Teacher Expeditions are designed to ensure teachers have all the tools needed to engage their students outdoors for years to come. Working with our classrooms outdoors can invigorate lessons, bringing abstract concepts to life and engaging children who may not be as engaged indoors. There are three main components to our courses:
- Time outdoors to reconnect and explore our own curiosity,
- Natural history science information to inform the lessons we teach,
- The soft skills to make teaching outdoors second nature.
2016 Teacher Expeditions
*Yikes! The Inian Islands Teacher Expedition is full!
- We usually take one or two participants from the waitlist. Add yourself by emailing email@example.com.
- In addition to the Cross Sound trip below, if there's enough interest we would love to offer a 5 day kayaking trip exploring the Chanel Islands and Berner’s Bay area just north of Juneau - most likely in July. If you’re interested in such a trip, please submit your contact information here to be notified if and when we can offer such a trip.
Crossroads in Cross Sound: Nature as an intersection of People and Place
June 12-16, 2016, Inian Island Institute at the Hobbit Hole in Cross Sound. Made possible through generous support from Alaska Glacier Seafoods. We are currently only accepting Alaska educators.
In one of the most stunning locations imaginable, Crossroads in Cross Sound explores the interaction of humans in the natural world and how we teach that to our classrooms. Teachers come away feeling a deeper connection with nature, possessing tools for working with students outdoors, and better-understanding the natural history of Southeast forests, marine environments, and even global climate change.
June 12, 2016 we’ll depart Juneau via boat for a breath-taking morning trip around the northern tip of Admiralty Island, through Icy Strait, past Glacier Bay to Cross Sound. Our class is hosted by the Inian Islands Institute, at the well-known Hobbit Hole lodge. We will camp in wall tents or out buildings, but there’s also an option to reserve space at the Hobbit Hole for those interested.
We’ll be on a wilderness island, in one of the most powerful, active waterways in southeast, sandwiched between Glacier Bay National Park and the wilderness of the major Tongass islands. During our five days (four nights) at Inian Islands, Discovery Southeast Naturalists and guest instructors will lead hands-on classes exploring natural and cultural history, and there will be plenty of open time for reflection and exploration. Teachers seeking credit will have the opportunity to develop lesson plans for their classrooms. We’ll return to Juneau by boat on the 16th.
Teachers should be in appropriate physical shape both to stay at an area away from medical facilities, and to take part in full-days outdoors exploring by foot. We’ll generally be walking with day-packs in somewhat rugged areas–usually without a trail.
The cost is deeply subsidized thanks to Discovery Southeast member donations and support from Alaska Glacier Seafoods. The $750 tuition includes most everything: transportation, instruction, meals at the Hobbit Hole, and camping accommodations in a wall tent. If you prefer a bed in a double occupancy room, it’s available for an additional $200. Teachers seeking the 3 continuing education credits will also need to pay University of Alaska Southeast’s $75 registration fee.
Cancellations and Weather:
We ask that participants keep their schedules open at least one day before and two days after the trip. This allows for flexibility in the event that weather affects our transportation. Although unlikely, if we were to completely cancel the trip for severe weather, we would provide a full refund, plus priority registration on any other trip we offer and a $50 discount.
If, on the other hand, you cancel at least 60 days before the trip starts, we’ll refund your tuition minus a $50 processing fee. If you cancel less than 60 days before the trip starts, we’ll refund the cost minus a $50 processing fee only if we can fill your spot on the trip.
Risk Acknowledgement and Liability Waiver:
Before registering, please make sure you’re comfortable with our risk acknowlegement and liability waivers here. You’ll be asked to sign these before the course begins. It is your decision now whether to enroll and accept the risks of this program.
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