Fabulous Fjords (FREE)

by  Kenai Fjords National Park

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Fjord estuary ecosystems only exists in 6 places around the world! Students will explore this unique environment, observe the plants and animals that thrive here and consider the interconnected systems that maintain its delicate balance. This program discusses the transfer of energy within food webs and changes in community/population dynamics. Students will have the opportunity to dive into humans’ role in this ecosystem and their local ecosystems.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00
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By Request: $0.00
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There is no charge for this program.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Leadership, Problem Solving, Sciences Climate Change

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams or your organization’s Google Meet

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 programing will be available 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.

About This Provider

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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


•Students will gain insight into the responsibilities of the National Park Service and what makes Kenai Fjords National Park an important place.
•Students will gain an understanding of ecosystems and the interactions within them.
•Students will learn about the specific factors that form the fjord estuary ecosystem and the conditions that allow it to sustain itself.
•Students will understand the complexities of the food web and how certain biotic and abiotic factors share vital roles in maintaining ecological balance.
•Students will challenge their perspectives and will be encouraged to think critically about their role as human beings in ecosystems.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Science Standards
NS 5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
NS 5-8.3 Life Sciences
NS 5-8.6 Personal and Social Perspectives

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-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Core Ideas:
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience