Alaska: Wildlife Alliance Expedition™


Journey to the Last Frontier and explore Alaska’s great wilderness while immersing yourself in learning about the 49th state’s majestic wildlife and participating in wildlife conservation activities.
  • Get up close and personal with unique Alaskan wildlife
  • Visit wildlife conservation facilities featured on the TV show “Alaska Animal Rescue!”
  • View wildlife during hiking, river rafting, a marine cruise, and a backcountry train ride
  • Become a citizen scientist for an endangered species
  • Learn about traditional customs of Alaska’s Indigenous Natives

On This Program you will...

Be immersed in experiences involving many of Alaska’s iconic wildlife species. See and learn about a large variety of terrestrial and marine wildlife, their biology, and the threats they face. You will also help in animal care and habitat restoration activities in this largest U.S. state (so large, in fact, that if it was divided in half, each half would still be larger than any other state). Because it’s so big, we’ll keep our trip focused on exploring the southcentral region. Hike to a glacier, raft a river, take a wildlife cruise, ride a train, pan for gold, and meet some sled dogs!

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Human encroachment into Alaska’s many wilderness areas has put wildlife at risk. Help with conservation projects, such as the care of rescued animals and their facilities, removal of invasive species and habitat restoration. The specific service activity may vary depending upon the specific needs at the time of your trip. Participate in a citizen science project by conducting a monitoring session looking for endangered beluga whales. Also, you will receive a one-year membership with the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, a nonprofit protecting Alaska’s wildlife through education and citizen mobilization.

Immersive Learning

Alaska boasts the most diverse array of wildlife species in the country. You may get up-close with numerous wildlife species, both terrestrial and marine. So be on the lookout for ancient musk ox, moose, bears, bald eagles, whales, otters, sea lions, puffins and others! Learn from wildlife experts along your journey and have evening wildlife presentations. You’ll also learn about the unique culture of Alaska’s Indigenous Natives, their close relationship with wildlife for subsistence, and about a unique mode of transportation integral in Alaska’s history (hint, it involves a sled and a team of dogs).


Become as passionate about Alaskan wildlife as we are! Your journey will be packed with fun ways to see iconic wildlife. In addition to the plants and animals you will witness during the immersive learning components, you’ll also get to see wildlife both up-close and from a distance during your adventures hiking, river rafting, cruising through wildlife-rich waters, and riding a train through backcountry wilderness. See a glacier up close, pan for gold like oldtime explorers to the Alaskan wilderness once did, and help to train (and cuddle with) sled dogs.

Dates & Tuition


Wildlife Alliance Expedition™

10-Day Program
2021 Dates
July 05 – July 14, 2021
July 17 – July 26, 2021
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $5,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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