Field Courses
Explore Alaska’s Vast Ecosystems and Vibrant Cultures

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Explore Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges with expert instructors, and immerse yourself in the solitude of Alaska’s wilderness. Our small-group courses are led by some of Alaska’s best wildlife biologists, wildflower experts, published authors, and renowned artists. 

Field CampEvery landscape and topic is unique, so each course is custom-designed. Some are based at a rustic field camp, while others use charter boats, tents, or lodges for accommodations. Meals, lodging, equipment, and transportation are provided on most courses. 

These are active learning vacations. Participants must be in good physical condition and ready for some of the challenges of exploring Alaska. Hiking distance and physical fitness levels are described in greater detail for each course.

Field Courses Are For Teachers Too
Each year teachers to help Alaska Geographic connect youth with our amazing public lands. Come share methods, tools, and curriculum with other teachers. All courses provide 1-3 professional development credits from the University of Alaska. Scholarships are available for teachers attending courses in Denali National Park and Preserve. The
courses that are exclusively designed for teachers are noted with this symbol:Teacher icon 

Click here for 2015 Teacher Scholarship Information

2015 Alaska Geographic Field Courses

Learn to Packraft I!
Chugach National Forest
May 23 - 24

Learn to Packraft II!
Chugach National Forest
May 30 - 31

Birds of Wonder Lake (Lodge-based)
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 4 - 7

Wolf Ecology Packraft
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 8 - 10

Landscape Painting
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 11 - 14

Exploring Prince William Sound: Sea Kayaking CourseTeacher icon
Chugach National Forest
June 11-17

Wilderness Photography
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 15  - 17

High Country Wildflowers
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 19 - 21

High Country Wildflowers: A Closer Look
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 23 - 25

Birds of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 26 - 28

Climate Change: Seeing, Understanding, and TeachingTeacher icon
Denali National Park & Preserve
June 29 - July 2

Family Adventure Camp
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 3 - 6

Composing in the Wilderness
Denali & Yukon-Charley Rivers
July 8 - 21

Wildflowers of the Chugach
Chugach National Forest
July 11 - 12

Glacier Bay: Behind the Scenes (Lodge-based)
Glacier Bay National Park
Dates July 12-15

Denali Rocks: Geology by Packraft
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 17 - 19

Wolves of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 27 - 29

Glaciology: Backcountry Citizen Science
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 30 - August 3

Archaeology Citizen Science
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 4 - 6


Mushrooms of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 7 - 9

Bears of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 10 - 12

Women in the Wilderness: Skills, Safety & Stewardship
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 17 - 19

Autumn Odyssey
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 28 - 30

Wonder Wings: Denali Bird Migration (Lodge-based)
Denali National Park and Preserve
September 4 - 7


Additional Field Courses for educators offered by our partner, Discovery Southeast

Brown Bears of Admiralty Island: Pac Creek
Tongass National Forest
Roughly June 11-16 


Seals, Glaciers, and Change:  Kayaking the Wilderness of Endicott Arm
Tongass National Forest
Roughly June 22-28


The Juneau Ice Field from Above and Below
Tongass National Forest
Roughly July 11-16


Berners Bay and the Davies Creek Watershed
Tongass National Forest
Roughly July 26-31