Alaska: Biomes of the North

by  Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

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The National Park Service protects millions of acres of public lands in northern Alaska. These lands are part of the tundra and  boreal forest (taiga) biomes. In this program, students will learn about these biomes with examples from two wild, remote national park units: Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers. A National Park Service Ranger will present an overview of non-living factors that influence these extreme biomes and the
living things that call them home. This program was designed for grades 5-8, but can be used as a supplement for high school programs as well. It is best suited for students who have already been introduced to biomes in the classroom.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00


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The distance learning program runs about 45-60 minutes.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

One class (approximately 30) to facilitate discussion with presenter

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Distance learning programs are available for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Programs are available 8am - 4pm Alaska Time.

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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Fairbanks, Alaska
United States

Are you interested in learning more about interior Alaska's extreme environment and the plants and animals that thrive there? Do you wish that you could bring your class to learn first hand but you are too far away? The Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information center along with Yukon-Charley National Preserve and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve have created free, interactive classroom presentations that your students can participate in using Zoom on the internet that bring a bit of Alaska into your classroom.

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Program Details


1. Introduction to biomes
2. Tundra discussion
3. Boreal Forest discussion
4. Affects of change in biomes discussion
5. Questions and answers


Students will be able to:

1. Define biome.
2. Name the two biomes of northern Alaska.
3. Describe 2 or more factors that affect the boreal forest and the tundra.
4. List 4 animals that live in the boreal forest and the tundra.
5. Explain how living and non-living things are interconnected in a biome.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standard:
•WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
•WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
•WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
•SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
•SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
•RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
•RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Next Generation Science Standards
•MS-LS2-1 - Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
•MS-LS2-2 - Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
•MS-LS2-4 - Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
•MS-LS4-4 – Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

State Standards