Alaska

 

Destination – Alaska

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers an exciting and unique Alaska student travel experience. Take in the flora and fauna of this diverse state while exploring glaciers and learning about the effects of climate change.

Travelers can also:

  • Embark on a wildlife glacier cruise into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. Look for the abundant wildlife, including whales, sea otters, endangered Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, and colonies of nesting sea birds
  • Explore the effects of climate change on the environment through guided treks in the Matanuska Glacier Valley, Chugach State Park and Kenai Fjords National Wildlife Reserve
  • Discover the history and tradition of the Iditarod sled dog race through an interactive workshop with a former Iditarod champion

Summary

On March of 1867 the US purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire for 7.2 million dollars at a cost of approximately two cents per acre. Shortly thereafter a massive gold rush brought thousands of settlers to the region.  It wasn’t until January of 1959 that Alaska received its statehood, but today more than 740 thousand American’s call Alaska home.

Currently, Alaska’s economy is powered by its wealth of natural resources with 80% of the state’s revenues derived from petroleum extraction. This is often in direct conflict with preserving the state’s wildlife, glaciers, and battling the effects of climate change. As an educational travel destination Alaska offers something for everyone with a multitude of outdoor adventure options with unsurpassed access to engaging environmental sciences content.

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Adventure and Science in Alaska

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Day 1: The Journey Begins!

All Day: Depart from your home gateway for Alaska!  Arrive, meet your Expedition Leader, and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Morning

  • Travel south on the scenic Seward Highway (a USDA National Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All American Road) along the Turnagain Arm to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula. We’ll stop at the Byron Glacier along the way and begin conversations about how climate change is affecting this region.  

Afternoon

  • Various activities exploring native culture in Alaska and connections to Climate Change. 
  • Overnight in Seward

Day 3: Wildlife Glacier Cruise

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Wildlife Glacier Cruise – Today you will embark on a full-day wildlife glacier cruise into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. Look for the abundant wildlife, including whales, sea otters, endangered Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, and colonies of nesting sea birds
  • On the way, visit an active tidewater glacier and watch and listen for falling ice.

Evening

  • Dinner followed by a Group Reflection Activity

Day 4: Sea Kayaking and Iditarod

Morning

  • Morning Sea Kayak excursion in Resurrection Bay.

Afternoon

  • Dog sledding with former Iditarod champion

Evening

  • Spend a couple of hours walking around Seward
  • Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, the only permanent marine mammal rehab center in the state!

Day 5: Matanuska Glacier

Morning

  • Depart Seward, travel north to Matanuska Glacier 

Afternoon

  • This afternoon we’ll embark on a Glacier trek on the Matanuska Glacier. This guided glacier hike offers an up-close encounter with these awesome ice formations.

Evening

  • Dinner as a group and free time before going to bed (camping)

Day 6: Ice Climbing

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Spend the day ice climbing on the glacier

Evening

  • Dinner as a group and free time before going to bed (camping)

Day 7: Glacier Hike

Morning

  • Morning hike on the glacier

Afternoon/ Evening

  • Dinner and group reflection activity

Day 8: Eagle River Nature Center and Cultural Exchange

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Transfer to Palmer stopping at the Eagle River Nature Center for a scenic 3-mile walk
  • Time permitting, engage in cultural exchange activities at the Nature Center
  • Then, visit a musk ox farm for a unique look into the local culture on the way to Palmer

Evening

  • Dinner and Closing ceremony

Day 9: Homeward Bound

Reflect on your amazing journey as you travel home!

Day 10: Return home

Morning/Afternoon: Arrive in London and transfer to your connecting flight. Arrive home inspired and forever changed by your educational journey to South Africa.

Evening Location:

Inflight

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust