Caring for the Kenai

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Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Caring for the Kenai Program Administrator

Caring for the Kenai is an award winning environmental contest that challenges high school students to answer the question “What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to help improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?” This contest brings together the entire community of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and offers over $25,000 in cash awards to area schools and local students.This contest is sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Corporation and is an education program of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Through their sponsorship and the support of many other organizations, this contest has been recognized on the national level. We invite you to browse this web site and learn more about why this community partnership is so successful!

Caring for the Kenai provides an opportunity for a cooperative effort by industry, businesses, local and state government, school districts, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, and the media to increase public understanding of our communities environmental and natural disaster challenges.

Entrants begin with an environmental issue they wish to address and develop a solution specific to that issue. Entrants will do research, perform experiments, and conduct interviews in order to learn as much about their topics as possible. Then, each entrant, or team, writes a proposal (essay) including such information as the problem (s)he is attempting to solve, what has been learned about this problem, and the entrant’s solution to the problem.

Proposals are collected and judged. Through an extensive process of judging, nearly 600 proposals are narrowed down to 12 finalists. After the finalists and teachers are notified of their standings, they begin preparing for an oral presentation. They have several weeks to prepare for this presentation in front of a panel of 7 judges, an audience, and streamed live over the internet.


It is that time of year again! Have you started thinking about Caring for the Kenai yet? We are preparing to kick off the 30th year of this wonderful competition and we’d love to see you at our annual CFK teacher workshop!  Please email with questions.