NOTE 1: These sites can be divided into 3 classifications:
1. MUSEUMS: These are organized repositories of information.
2. INTERPRETIVE SIGNS: Road side signage that describes nearby history or geology.
3. INQUIRY BASED: These are “wild” sites that are either historic remains or geologic features. These are wonderful opportunities for inquiry-based learning. Rather than provide students with the information, each of these sites ask students to make careful observations then answer the question: “What’s Going On Here?” It’s up to the individual teacher to decide how much “help” to provide— whether this is directing what students should be observing or guiding them towards a viable interpretation.
NOTE 2: Time of year is critical. Most of these sites are realistically viewable in late spring or autumn. If the site is a museum, call ahead to check availability and price. In regards to wild sites, these are often buried if snow is on the ground. The window of opportunity can be very thin.
NOTE 3: Suggested equipment is provided to make the most of your visit to that site. Proper clothing for the weather and footwear for off road terrain should be considered as well. Considering Alaska weather, Rite in the Rain paper should be used for notes.
NOTE 4: Stress safety — for both the student and the resource. There are some sites that will be damaged if students don’t use proper care. In addition, some sites have safety issues. Cautions are noted in lessons, but these are not definitive.