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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: horticulture, science, math, home economics

Timeline: spring-late summer

Grade Levels: all

Purpose: to utilize food grown by oneself


Hart Allex and E. Meade 
Vegetable Gardening




Square bullet Activities

  • Discuss plant needs, harvesting techniques, and food preparation and storage.
  • Grow plants under artificial lights in the classroom.
  • Conduct experiments that demonstrate effects of:

    increased light or darkness

    variations in nutrients and moisture


  • Grow bedding plants to transplant:
  • have students design a garden utilizing principles of adequate light, space, etc.

  • Prepare soil and transplant.
  • Maintain garden throughout summer. 
  • Harvest, prepare foods, eat and store foods. Distribute produce throughout the village.

Square bullet Resources

  • materials and space for sprouting apparatus
  • supply of seeds
  • Alaska Chapters of Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage, Experimental Research Station, Palmer, AK
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Agriculture, Experimental Farm
  • Cooperative Extension Service


  • Hold a feast.
  • Market the excess.
  • Build a greenhouse.
  • Sprout seeds for a cheap, dependable source of vitamins, and for income:

    Purchase seeds; alfalfa, bean, radish, etc.

    Build sprouting beds or sprout in jars.

    Research and print information on cooking techniques and food value.

    Market produce through the local store; serve at school.


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