ALASKA

JUNEAU WILDERNESS & GLACIER ADVENTURE

Explore remote Southeastern Alaska while supporting public land rebuilding efforts, all while having an adventure in the largest national forest system and learning about Native Alaskan cultures.

Highlights

FOR THE ALASKA: JUNEAU WILDERNESS & GLACIER ADVENTURE™ PROGRAM

  • Live, work and play in the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the U.S.
  • Hike to Mendenhall glacier and explore the wildlife-rich waters around Juneau’s ports
  • Volunteer on trail building initiatives with a local organization
  • Learn about Southeast Alaska’s Native populations and their cultures
  • Ferry to another small town for an overnight wilderness excursion
  • Explore Juneau, one of the only two state capitals that are inaccessible by road

ALASKA

JUNEAU WILDERNESS & GLACIER ADVENTURE

Program Overview

On this program you will journey to one of the only two state capitals that are inaccessible by road — Juneau — where you’ll learn about environmental stewardship and public lands. Discover more about the Native populations that have called Southeast Alaska home for more than 10,000 years. Juneau is situated within Tongass National Forest, the largest in the U.S. forest system, which means that your home away from home and playground will be a temperate rainforest. The region is a perfect backdrop against which to learn about public land management as well as trail infrastructure and rebuilding. Juneau is also known for its endless outdoor adventure activities, so be ready to hike, kayak, go boating and explore glaciers, rivers and forests.

ALASKA

JUNEAU WILDERNESS & GLACIER ADVENTURE

Community Service

Juneau only has 42 miles of road; however, it has 250 miles of hiking and biking trails. With that ratio, it only makes sense that we support a local organization dedicated to the building and maintenance of Juneau’s trail system. You’ll get your hands dirty (literally) as an environmental steward, all while supporting trail building and improvement efforts. Projects could include gravel-laying, trail construction or fencing and signage refurbishment. As you support these efforts, you’ll also be learning about to whom this land belongs and how public lands are managed in Southeast Alaska. Additionally, you may support another organization whose mission is to sustain salmon resources in Alaska, a critical resource for the economy and culture of the state.

Immersive Learning

Living in the state capital is an incredible way to learn about the history of Alaska. Discover its unique landscape, wildlife and the Native populations who call Southeast Alaska home. You will learn about the environment and land management through our service partner, and get hands-on experience in environmental efforts. You’ll also learn about the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, who have more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the land and communities of Southeast Alaska. Through cultural exhibits, workshops, documentaries and the wisdom and knowledge of local guest speakers, you’ll have a chance to respectfully learn about the Alaskan Native people’s history and cultures.

Adventure

Alaska is known to be an outdoors lover’s paradise — and for good reason. With 250 miles of easily accessible trails and easy water access, Juneau residents are known to casually hike an incredible trail before work, and then throw in a lake or sea kayak at lunchtime! We’ll do the same as the locals do, weaving in hiking, kayaking or canoeing into our daily schedule. We’ll also partake in some bigger-ticket adventure activities that are must-dos. Experience a fjord tour, during which you’ll explore the stunning Tracy Arm Wilderness Area, getting up close to glaciers, icebergs, waterfalls and lots of wildlife — an Alaskan adventurer’s dream! We’ll also take a tram up 1,800 feet to Mt. Roberts, taking in breathtaking scenery from above and traveling from sea level to rainforest to mountain peak on the way up. We’ll hike to a glacier and check out some bear and wildlife viewing platforms across the way. We will also visit an incredible bald eagle nature preserve.

Lodging

Your Home Base is a university dorm at the University of Alaska Southeast, located right by Auke Bay. UAS’s Juneau campus is situated along the Tongass National Forest and the Juneau Ice Field, with Auke Lake in the center of campus, across which you can spot a glacier on a clear day. Students will stay in gender-segregated two-person suites with shared bathrooms and kitchenettes. There’s plenty of communal space in the dorm and lots of outdoor areas for students to recreate.

ALASKA

JUNEAU WILDERNESS & GLACIER ADVENTURE

Dates & Tuition

Everything you need to know before you apply.

14-Day Program
2022 Dates
JUL 17 – JUL 30, 2022
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $6,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-18
Lodging: Dorm-Style

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country 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

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $145 application fee are required.

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ALASKA

JUNEAU WILDERNESS & GLACIER ADVENTURE

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