For Teachers

Special thanks to Morgan Steel – our CFK CEC sponsor!

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Three credits of 500 level professional development may be available for participation in the CFK program. More details will follow at the in service.

Krysten Maxon (2014 CFK 2nd Place) and KCHS science teacher Kristin Davis processing books purchased with CFK in-classroom cash award funds!
Krysten Maxon (2014 CFK 2nd Place) and KCHS science teacher Kristin Davis processing books purchased with CFK in-classroom cash award funds!


Caring for the Kenai is a unique environmental contest and a wonderful educational opportunity for your students; and it’s a cinch to incorporate into your curriculum. Teachers who use CFK as an aspect for their lesson plans have said, “the great thing about Caring for the Kenai is that it’s not just another thing to cram into your overflowing curriculum, but something that can be substituted for other projects as a real-life, hands-on, community-oriented opportunity.”

2015 CFK Science Teacher In-Service

The 2015 Caring for the Kenai teacher inservice brought together teachers from all around the district to learn more about the contest and discuss ways to improve the process for students. One of the main objectives of this in-service is to help teachers generate new project ideas to share with their students.  Presentations from Heidi Chay of the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District and Dan Nelson from the Borough’s Office of Emergency Management provided many great project ideas. Teachers also enjoyed a presentation from Roger Pearson, who discussed how CFK meets state and national science standards, and KPBSD superintendent Sean Dusek also met with the teachers to pledge his continuing support.  Former essay and presentation judges shared their insights to give teachers an idea of how essays are scored and finalists determined.  Finally, teachers had a chance to network with each other, a time that is particularly helpful to teachers that are new to CFK.  Overall, the inservice was informative and energetic, and this year’s contest is sure to bring more amazing ideas from our students.

Photos and notes from past years’ in-services…

Caring for the Kenai curriculum unites science and language arts with the real world…


  • Kristin Davis – KCHS Science Teacher, Science Specialist, and Teacher Mentor

2017-18 Timeline – Important dates to remember

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – Teacher In-Service at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Contest Entry Deadline
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 12 Finalists Selected
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018- Oral Presentation competition for finalists
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 27th Anniversary VIP Awards Banquet at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai

Student Proposal Requirements
This document can be used by teachers, students, and parents to help show what makes a winning proposal.

Judges Scoring Rubric– This document gives an idea of how the judging is conducted at the semi-finalist scoring.

Oral Presentation Judging Rubric – This document provides snapshot of how students are judged during the Oral Presentation of the finalists.

Oral Presentation Long Rubric – This give a detailed look at the specific criteria of the oral judging process.

Final Scoring at the Oral Presentation – The FINAL scores for the twelve contest finalists will be calculated accordingly: 1/3 semi-finalist round score and 2/3 oral presentation score. The total final score determines the winners and placing.

Past Oral Presentations

We also encourage teachers to view past oral presentations. You can find them at the following addresses. Please note you will need Windows Media Player to view the presentations.

Click here to view 2012’s Oral Presentation.

Example Essays & Writing Tips

Caring for the Kenai and national standards

Caring for the Kenai is an important local program, but how does it connect to national standards and lifelong environmental education?  The answer to this question has been addressed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) who have developed four strands of contest standards that detail the cross-curricular relationship between environmental education and the major disciplines of language arts, math, geography, economics, and history.

These strands are summarized below with direct links to the national standards of each subject area.  In addition, examples have been showcased from the Caring for the Kenai contest that model and illustrate specifically how these students connected their projects to the major NAAEE strands as well as national standards in other subject areas.
Content Standards Correlation to CFK Project

Caring for the Kenai meets all Alaska standards for science and english.

For Science: Caring for the Kenai meets all Alaska Content Standards, (A-D). A- A student should understand scientific facts, concepts, principles, and theories.  B- A student should possess and understand the skills of scientific inquiry.  C- A student should understand the nature and history of science.  D- A student should be able to apply scientific knowledge and skills to make reasoned decisions about the use of science and scientific innovations.
To view AK Content Standards for Science, visit

For English: Caring for the Kenai meets all Alaska Content Standards, (A-E).  A- A student should be able to speak and write well for a variety of purposes and audiences.  B- A student should be a competent and thoughtful reader, listener, and viewer of literature, technical materials, and a variety of other information.  C- A student should be able to identify and select from multiple strategies in order to complete projects independently and cooperatively.  D- A student should be able to think logically and reflectively in order to present and explain positions based on relevant and reliable information.  E- A student should understand and respect the perspectives of others in order to communicate effectively.
To view AK Content Standards for English, visit