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Creeks as Classrooms

The Anchorage Waterways Council (AWC) partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2008 to develop a Creeks as Classrooms model for the Anchorage School District (ASD). Year one built on AWC’s relationship and experience with Polaris K-12, where a successful program continued to evolve. Begich Middle School and King Career Center, both located very close to Chester Creek, participated in the pilot program along with Polaris K-12. Year two was funded again by the USFWS and the Bullitt Foundation.

Since 2011, ConocoPhillips has provided funding to continue and expand the program.  Approximately 5,000 students (K-University) participate every year from ASD schools, UAA, summer camps, and youth and family events (Migratory Bird Day, Potter Marsh Day, etc.). One of our recent areas of focus has been on monofilament and the harm it does to fish and wildlife.  In 2017, UAA students in Dr. Audrey Taylor's spring Conservation Biology class produced a video illustrating the problem and solutions.  It's never too early to learn about stewardship of the environment, and Creeks as Classrooms is a great one to encourage it. 


Thank you ConocoPhillips for your financial support.




If you would like to see a short video made by 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Girdwood K-8 in 2012, click here.