Alaska Outdoor School (AOS) is a two-night, three-day residential outdoor school program held at the Chugach National Forest’s Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley. AOS is education through adventure, with a curriculum that is designed by Alaskans educators for Alaskan students and undergoes frequent updating in accordance with Next Generation Science Standards and Alaska State Physical Education Standards. In addition, AOS collaborates with multiple agencies and organizations to model a variety of career opportunities and cultivate lifelong stewardship of public lands in Alaska.
You are about to embark upon a unforgettable trip to locations throughout the Eastern Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. Using land forms along the Kenai road system, you will learn about the unique history that spans from the indigenous people... to the explorers... to the gold miners ... to the 1964 Earthquake.
By far the best way to learn about the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is to get out and see it for yourself. This guide describes different sites that could be easily visited by school groups. Follow the map through the KMTA area to learn more of it’s historical importance.
Trails Across Time curriculum recognizes that much of Alaska’s history is recent and can still be found in the remains of old cabins and in the stories of our elders. These lessons ask students to look around them – to observe the landscape and culture that they may take for granted – and discover the story etched there. Each lesson gives students a story, a clue, or a mystery to puzzle through.