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Native Pathways to Education
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: marine science, biology, fishing, subsistence

Timeline: ongoing; alternate classroom activities with on-site research

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to foster a broad understanding of marine resource developmetn; to promote, develop, and expand current resource use


S. Lamont
Farming the Sea



Square bullet Activities

  • Build a resource library:

    compile a bibliography of marine biology, oceanography, subsistence, and commercial fishing techniques

    develop materials to add to the library.

  • List all known forms of sea life in the area: 

    draw on community knowledge

    develop a "food web" chart with English, scientific, and Native names

    draw on bibliographic resources to fill in the gaps to the chart

    add the food web chart to the library.

  • Explore traditional and current uses of the sea:

    arrange field outings for crabbing, fishing, gathering sea peaches, etc.;

    have students take notes

    have students write short, descriptive papers from their notes

  • produce a booklet(s) or magazine; include in the library.

  • Explore possible, new uses of the sea:

    identify resources that are not used, underused, or no longer used (in many areas, large bottom sea populations are barely exploited)

    have students write to agencies for current information on harvesting and marketing methods; catalog information and include it in the library

    develop a proposal for an aquaculture project.

Square bullet Resources

  • Between Pacific Tides, a book on ecological niches of marine plants and animals, with biological data 
  • Alaska Coastal Zone Management Reports
  • Alaska Aquaculture Foundation, Wrangell, AK 
  • Arctic Environmental Information and Data Center for general publication list, current research profile on Alaska, or for subject-specific information
  • University of Alaska Marine Sciences
  • Alaska State Fisheries Commission
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association


  • If the students and/or community develop a new resource, explore marketing possibilities, both local and statewide.


Village Map and Directory

Land Selection

Local Weather Station

Star Mapping

6" Newtonian Reflecting Telescope Construction

Planetarium Construction

Investigation of Snow Melting

Insulation Experiments: Cardboard Boxes/Snow-Fenced Houses

Durable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Practical Application of Alternative Energy System

Solar Energy Uses

Construction of School/Community Facilities

Bush Shop or How to Learn Carpentry Without Wood

Basic Home Maintenance

Snowmachine Maintenance

Glider Construction (Aviation Shop)

Subsistence Tool Construction

Operating a Trapline, Subsistence Trapline, or Subsistence Net

Survival Skills

Heritage Campout

Netting Fish Efficiently

Natural History

Study of a Food Resource

Effects of Diet on Mice or Rats

Medicinal Plants

Farming the Sea

Summer Marine Science Program

Vegetable Gardening

Greenhouse Construction and Gardening

Chicken Farming

Water Usage Study

Garbage Disposal

Village Dogs

Fire Safety



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006