University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Environmental Curriculum Boot Camp for Teachers

Environmental Curriculum Boot Camp

  • Improve environmental science content knowledge through the lenses of the maritime environment and economic impacts
  • Introduction to curriculum resources available through the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
  • Deepen pedagogical knowledge through development of Student Learning Outcomes, unit goals and objectives, and development of lesson materials and methods
  • Explore ways to incorporate place-based learning, problem-based learning, and Alaskan standards into lesson planning

Place based activities may include:

  • Kayak in Prince William Sound
  • Tour the fish hatchery
  • Tour the Alyeska pipeline terminal


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Dates and Location 


Dates: June 3 - 5, 2021

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $100

Credits: 1

Location: Valdez

Contact: Katie Bobowski907-822-3673 or

Instructor: Bjørn Wolter


  • What to expect


    • 3 content-rich days immersed in classroom and field exercises to deepen teaching pedagogy. Teachers will walk away with lesson plans, resources, tools how to fit the curriculum into a classroom or virtual learning environment, and examples of place-based lesson planning.
  • What you will get


    • All students will develop a place-based lesson plan or unit to use in their own classroom. All of the lesson plans developed will be put into an online database that will be made available to all students for adaptation and use in their classroom
  •  Why you should come
    • Gives teachers the ability to reconnect to and re-energize their passion for teaching.
    • Mixes classroom activities with place-based/outdoor activities, which asks the teachers to not only consider their curriculum, but to also consider their classroom
    • Collaborative workshop activities allow STEM teachers to meet and network with other educators who are living through the same experience
  • Course Sample Schedule





     June 3, 2021  Morning  Valdez Introductions/Overview of course expectations
    Instruction on teaching pedagogy
    Develop an overview of the unit/divide the unit into subsections/break the class into smaller groups to work on subsections
        12 - 1 p.m.  

    Work on Unit subsection
    Place-based acitivity/testing/discuss possible lessons

      Evening   Campfire discussion of teaching pedagogy
    Daily Reflection
     June 4, 2021 Morning   Instruction on incorporating standards.
    Sub groups continue to develop their section of the unit.
       12 - 1 p.m.   Lunch
      Afternoon   Sub groups continue to develop their section of the unit.
    Place-based activity to test new lessons and provide examples of how to use RCAC lessons.
       Evening   Daily reflection

    Free to explore Valdez/ work on unit.

     June 5, 2021 Morning   
    Instruction on how to put the unit together.
    Group works to put the unit together in a logical order. 
       12 - 1 p.m.    Lunch
    Place-based activity-kayak Valdez harbor. 
       Evening   Bbq

    Daily reflection / Course reflection


Meet The Professor


Dr. Bjørn Wolter

Dr. Bjørn Wolter is a program manager with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.  He has been a professor, researcher, and administrator in Alaska K-20+ education for more than two decades. Bjørn earned a Ph.D in Science Education from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in Plant Ecology and B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University.