Listening to the Ice (FREE)

by  Kenai Fjords National Park

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What are global warming and climate change? How are they caused, and how they are impacting our planet? A National Park Ranger will use Kenai Fjords National Park as a looking glass through which to observe our planets health. The ranger will engage students with questioning, video content and other techniques in order to broaden their local and global understanding of climate change and leave them with a hopeful attitude about the future of our natural environment.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00
By Request: $0.00


There is no charge for this program.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Leadership, Problem Solving, Sciences Climate Change

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teamsor your organization’s Google Meet account

Booking Information

Distance Learning with Kenai Fjords National Park is available Monday-Friday 6:30 am-4:00 pm Alaska Standard Time (10:30 am- 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time). Distance Learning programs will be offered January 15, 2024- March 15, 2024. NOW BOOKING!

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel a program. We understand last minute cancellations due to weather closures.

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward, AK
United States

Kenai Fjords National Park is a land where mountains and glaciers pour into an ocean teeming with life. A place where the ice age lingers! The Harding Icefield, the largest intact icefield contained within the United States, works as a thermostat for surrounding terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Our park is considered a living laboratory for scientists to learn about our changing climate. By engaging with your students about climate change and glacial landscapes, we'll bring a part of this Alaskan wilderness into your classroom!

Gillian Braver

Program Details


Educator Directed Pre-Session Activities
• 50-60 minutes: student reading, pre-activity, and questions

Test Connection
• 5-10 minutes: Test meeting connection with NPS Microsoft Teams or Zoom, or your organization’s Google Meet account.
1.Basics: We use Zoom or Microsoft Teams for our Distance Learning (DL) videoconferencing. If your organization has a Google Meet account and you prefer to use this platform, we can present the DL Live Session through your organization’s Google Meet Link.
2.What you will need for the test and session: Computer, screen or monitor, webcam, and speakers.
3.Test and live-session invites: We both will agree to the date and time for a Test Connection and Live Session. If we are using our MS Teams or Zoom Meeting Room, then an NPS Ranger will email you a link to our meeting room. Use the same link for the Test Connection and the Live Session. If we use your organization's Google Meet account, then you will need to email the links for the Test and Live Session to the NPS Ranger.
4.During test connection: Join the virtual conference room 5 mins before the Test Connection begins. Then, we will check audio and video formatting on both sides, as well as the overall quality of the connection.

Distance Learning Live-Session with NPS Ranger
• 45-60 minutes: Session, activity and questions
1.Join the virtual conference room 10 mins before the live session begins.
2.Introduce Kenai Fjords National Park.
3.The session will run about 45 mins with 10-15 mins at the end for students’ questions.
4.After the session CILC or a Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger will email you a program evaluation.

Educator Directed Post-Session Activities
• 30-60 minutes: post activity, questions


1. The Earth has a fever! Global warming and climate change basics.
2. It's getting hot up here in Alaska. What's happening at Kenai Fjords National Park?
3. Think like a scientist: Why does this matter to you and the rest of the world?
4. What can we do? We are all part of the solution.

Goals of the program:
- Student will gain a basic understanding of global warming and climate change.
-Students will understand the impacts of climate change in Alaska, and how those impacts affect the rest of the world.
-Students will consider local changes in the environment.
-Students will gain a hopeful perspective on how we can all work together as one global community.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS. 5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
NS. 5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
NS. 5-8.6 Personal and Social Perspectives

Next Generation Science Standards:
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

MS. Weather and Climate:
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.