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Alaska: Exploration Under the
Midnight Sun

A Family Friendly Adventure
August 7 – 14, 2012

Join us in Alaska for a family friendly adventure. Explore many of Alaska's pristine wilderness areas on this comprehensive tour: explore the backcountry by foot during a guided trek through Chugach State Park; raft on the tranquil, turquoise waters of the Kenai River as we meander through the Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge; and encounter abundant marine wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers en route to our exclusive lodge destination within Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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August 7, 2012 Day 1: Ankorage

Plan to arrive in Alaska by at least the afternoon of the day your trip begins. Tonight, meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers for dinner and orientation. Dine at a well-known local restaurant for Alaskan infused cuisine and enjoy other local sights such as art galleries, shops and other Anchorage attractions. Overnight in Anchorage. (D)

(Included meals will be noted: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner; complimentary snacks & non-alcoholic beverages included each day).

August 8, 2012 Day 2: - Riverside Lodge

Bid farewell to the city of Anchorage and travel south along the majestic Turnagain Arm to the small mountain community of Girdwood. Today's adventure takes us through the northernmost rainforest areas of Alaska on a guided hike through a protected forest canopy. Upon reaching a local gorge, board a hand-tram for unique transport across Glacier Creek. After the hike, more amazing views can be captured as we ride the resort tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska for spectacular views of the seven surrounding glaciers. During the 8 minute tram ride, we'll gain more than 2000 feet of elevation, with a bird's eye view of winter ski routes and flower-covered valleys.

Late afternoon we will continue south to Kenai Riverside Lodge, situated in scenic Cooper Landing. Cooper Landing is surrounded by the forested, lower slopes and glacier covered summits of the Chugach National Forest, with local mountain peaks ranging in elevation from 4000 ft. to 10,000 ft. and higher.

Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy orientation and take in the amazing sights on the riverfront. Kenai Riverside Lodge features a large riverside deck with fire pit, self-guided nature paths, a wood-fired sauna and more! Appetizers and dinner are served in the main lodge this evening. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (B, L, D)

August 9, 2012 Day 3: - Riverside Lodge

After a hearty breakfast in the main lodge, our guides will outfit you in river gear for a full-day guided rafting adventure on the Kenai River. Explore the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge while your raft guide offers natural history interpretation and stories behind the sights. Scan for eagles and birds, salmon and trout swimming in the turquoise water and possibly moose or bears on the banks of the Kenai River.

A delicious pack lunch will be enjoyed on the banks of the Kenai River. This evening, retire to the main lodge for dinner and relaxing. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (B, L, D)

August 10, 2012 Day 4: - Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

From our departure point in the stunning seacoast town of Seward, board a small ship bound for Kenai Fjords National Park – home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A half-day marine wildlife cruise will allow us to explore the rugged coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a calving glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for exploring and views of the stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a lodge orientation and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. Overnight Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B, L, D)

August 11 – 12, 2012 Days 5 - 6: - Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Explore the wild delights of Kenai Fjords National Park for two full days. After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from a wide array of activities best suited to your energy level and interest. Guided options include naturalist walks, sea kayaking, group canoe paddles and more.

In the spirit of adventure and to take advantage of tidal and weather patterns, guides will discuss specific nature outings and options with our group this morning. All activities are suitable for beginners and require no previous experience.

For those seeking a more relaxed approach, the main lodge offers ideal comfort with direct views of nature. Curious sea otters and seals frequent the lagoon, just steps from the main lodge deck. In a nearby meadow, we can sometimes glimpse bears and other wildlife from a safe distance. Our natural history library offers amazing resources and interesting reads – cozy up with a good book and let your worries drift out with the tide!

Upon return to the main lodge, share stories from your day's adventure with other guests and join an evening natural history presentation, given by local expert guides or guest speakers. Overnight Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B, L, D)

August 13, 2012 Day 7: - Anchorage

This morning allows another opportunity to kayak, canoe or beachcomb for a half-day before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward. Board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour back to Anchorage. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner on the train. Overnight in Anchorage. (B, L, D)

August 14, 2012 Day 8: Travel home

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by airport shuttles. (B)

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Cost and Program Inclusions

Land Cost – Adult. . . . $4,350

Land Cost – Youth. . . . $3,890

Price is per person, double occupancy

Youth rate is ages 7 – 17

Single supplement. . . . $1,020


Cost includes all meals unless noted, all transportation as noted, all lodging as noted, park user fees, special guest lecturers, best of gear and equipment, all guided activities as noted, services of an AWA Trip Leader, all ground transfers (including airport shuttles) and luggage handling.


Soda, beer, wine, liquor, and gratuities to guides not included.

Airfare to and from Alaska not included; however, AWA will provide contact information for a local travel agency to assist guests with airfare logistics upon request.

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Study Leader

Don Barber
Associate Professor of Geology on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Policy, and Director of the J.A. Harris Program in Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College
Jamie Taylor, Ph.D.

Don Barber conducts research and teaches courses on recent and ongoing changes in earth system processes and environments. Using various geophysical, geochemical and computational techniques, Barber and his students study coastal sea-level rise in North Carolina, New Jersey and the Persian Gulf, and they also investigate the ocean's role in global climate change. Barber advocates a multi-disciplinary approach to society's environmental concerns, and he encourages students to develop off-campus collaborations with 'real-world' practitioners. Prof. Barber's own public outreach includes presentations on global climate change and other issues in venues including local network television, state and local government hearings, print-media interviews, and K-12 and adult education school programs.

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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge:

Alaska Wildland Adventures' new wilderness seacoast lodge, surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park, is the only lodge located within the park. From this spectacular setting on the shore of a protected lagoon in full view of Pedersen Glacier, wildlife viewing opportunities abound as do activity choices. The lodge and guest cabins reside within the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. Each comfortably appointed log cabin features a private bath and view of the lagoon. As at all Alaska Wilderness Adventure locations fine dining is a highlight at the lodge. Lodge activities include sea kayaking on protected waters (from short paddles to half-day trips), hiking (from interpretive walks to beach combing), group canoe explorations and more. Each day, choose the activities that match your interest and energy level. The lodge is a great place to explore and a prime setting for relaxing with a view. On the four to five hour boat journey to the lodge, it's common to see Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall's porpoises, humpback and/or orca whales, bald eagles, puffins and a myriad of other birdlife. At the lodge, wildlife opportunities abound. Keep a keen eye for harbor seals, sea and river otters, mountain goats, black bears, bald eagles and a multitude of birds. All-inclusive wilderness lodge packages range from two to four or more days. (At least three days are recommended to make the most of this pristine setting.) Daily access to the lodge is possible most every day of the summer!

For additional information on the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, please visit the link below:

Kenai Riverside Lodge

The home base for part of our adventure, the Kenai Riverside Lodge offers the perfect balance of unique accommodations, home-cooked meals, and an array of activities to choose from. Whether you choose to hike, raft, fish, attend naturalist programs, or stroll the nature trail by day, in the evening your most difficult decision will be whether to venture into the wood-fired sauna or to pour yourself into a rocking chair on the scenic deck overlooking the breathtaking Kenai River.

For sportfishing enthusiasts, Kenai Riverside Lodge is also host to our Kenai River Sportfishing Lodge. This program includes intensive sportfishing excitement for salmon, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden (using top of the line equiptment) and is led by some of the river's most experienced guides and using top of the line equipment.

For additional information on the lodge, please visit:

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