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 Alaska Geographic relies on teachers to help with our mission - connecting youth with our amazing public lands. Come share methods, tools, and curriculum with other teachers from Alaska and nationwide. All field 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.

2015 Field Courses will be posted in December, and registration will open in early January.

2014 Alaska Geographic Field Courses

Birds of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
May 30 - June 1

Birds of Wonder Lake (Lodge-based)
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 5 - 8

High Country Wildflowers
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 9 - 11

High Country Wildflowers: A Closer Look
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 13 - 15

Packrafting Denali's Wilderness
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 16 - 18

Wilderness Photography
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 20 - 22

Landscape Painting
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 23 - 26

Denali's Alpine Wildlife
Denali National Park and Preserve
June 27 - 29

Composing in the Wilderness
Denali & Yukon-Charley Rivers
July 10 - 22

Wildflowers of the Chugach 
Chugach National Forest
July 12 - 13

Quakes, Slides, and Slumps: Geology and Geohazards in Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 18 - 20

Denali's Big Five: Large Mammals in the Park
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 21 - 23

Archaeology Citizen Science
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 24 - 27

Climate Change: Seeing, Understanding, and TeachingTeacher icon
Denali National Park & Preserve
July 28 - 31

Wolves of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 4 - 6

Glaciology: Backcountry Citizen Science
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 7 - 11

Mushrooms of Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 15 - 17

Women in the Wilderness: Skills, Safety & Stewardship
Denali National Park and Preserve
August 18 - 20

Wonder Wings: Denali Bird Migration (Lodge-based)
Denali National Park and Preserve
September 7 - 10

2014 Field Courses Operated by our partner, Discovery Southeast

Note: Registration opens 10:00 AM on Wednesday January 15th  

Exploring Prince William Sound: Teacher Sea Kayaking CourseTeacher icon
**FULL**   Chugach National Forest    June 10-16

Glaciers and Climate Change in Tracy Arm
Tongass National Forest
June 22-29

Whales of Icy Strait
Tongass National Forest
August 7-12