or $40 for 5 sessions

All kids and staff undergo health screenings at the beginning of the program.

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Ages 9-12. Every Thursday 1-3pm: June 17th-August 12th

Learn all about the animals that spend their time at the Wynn Nature Center! We will learn to identify these animals by the scat, tracks, and other signs they leave behind. Please dress for the weather!

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE!

$10/class or $40 for 5 sessions

All kids and staff undergo health screenings at the beginning of the program.

Yurt on the Spit Summer youth programs!


Creatures of the Dock

All Ages! Tours begin at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm daily: May 28th-September 6th

Perfect for families or people who have a short amount of time but want to see lots of sea creatures! This daily program is fun for the whole family. Guided tours of the incredible life under the dock at the Homer Harbor. 

Tour size is limited to 8 people

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE!


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S.P.I.T. Kids

Ages 6-10. Monday - Wednesday - Friday:  June 6th-August 19th

9:30am - 12:00pm. Enjoy a S.neak P.eek I.nto T.hings as you explore sea creatures under the dock, search for seabirds and marine mammals, investigate the beach, learn about plants, do ocean crafts and MORE!

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE!

$10 per session or $21 for 3 sessions in one week

Kids are outside and will have their own art & nature kit to use so there are no shared items. All SPIT kids will have face coverings with them to wear when they are closer than 6 feet and all staff will wear face coverings.

Peterson Bay Field Station Discounts


Children's Rates on Nature Tours and Hikes

Trips to across the bay to Peterson Bay Field Station only $95 for kids 12 and under.

Special Group Programs for Adults & Youth


Alaska Coastal Ecology Field Camps

Ecology field camps for college, high school or other organized youth groups can be arranged during the summer. Program length ranges from two to six days with guided activities and lodging at Peterson Bay Field Station combined with guided activities at Wynn Nature Center or Kastisna Bay Lab. More info >>


Service Learning Expeditions

Service Learning Expeditions can be arranged from June - August. Groups learn about natural history and stewardship through service projects. Projects can include trail work, building projects, invasive plant management, facilities beautification, and more. Call 907-235-6667 and ask to get connected to the Program Director, Katie Gavenus - or email katieg@akcoastalstudies.org for more information

Retreats & Workshops

Group retreats can be arranged at the Peterson Bay Field Station. Enjoy a semi-remote, rustic setting to connect your group to the amazing natural surroundings and to each other. Call 907-235-6667 and ask to get connected to our Program Director, Katie Gavenus - or email katieg@akcoastalstudies.org for more information

Youth Internships


High School Internships

CACS offers a volunteer internship program for high school students who wish to gain more experience working in the fields of environmental education and environmental science. The internship combines working at the Carl Wynn Nature Center and the Homer Spit Yurt assisting with our popular Creature of the Dock Tours. Interns are also trained to be camp counselors for our summer camps for youth ages 9-15. Interns are encouraged to work on a special project of interest during their 6-week internship. Applicants must have completed one year of high school. Please email henry@akcoastalstudies.org and we'll send you an application!! Thanks


Environmental Educator and Naturalist Internships

Paid internships for students completing junior or senior year of college, or recently graduated. Positions available at Wynn Nature Center, Inspiration Ridge Preserve and the Peterson Bay Field Station. April to May and June-August. Applications due late January. Check for position openings here.

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