Glacier Detectives (FREE)

by  Kenai Fjords National Park

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What is a glacier and how is it formed? What is the difference between an icefield and an icesheet? This program will help young students gain an appreciation for our national parks and learn about Alaska’s glaciers. A park ranger will share the incredible beauty and impressive glacial features of Kenai Fjords National Park with the students, and inspire a sense of wonder and stewardship for the ice that continues to shape our planet.. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00


There is no charge for this program.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

WebEx or your organization’s Zoom & Google Meet account

Booking Information

Distance Learning with Kenai Fjords National Park is available Monday-Friday 7:00 am-4:00 pm Alaska Standard Time (11:00 am- 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time). Distance Learning programing will resume for the fall season in September 2023.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Kenai Fjords National Park

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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. The ice age lingers here in the Harding Icefield which works as a thermostat for surrounding terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The Harding is the largest intact icefield contained within the United States and the park is considered a living laboratory for scientists to learn about our changing climate. We hope to bring a part of this Alaskan wilderness in to your classroom and engage students to consider the National Parks as beautiful places that belong to them.

Leah Wold

Program Details


1. Why do we have National Parks?
2. What is special about Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska?
3. Exploration of glacial features.
4. Glacier detectives throughout the United States.
5. Be a landscape detective where you live.


• Students will gain an appreciation for why we have national parks.
• Students will gain an understanding of how icefields and glaciers are formed and learn how to recognize various glacial features and land formations.
• Students will learn about the glaciology of the Exit Glacier area and Kenai Fjords National Park.
• Students will understand past glaciations in that impacted the United States.
• Students will gain an appreciation for how water shapes the earth and will be encouraged to be landscape detectives in their area.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards:
3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans
5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.