Surfing the Net with Kids Newsletter: Alaska

Surfing the Net with Kids: Alaska

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September 18, 2002

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When Alaska joined the Union in 1959, it was the first new state in forty-seven years. And although it is the largest state, it has a relatively small population; only Wyoming has fewer people. Alaska’s vast unspoiled wilderness is home to a huge assortment of wildlife including fur seals, musk oxen, brown bears, polar bears, caribou, elk and moose. Take virtual tour with the following sites.

Alaska @ National Geographic


“Any way you slice it, Alaska is BIG. At more than twice the size of Texas, it accounts for one-fifth of all United States land. Here you’ll find North America’s highest peak and lowest ocean trough, fjords to surpass Norway’s, mountains to humble the Alps, and glaciers to rival Greenland’s.” National Geographic surveys Alaska’s Land, Wildlife, History and People. Highlights are the Bear Essentials video (under Wildlife), the Native People feature, and the e-mail postcards available in each section.

Alaska Zoo


The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage has a nice collection of animal fact pages, many created by elementary students from Willow Crest School. Visit the Birds and Native Species sections for pictures and vital statistics(such as habitat and behavior) on twenty-seven native Alaskan animals including otters, eagles, and moose. Best click is the Bear Cam, where you can watch Ahpun the polar bear and Oreo the brown bear play together.

MMS Kids Corner Alaska


The Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior may not sound very exciting, but don’t judge them on their boring name. Their website is a wonderful collection of articles, printable games, and science experiments on the topics of crude oil (what it is and how it is drilled), whales, and volcanos. Don’t miss the photo gallery, and the five printable activities for lower elementary grades (found under “Just for Kids”) including an Alaska crossword puzzle and an animal match game.

State of Alaska: Kids


For state reports, you’ll find all the stats you need (Alaska’s state nickname is “The Last Frontier”) on the Student Guide page. For further research, SLED for Kids (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) has an extensive list of Alaskan site links. The Magnificent Moose Project, created by Mr. Ernst’s sixth grade class at the Anne Wien School in Fairbanks, Alaska, is a fun romp and an excellent example of what kids can do online.

Wild-Eyed Alaska


“Imagine watching a bald eagle close up. Or joining a puffin inside its burrow. Or plunging over rocky cliffs into the water to gaze at giant barnacles and other sea life. Now you can do all this and more virtually.” Wild-Eyed Alaska is a collection of six videos created by remote-control cameras on Gull Island in Kachemak Bay. Kachemak Bay (about 200 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula) is the largest of twenty-three sites in the U.S. National Estuarine Research Reserve System and the only one in Alaska.

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Copyright © 2002 Barbara J. Feldman

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