Kenai Mountains - Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is proud to be the home of Alaska Outdoor School, whose mission is to cultivate lifelong stewardship of public lands in Alaska through residential, place-based outdoor education for Alaskan youth. By connecting students with the curiosity and wonder that only outdoor spaces can inspire, even the simple and joyous act of skipping a rock on Portage Lake can be a deeply impactful and powerful experience.

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AOS is committed to equity, inclusion, accessibility and cultural relevance in all program elements. AOS will achieve this by:


1. Lowering barriers to outdoor education by providing Outdoor School to all fifth grade students, regardless of their ability to pay.


2. Modeling an inclusive mindset toward outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship & exposing students to the diverse ways to use and enjoy public lands.


3. Benefiting students’ physical, social and emotional health through play, group work and cooperative activities.

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AOS is committed to an instructional model that includes outdoor adventure, scientific thinking, and self-discovery. AOS will achieve this by:


1. Experiential, hands-on, immersive outdoor learning that extends multidisciplinary instruction beyond the classroom to stimulate learning & provide students with opportunities to have positive outdoor experiences while learning or improving outdoor activities and skills.


2. Improving students’ knowledge and appreciation of Alaska’s natural beauty and natural resources by exposing students to nature through adventurous learning.


3. Partnering with government agencies, school districts, businesses, and nonprofit organizations and utilizing experts in their field (e.g. professionals from these organizations) for instructors.

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Alaska Outdoor School is education through adventure! Students reap the mental and physical benefits of being outdoors and engage directly with the natural world to learn outdoor skills, natural and cultural history, science, recreation activities, career options, and social-emotional skills. This enables students to develop appreciation for Alaska’s public lands and natural resources, think critically about big questions, and build resiliency in our changing world. We hope all students leave AOS with new knowledge and new connections to themselves, their peers, and the land.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Alaska Outdoor School is currently open to 5th grade students in the Anchorage School District. Enrollment is by school (all 5th grade classes/students are eligible to participate) and coordinated in partnership with the ASD Health & PE Department.

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Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Do you work in a field related to public lands or natural resources? Do you want to share your skills and knowledge with the next generation of Alaskans? Volunteer with Alaska Outdoor School!

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Alaska Outdoor School is committed to working with students, teachers, schools, and parents to ensure access to Outdoor School for all students.


We fully fund participants from Title I schools, and will work with non-Title I schools to fundraise and keep their program costs low.

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CONTACT US

For more information about Alaska Outdoor School, please contact:

SARAH SCHUH

Education Program Manager

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GIRDWOOD, AK 99587

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