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“Scholarship Auction”

A Discovery Southeast Award Banquet & Auction isn’t complete without a scholarship auction!

Our programs have no financial barrier…unlimited partial or full scholarships are available for every family needing one.  It’s possible thanks to your generous support!

Unlike most auction items, here you choose the amount you want to donate, add it to your cart, then check out.


Banquet Tracks

2016 Auction Purchase

Thanks for supporting Discovery Southeast at the 2016 Banquet & Auction!


If you still need to check out, please enter your total below, along with any notes.  If you’d like us to mail or drop off your item, just let us know and provide an address.  Thanks!

2018 Award Banquet and Auction

***Online ticket sales are closed.  We have a few dozen tickets remaining, which will be available at the JACC shortly before 5PM doors opening.  We can’t wait to see you tonight!***

Join Discovery Southeast for our annual Award Banquet & Auction on Saturday, March 10th 2018 at the JACC. Doors open at 5:00, with dinner at 6 PM followed by a live and silent auction. The highlight, our 4th annual Discovery Award, recognizes Harborview teacher Jennifer Thompson for her support of outdoor education and hands-on science!

Our Taku Taco dinner features local salmon donated by Alaska Glacier Seafoods, and wine courtesy of K&L Distributing. (No-host bar).  Auction items include an (UnCruise) cruise for two to Baja, two tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and local favorites like nagoon berry liquor and rhubarb jam.

Taking a page from Jennifer’s book, we’ll accept gently used outdoor gear at the banquet, and use it in Discovery Southeast programs.  Specific needs include youth sizes of: rain jackets & pants, fleece tops and pants, gloves and mittens, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, youth packs (internal frame, 40-70L)

New this year: We’ll have a mix of cocktail tables and standard larger tables seating 10. Reserve  one of the larger tables via the “Super Supporter” ticket…We’ll have your table for 10 ready, along with two complimentary bottles of wine!

Thank you for supporting outstanding nature education for Southeast Alaskans!

30th Anniversary Award Banquet

–Our Banquet was Cancelled but the Auction is Online, click here!-

Dear Friends of Discovery Southeast,

For 30 years Discovery Southeast has created safe and engaging environments for kids, teachers, and families alike. In light of the expanding COVID-19 coronavirus, we’ve decided not to hold our annual Award Banquet & Auction as planned this Saturday.

Many of us are vulnerable to this disease, and it simply does not make sense to hold a community-building event that a large segment of our community cannot comfortably or safely attend. Further, this disease is serious and we do not want to take actions that put the health of Southeast Alaskans at risk.

Here’s what’s next:

  1. With tremendous enthusiasm and gratitude, but in a different format, we look forward to recognizing Gwenna Corvez, our 2020 Discovery Award recipient! Gwenna is a kindergarten teacher at Harborview Elementary dedicated to integrating outside learning as a part of her teaching practice. Congratulate and thank her next time you see her, and read more about Gwenna here.
  2. The auction portion of our program will go online soon, and we hope you’ll still consider bidding. Many generous businesses and families have donated auction items, and the funds raised from them are essential to Discovery Southeast programs, this year more than ever.
  3. In the coming days we’ll reach out to those who already purchased tickets for the event. You’ll have the option of a refund or rolling your purchase into a donation to cover the already-purchased event food, which will be donated to the Glory Hall.

We’re all in this together and want to take the long view—we’re celebrating 30 years of Discovery Southeast only because we’re looking forward to many more decades of hands-on nature education and meaningful connections for Southeast Alaska kids! Thank you for being the support that makes this possible.


Let’s celebrate 30 years of hands-on learning in nature! 

Auction items already donated include:

  • UnCruise trip for 2 to Hawaii
  • Alaska Airlines tickets
  • Alpacka Raft $500 gift certificate
  • Personally catered dinner for 6
  • ski waxing, 4 pair of skis
  • Art work/art cards


Additionally, to donate an item, service, or dessert for our auction please complete the auction item donation form here.  Three decades and counting!  It’s possible only with strong community support, thank you!


Common Birds of Southeast Alaska


Grab a pair of binoculars and head outside with this pocket Discovery Guide. With hand drawn illustrations, this guide clearly identifies most of the birds you’re apt to see in Southeast, from the belted kingfisher to the marbled murrelet.  And it’s laminated, in the off chance it rains.

Common Flowers of Southeast Alaska


Our laminated tri-fold pocket guide on Flowers gives you information to identify common Southeast Alaskan flowers, and can handle a rainstorm…like July.

Common Tracks Guide

From: $5.00

Tracking has been a core activity in Discovery programs for years.  This pocket guide provides tracking tips for common mammals and birds of Southeast, helping students, teachers, and budding naturalists read the signs of non-human inhabitants in the landscape.


Download here (2.3MB): PDF_Download
You can purchase a physical copy, or make a donation below.

Discovery Southeast Buff

From: $20.00

Celebrating 30 years of nature education, Discovery Southeast’s Buff highlights Southeast Alaska’s more subtle flora and fauna. It’s perfect for anyone who closely observe the world around us—particularly former students who took part in our programs in grade school!

It’s great as a neck warmer, face mask, head band, or hat, and was beautifully designed by Marms & Meeks.

There are 3 ways to purchase the Buff.

  1. Alumni (anyone who’s been a participant in a Discovery Southeast program) making at least a $25 donation receive it free!
  2. Regular purchase, $20
  3. Donations $65 and over receive it free

We originally intended this as an alumni gift—bringing together the tens of thousands who, as children, were part of Nature Studies or Outdoor Explorers.  That said, there’s demand for face coverings these days, and this Buff is pretty awesome so we hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for supporting and making possible outstanding nature and science education for Southeast Alaskans!


Intertidal Animals of Southeast Alaska


This laminated Discovery Guide helps you identify some commonly seen animals of Southeast Alaska’s rocky intertidal inside waters. It features an insightful layout, by tidepool depth.  And it’s laminated in case the tide rises too fast.  Go out and explore the tidepools!

Out Of Stock

Juneau Nature Seminars: Community and Teacher Classes

Weekend and evening classes open to the community and providing free professional development for teachers.  Instructors Richard Carstensen and Steve Merli address natural and cultural history with a focusing question  ‘why do we live here?’

Most seminars involve a weekend (both days) outdoors plus two weekday evening classroom sessions.  You may enroll in as many of the three seminars as you wish.

The three 2019 Seminars are:

  • March 2-3, 5-6:  History & geography of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní (land of Auk & Taku people).
  • May 30-June 2:  Landforms (geology) of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní: Year-2: Kaxdigoowu Héen (Montana Creek) & Eeyák’w (Amalga Harbor)
  • June 6-9: Habitats of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní: Year-2: Kaxdigoowu Héen (Montana Creek) & Eeyák’w (Amalga Harbor)

We recommend a $75 donation for members of the general public, and ask no fee of teachers or professional educators.  *Teachers seeking Ed 581 credit:  Each seminar provides 1 credit. To receive professional development education credit, you’ll register for the course with UAA, and will complete the seminar plus independent study and a final project. Upon successful completion, you may submit your UAA receipt to us for reimbursement!

If a course is full or “out of stock” please join our waitlist here.  We expect to take participants off the waitlist. 

Please see the full Description below for all the details!


Mendenhall Glacier Logo Bottle


Durable and stylish, perfect for your outdoor lifestyle! The insulated walls keep your hot drinks piping and your cold drinks refreshing.