Alaska Outdoor Educator: Backpacking and Sea Kayaking

Credit: Tracy Baynes

Alaska Outdoor Educator: Backpacking and Sea Kayaking

If you're a practicing or aspiring outdoor educator, you know that learning to lead groups in two different skill areas is a professional advantage. This course will prepare you to do just that, giving you the chance to learn how to lead on land and sea. Your classroom for the sea kayaking section is Prince William Sound, with its plentiful wildlife and booming tidewater glaciers. Using either Whittier or Valdez as a starting point, you'll learn how to glide along the coast in a sea kayak and have a chance to practice your teaching skills in some of the most beautiful parts of the Sound. For the backpacking portion of the course, you'll be in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Talkeetna Mountains, or the Kenai Mountains. In this land of tundra and rocky passes, you'll work with your instructors to learn skills such as risk management, ration planning, and program supervision. By the end of this expedition, you'll be better equipped to teach, lead, and explore, whether in a boat or on foot.



2018 Dates

July 18 – Aug. 16, 2018

Tuition: $4,775


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Equipment Deposit
30 days
Minimum Age
21 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Environmental Studies
  • 2 Risk Assessment
  • 2 Outdoor Educator

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Palmer, Alaska
Fly in/out
Anchorage, Alaska
Skills learned


Sea Kayaking