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Contact Information
Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center
101 Dunkel St
Fairbanks, Alaska  99701
Phone: (907) 459-3747
Program Title
Alaska: Biomes of the North
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 3 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Number of Participants
One class (approximately 30) to facilitate discussion with presenter
Minimum Number of Participants
Primary Disciplines
Program Description
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.
Program Format
1. Introduction to the National Park Service
2. Introduction to Alaska
3. Boreal Forest discussion
4. Arctic Tundra discussion
5. Wrap-up
6. Questions and answers
Students will be able to:

1. Define biome.
2. Name the two biomes of northern Alaska.
3. Describe 2 or more non-living factors that affect the boreal forest and the tundra.
4. List 4 animals that live in the boreal forest and the tundra.
5. Explain one reason that these biomes are important to them.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.1 -- Speaking and ListeningCommon Core Standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.5.SL.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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-LS2-4 - Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-LS2-2 - Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
Pre-lesson activity takes about 1 class period. Online program runs about 50-60 minutes.
Date/Time Notes
2017-2018 academic year programs are available beginning October 6, 2017 Programs are available 8am - 4pm Alaska Time.
Program Cost
Point to Point: $0.00
Program Fee Notes
Free Program
Cancellation Policy
No cancellation fee
Is recording allowed?

Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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