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SCHOOL OUTREACH

Anchorage Museum educators bring the wonders of the museum to you. The Outreach Program provides educational programming at off-site facilities such as schools and community centers. Opportunities are available for small and large groups, including festivals, StarLab portable planetarium shows, interdisciplinary guided investigations or traveling art and artifact kits.

Not in the Anchorage or Mat-Su area? Our statewide outreach program can come to you! Contact the museum at (907) 929-9279 for availability and pricing.

Programs are available Fall 2014 (Sept. 9-Dec. 19) and Spring 2015 (Jan. 6-May 15) unless otherwise noted.

Prices are subject to change. Payment is due upon arrival via cash, check, or credit card. If you are unable to pay with cash, check, or credit card, you must submit a purchase order prior to your visit and contact the museum’s School Group Coordinator for approval.

To request an Outreach Program (festivals, guided investigation, StarLab), complete this form.

To request a Traveling Kit, complete this form.

FESTIVALS
Festivals include family-friendly exhibits and activities that foster parent and community involvement in art, history, culture, and science education.
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Festivals include family-friendly exhibits and activities that foster parent and community involvement in a combination of art, history, culture, and science topics utilizing a variety of thematic perspectives.

Programs run for up to two hours and cost $400; additional hours are $100 per hour, maximum six hours. Maximum 300 people per two-hour festival.

DISCOVERY FEST (K–12)
Though multiple hands-on tabletop exhibits, students explore the senses, color, flight, the human body, optical illusions, magnetism, animals, and much more.

CHANGING ALASKA FESTIVAL (3–12)
Learn about the environment--sea ice, temperature changes, animal migration, and the science behind our changing climate through hands-on activities and animated visuals. Our Magic Planet digital globe displays animated NASA and NOAA imagery to showcase the Earth’s weather patterns as seen from space.

GUIDED INVESTIGATIONS
Students explore thematic interdisciplinary topics under the guidance of a museum educator.
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Students explore thematic interdisciplinary topics under the guidance of a museum educator.

$200 for each 50 minute session, minimum of two sessions per day required. Maximum 30 students per session.

LIVING DENA’INA (K–12)
Students explore a traditional Dena’ina village by participating in a subsistence lifestyle activity. Students handle authentic artifacts and learn traditional trade routes by exploring a giant map of the Cook Inlet region. Students gain a better understanding of cultural traditions and contemporary subsistence lifestyles.

GREAT GREY WHALE MIGRATIONS (K–3)
Students explore how increasing temperatures affect plants and animals. Students record data and play the role of scientists following the gray whale migration along the Pacific coast. Students sketch, describe, and measure the whales they observe. Students gain a better understanding of our warming oceans, why animals migrate, and why scientists study and continue to learn new things about our changing environment.

TRACKING MIGRATION (4-6)
Students gain a better understanding of what migration means and the reasons animals migrate. Using scientists’ observations students examine migration patterns of gray whales. Students use data to calculate distance and track animal migration, then make predictions of the possible impact on gray whale migration patterns caused by increasing global temperatures.

SEA ICE, ICE BABY (4-8)
Students see animations of seasons, sea ice, and ocean currents on a Magic Planet digital globe and explore how color affects the ability of a material to reflect light and absorb heat. Students conduct an experiment using independent and dependent variables, record data, and analyze results. Students learn about the important role of sea ice in regulating Earth’s temperature.

MAPPING MIGRATION (7-8)
Students view a short presentation on a Magic Planet digital globe about our changing Arctic and learn about the research conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Students collect data and track animal migration to gain a better understanding of migration patterns of gray whales. Students predict possible effects on gray whale migration patterns caused by increasing global temperatures.

STARLAB (K–12)
Bring presentations about the night sky and constellations to your school with the StarLab portable planetarium.
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Bring presentations about the night sky and constellations to your school with the StarLab portable planetarium.

This inflatable dome requires a minimum of 10 ½ foot ceiling clearance and 400 square feet of open floor space. Cost is $300 for up to two hours (four presentations), $100 for each additional hour. Maximum six hours in one day at one location. Shows run 25 minutes. Maximum of 30 people per show.

Educators may also rent the StarLab and facilitate their own star shows. Rental is $150 for the first day, $75 for each additional day. Rentals include dome, fan, two specified topic cylinders, and educational materials. Additional cylinders are available for $25 each. Teachers must participate in a two-hour professional development session prior to operating the StarLab without a museum employee present. See Professional Development for StarLab training dates.

StarLab rental comes with the Starfield and Greek Mythology cylinders. However, others are available if you prefer a different topic. Each cylinder comes with curriculum; for a preview, visit starlab.com.

Available cylinder topics for StarLab rental include:

  • Starfield
  • Greek Mythology
  • Deep Sky Objects
  • Native American Mythology
  • Ancient Chinese Legends
  • African Mythology
  • Earth
  • Biological Cell

TRAVELING MUSEUM KITS

Bring the museum to your classroom and make your lessons come alive with our Traveling Kits! Kits feature objects from different disciplines such as art, history, and culture. Kits also include lesson plans for K–12 students. Learn more.

SCHEDULING
To schedule an outreach program (festivals, guided investigations, StarLab), complete this form.

To request a Traveling Kit, complete this form.

QUESTIONS?
Call (907) 929-9279 or email outreach@anchoragemuseum.org.

OUTREACH CANCELLATION POLICY
The Anchorage Museum will travel to Anchorage/Mat-Su destinations primarily during the school year, with limited availability during the summer months. From time to time, weather conditions and other unforeseen events may cause the museum to cancel outreach programs. Programs canceled due to weather will be rescheduled at the earliest available time.

Should it be necessary for a school or organization to cancel a scheduled program, a minimum notice of 10 business days is required or the school/organization will be charged a 50 percent cancellation fee and all travel costs already incurred.