Learn about Wildlife at Home or at School
For more than 35 years the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has worked to support educators teaching about Alaska's wildlife and habitat. Now, more than ever, engagement in the outdoors with easy-to-use, place-based lessons and materials will help your students connect with their place, families, and the natural world.
**For even more amazing teaching resources, click on the Teacher Resources page!
Tracks and Animal Signs
Check out the different ways you can learn about animal signs!
Alaska Ecology Cards (PDF 2,881 kB)
Alaska's Wild Wonders Kids Magazine: Tracks! (PDF 1,359 kB)
Track Card Download (PDF 490 kB)
Learn about the amazing similarities and differences of the fur on Alaska's Animals with these resources.
How to videos
Activities for Home or School
Lessons for a changing Season
Even if your community is still covered in snow, changes are happening! Check out how trees and shrubs respond to more light and heat.
Forests and Wildlife Full Curriculum Guide (PDF 10,468 kB)
Snag a home! (PDF 123 kB)
Forests and Sunlight (PDF 115 kB)
Forests and Air (PDF 126 kB)
Forest Succession Background (PDF 817 kB)
Succession Activity: Which animal goes where? (PDF 410 kB)
Learn more about Alaska's Bears Teaching Guide with worksheets, activities and background information
Grow your observation skills with a little hunt and find. Using a camera to photograph your finds to create a digital journal to introduce technology. Revisit the sites to see what has changed!
Join Mike Taras to learn about some interesting beaver behavior. Use the resources listed here to see if you can figure out what is happening!
Returning and Emerging Wildlife
Birds are back
The Alaska State Refuges are special places where migrating birds nest or just stop over. Here are a few guides for adults or students to learn more.
Palmer Hay Flats - My Bird Journal(Mat-Su Valley) (PDF 864 kB)
Potter Marsh (Anchorage) (PDF 387 kB)
Bird Watch-Creamer's Field (Fairbanks) (PDF 616 kB)
Booklet: Creamer's Field Guide to Birds (PDF 674 kB)
Learn more about common birds in Alaska (PDF 2,161 kB)
Bird Quiz (PowerPoint file 5,109 kB)
Learn some common bird calls and test your knowledge.
This time of year wood frogs are croaking their song all over Alaska. They can be found even in the busiest places in Alaska. Test your wood frog knowledge by their 'song,' learn about their life cycle and their amazing winter survival adaptation.
All about wood frogs (PDF 51 kB)
What does one wood frog sound like? (MP3 file 284 kB)
What do 6-12 wood frogs sound like? (MP3 file 62 kB)
What does a full chorus sound like? (MP3 file 300 kB)
Test your knowledge. One, twelve or a full chorus? (MP3 file 776 kB)
Print off 2 copies of the frog pages. On one page use pasta to glue on a skeleton, on the second page create the skin of a frog. It can be a real one or one from your imagination. Remember, you might have to explain how the frog's color helps it to camoflauge! Cut them out and paste or staple them together. Now you can see its skin and bones!
Google slides that are interactive worksheets and ready to use. Copy and save to your computer to adapt them for your students.
Kids (and adults) can work through a series of challenges that feature Alaska's Wild Foods! Teachers can direct the entire class to work through guided instruction or assign the activity independently. Its fun to learn about the nutrition and abundance of Alaska's Wild Foods.
*These guides may be purchased when you participate in an ADF&G workshop or by contacting ADF&G
Grow As We Go!
Some animals begin their life looking very different. Color and cut out the cards for this fun activity and place their growth stages in order. Which animal has the most stages and who has the least?Worksheet
Videos and Media for students
Students discover and count the diversity of life in their own backyard
Students from Auke Bay School in Juneau use game cameras to learn about wildlife and science literacy in this fun video.
Watch, hear and read about Alaska's Animals on the Fish and Game Website
A video by students for students- Learn to be safe around moose.
What do bears do when no one is watching? Check out theses images taken from cameras attached to radio-collars worn by bears in Anchorage.
I'm not mean, I'm hungry! A wolverine helps himself to a ground nest of eggs
North America's largest land mammal is free on the range.
This video summarizes the method used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to estimate the population size of various caribou herds in Alaska. A ten-minute bird's eye view of a wildlife phenomenon few people get to see.