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Alaska Adventure 2009. Learning and Adventure in America’s Last Great Frontier. Adventures to Planet Earth Alaska Adventure 2009 Overview. 8 day program Hotel and cabin accommodations Large deluxe motorcoach Finest field guides

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AlaskaAdventure 2009

  • Learning and Adventure in America’s Last Great Frontier

Adventures to Planet EarthAlaska Adventure 2009 Overview

  • 8 day program

  • Hotel and cabin accommodations

  • Large deluxe motorcoach

  • Finest field guides

  • From ocean, to glaciers, to tundra of Denali, to culture of native Alaskans

Alaska Adventure Itinerary

  • Our route takes us north from Anchorage, to Denali National Park, and south to Seward and the Kenai Peninsula

Brief Highlights of Program

  • Kenai Fjords National Park-tidewater glaciers

  • Cruise to see glaciers “calving” into the sea

  • Lunch at Fox Island

  • Whales and dolphins in Gulf of Alaska

  • Touch a moving glacier

  • Denali National Park wildlife viewing

Brief Highlights page 2

  • Denali tundra wildlife safari-Alaska’s “big five”

  • Alaska Railroad journey-Denali to Anchorage

  • Alaskan cultural center-meet native Alaskans

Earth Explore FoundationAdventures to Planet Earth

  • Sponsoring Teacher-led educational programs since 1995

  • Founded by teachers and outdoor educators

  • Mission is to connect students with Planet Earth

  • 4 thousand students have participated

Adventures to Planet EarthFun and Learning in Inspiring Places

Just the Facts-Earth Explore

  • Teacher led

  • Low adult to student ratio

  • Credit opportunities

  • Always hands-on

  • World’s finest partner universities and outdoor educators

  • An ideal mix of learning and fun adventure

  • Preparation Meetings get students ready for the trip

Programs are mission based, emphasizing cross disciplinary study of Planet Earth. Not just a Student “Tour”

  • Study Planet Earth, its history, natural environments and cultures

  • Create enduring connections with the natural world

  • Encourage young people to become involved with Planet Earth and its future

What happens when?

  • Groups form August through December

  • All Adventures usually full by January 1st

  • Teacher conducts preparation sessions in late winter and spring

  • Usually 4-6 two hour get-togethers

  • Student receives the Naturalist newsletter quarterly, and program Adventure Guide

What happens when?

  • Travel Packet arrives in May

    Detailed day to day itinerary

    Official program cap, field journal, photo credentials, luggage tag, T-shirt

Earth Explore OnlinePDFs to download

  • Program Newsletters

  • Student Application

  • Health Form (spring)

  • Academic Credit Outline

  • Fundraising Packet

Earth Explore AdventuresStudent application process

  • Applications accepted until local group is full, then waitlist is begun

  • If student is not known to teacher, interview is required

  • Limited number of spaces for each Adventure each season

  • Student application is mailed, faxed, or submitted online

Student application process - continued

  • Lead teacher will have materials or they can be requested from the National Office or downloaded online

  • Friends or siblings can participate, but they must be interviewed if not known to the teacher

Our Alaska Adventure

  • Begin in Anchorage

  • City Overview

    and Orientation

  • Native Alaska Heritage Center

    Alaska’s diverse

    native cultures

Anchorage to Talkeetna

  • Overnight at frontier outpost of Talkeetna, gateway to Denali and expeditions to the Alaska range

  • Iditarod headquarters tour

Denali National Park

  • Tundra Wildlife Viewing

  • Spotting of Alaska’s “Big Five” animals

  • Naturalist programs on tundra ecosystem, wildlife and habitats

  • Viewing of 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley (Denali)

  • History and Ecology of Region

To Anchorage via Rail

  • Afternoon/evening transfer via Alaska Railroad with dinner onboard

Anchorage to Seward

  • Spectacular Chugach National Forest

  • Historic Seward

  • Alaska SeaLife Center on Resurrection Bay

Seward to Kenai Fjords Natl Park

  • Glacier Cruise-naturalist led program on glaciers and Alaska’s ocean environments-viewing of humpback whales, orcas, porpoises

Kenai Natl Park Glacier Cruise

Calving Tidewater Glaciers Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward to Anchorage

  • Hike to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park to touch ancient glacial ice

  • Discussion of climate change, global issues

Portage Glacier and icebergs

America’s last great frontierAlaska Adventure 2009

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