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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: botany, soil science, home economics, math, drafting, carpentry

Timeline: open

Grade Levels: open

Purpose: to plan greenhouse construction for community use


Achim Brauser
Construction and



Square bullet Activities

  • Research types of greenhouses. Select one suitable for construction, considering:

    whether or not to use local materials

    degree of sunlight, quantity of plants, year-round use, etc.

  • Research types of greenhouse plants. Choose a selection.
  • Conduct botanical experiments. Determine effects of Variations in:
  • heat, light, ventilation, moisture, soil types; nutrients, etc. coverings (plastic vs. glass).

  • Construct a simple hotbed. Grow plants from seeds.
  • Determine how to maintain greenhouse temperature and humidity.
  • Keep a log of planting dates, care of plants, progress, failures, successes.
  • Evaluate the project: Why did some plants succeed, others fail?

Square bullet Resources

  • Cooperative Extension Service for technical assistance through field-based agents throughout the state and for the following publications: 

    Greenhouses in Alaska

    A Gothic Greenhouse for Town & Country Homes (construction of a relatively simple greenhouse)

  • Lewis, C. C. (1965). The Greenhouse. Pergammon Press
  • Marston Gardening Project, Box 606, Kotzebue, AK 99752


  • Develop a proposal for a community greenhouse.
  • Prepare a pamphlet on growing greenhouse plants.
  • Grow tundra greens and berries.


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