Where: Wrangell St. Elias National Park Visitor Center
When: Tuesday; May 7th, 10am to 2pm
What: A day of outdoor learning
Why: It's fun, and a great way to greet spring!
Read on to see the information sheet. Note that homeschool parents should either plan on coming as a chaperone . . . or let me know, and I will arrange to attend and chaperone up to 6 students. (Ramona)
Pre-Site Visit: WISE will be doing pre-site visits at the schools the week of April 29th for orientation to inform students and teachers what to expect and what to bring. This will last about 30 minutes for each school.
What to Bring: Lunch, Water, Day Pack, Warm Clothes, warm coat/raincoat, hat, mittens, boots. All attending need to be prepared to be outdoors all day, whatever the weather!
Transportation: Arranged by the schools. Home school students must be brought by their parent or guardian.
Homeschool students are encouraged to participate. Parents/guardians are asked to contact WISE to sign up your 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student for Earth Discovery Day
Activities: Learning stations will be set up outdoors and presented by local agency employees, visiting experts, and volunteers. Each grade level of students will be randomly divided into groups upon arrival and given a "passport.” This will be used to answer questions about what they learned at each station. Teachers are welcome and encouraged to grade and/or give points for the “passports”. Curriculums for presentations meet certain Grade Level Expectations. Each station is 35 minutes. Students will receive a stamp in their “passport” before going on to the next station.
4th Grade - Ahtna Language, Recycling, Wonderful Wrangells, Archaeology
5th Grade - Great Horned Owl, Songbirds, ATV Safety, Funky Fish
6th Grade - Planetarium, Leave No Trace, Red Tail Hawk, Tree Identification
Chaperones: According to district policy, there needs to be one chaperone for every 6 students. Teachers are responsible for arranging chaperones for their class. Teachers can be counted as chaperones. Students will be randomly divided into groups and chaperones will be assigned to a group. Teachers and chaperones may not necessarily be with their own students, unless they request to be with a certain student. It is important that we know before May 1 if you want to be with a certain student. Home school parents or guardians should plan to attend as a chaperone.
Partners: This program is organized by Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment (WISE) in partnership with Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Glennallen Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, Copper River School District, Ahtna Heritage Foundation, Native Village of Gakona, Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium, Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation, 4-H, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Wrangell Mountains Center, and UAF Museum of the North
For more information contact: Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment
Robin Underwood, Executive Director, 907-822-3575, firstname.lastname@example.org