Jesse Bjorkman knows to never waste food or a good learning opportunity; that’s how he discovered another great use for moose meat — as a teaching aide.

Teachers Jesse and Dylan Hooper both taught an outdoor education class at Nikiski Middle School, which has turned many unusual settings into classrooms, including a garage prepped for butchering a moose harvested days earlier.

On this particular day, students learned some anatomy, some safe knife handling skills and various local and indigenous uses for the meat and other parts of the moose.

In the class, students learn survival skills for the outdoors like orienteering and keeping game meat cool, clean, and dry. Also students learn other survival skills for life, like being a part of a team, building relationships, and the importance of practicing ethics.