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Sitka, Alaska's Raptor and Marine Science Centers

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Program #19662RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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Itinerary for May 12 — May 18, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Totem Square Inn is located on the historic Sitka waterfront, where schooners docked two centuries ago. As the only Native-owned Sitka, Alaska hotel, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn blends timeless traditions with modern amenities. It is located in Sitka's historic district, a short walk to all the attractions.

Contact info:
201 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 866-300-1353
web: www.totemsquareinn.com

Room amenities: The Inn has 68 comfortable rooms. Every room has high speed Internet access, cable TV, a radio alarm clock, writing table, coffee maker, hair dryer, and voice mail. All guestrooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle; wireless Internet access (WiFi); Business Center with two workstations, printer, copier and fax services; exercise facility; guest laundry on first floor (laundry soap and fabric softener are available for purchase at the gift shop in the lobby); snack center with a microwave, single use dishes and utensils provided free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Summer is a busy time of the year so reservations need to be made far in advance if you plan to arrive early or stay after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Sitka arrival and meet the group
Arrive To: Independent arrivals to Sitka.

The group gather in the meeting space of the Totem Square Inn for program registration followed by dinner and orientation.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel meeting space.

Lodging: Totem Square Inn

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Totem Square Inn is located on the historic Sitka waterfront, where schooners docked two centuries ago. As the only Native-owned Sitka, Alaska hotel, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn blends timeless traditions with modern amenities. It is located in Sitka's historic district, a short walk to all the attractions.

Contact info:
201 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 866-300-1353
web: www.totemsquareinn.com

Room amenities: The Inn has 68 comfortable rooms. Every room has high speed Internet access, cable TV, a radio alarm clock, writing table, coffee maker, hair dryer, and voice mail. All guestrooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle; wireless Internet access (WiFi); Business Center with two workstations, printer, copier and fax services; exercise facility; guest laundry on first floor (laundry soap and fabric softener are available for purchase at the gift shop in the lobby); snack center with a microwave, single use dishes and utensils provided free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Summer is a busy time of the year so reservations need to be made far in advance if you plan to arrive early or stay after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Meet the staff at the Sitka Sound Science Center ...
Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Receive an introduction to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the director of the center. You will meet with the center's staff, have a project orientation and tour the facility. Then the center will offer a a talk on bear safety and bear natrual history.

Lunch: The lunch will be on site and will range from homemade soups to make it yourself sandwich bar with delicious cookies to give you the energy to keep on working!

Afternoon: The afternoon will be spent on tasks as assigned. Tasks can be as simple as painting, outdoor yard clean up or more detailed such as helping in the hatchery with fish tagging or helping in the Aquarium on site.

The Sitka Sound Science Center is uniquely qualified to provide unparalleled access for research and education programs in the Gulf of Alaska, Eastern Pacific Ocean, and North American Coastal Temperate Rainforests. The Science Center builds upon Sitka’s legacy as a research and educational community. Sitka has a maritime tradition and commercial, charter, sport, and subsistence fishing all still play vital roles in the economy and culture of our community. Your help in keeping this facility in good shape will go far in continuing this facilities important role.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: After dinner is free time to take advantage of the long evenings. It is light until well after 10 pm

Lodging: Totem Square Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Totem Square Inn is located on the historic Sitka waterfront, where schooners docked two centuries ago. As the only Native-owned Sitka, Alaska hotel, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn blends timeless traditions with modern amenities. It is located in Sitka's historic district, a short walk to all the attractions.

Contact info:
201 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 866-300-1353
web: www.totemsquareinn.com

Room amenities: The Inn has 68 comfortable rooms. Every room has high speed Internet access, cable TV, a radio alarm clock, writing table, coffee maker, hair dryer, and voice mail. All guestrooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle; wireless Internet access (WiFi); Business Center with two workstations, printer, copier and fax services; exercise facility; guest laundry on first floor (laundry soap and fabric softener are available for purchase at the gift shop in the lobby); snack center with a microwave, single use dishes and utensils provided free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Summer is a busy time of the year so reservations need to be made far in advance if you plan to arrive early or stay after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Aquaculture, totems and work galore!
Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: The group will bus to the science center for a class on the introduction to commercial fishing, and Aquaculture followed by a walk to the National Historic Park in Sitka.

The park preserves the site of a watershed battle between invading Russian traders and the local Tlingit population. The park offers a chance to see Tlingit and Haida totem poles and the restored Russian Bishop’s House which tells the story of Russia’s little known colonial legacy in North America.

Lunch: Catered lunches will range from soups to wraps

Afternoon: After lunch tasks will be assigned at the Sitka Science Center or its partner on the campus: the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Sitka Fine Arts Camp provides youth with the opportunity to develop artistic interests and skills from nationally-recognized instructors in visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing, and Alaska Native Arts. Tasks may include helping with the upkeep of the buildings or work on the campus grounds. Your help will support this important mission of continuing the arts based education of students from all over the country. Free time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or location to be determined.

Evening: Free time to enjoy what Sitka has to offer.

Lodging: Totem Square Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Totem Square Inn is located on the historic Sitka waterfront, where schooners docked two centuries ago. As the only Native-owned Sitka, Alaska hotel, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn blends timeless traditions with modern amenities. It is located in Sitka's historic district, a short walk to all the attractions.

Contact info:
201 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 866-300-1353
web: www.totemsquareinn.com

Room amenities: The Inn has 68 comfortable rooms. Every room has high speed Internet access, cable TV, a radio alarm clock, writing table, coffee maker, hair dryer, and voice mail. All guestrooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle; wireless Internet access (WiFi); Business Center with two workstations, printer, copier and fax services; exercise facility; guest laundry on first floor (laundry soap and fabric softener are available for purchase at the gift shop in the lobby); snack center with a microwave, single use dishes and utensils provided free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Summer is a busy time of the year so reservations need to be made far in advance if you plan to arrive early or stay after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Cleaning mews--what are mews?
Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Today will be our day at the Sitka Raptor Center. After a behind the scenes tour of the facility, the group will attend a Birds of Prey presentation.

Each year, the Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Their goal is to release these birds back into the wild; some, however, are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild even after rehabilitation. These birds may join their Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for more than 36,000 annual visitors and 15,000 schoolchildren around the country.

Your help in getting the facility ready for the summer visitor's season will help to make the education of the public continue. Tasks may include painting, cage cleaning, outdoor plant cleanup or labeling (weather dependent).

Lunch: Lunch provided at the science center.

Afternoon: We will divide into two groups with group 1 working on Raptor Center projects. These jobs will be assigned based on the needs of the center. Volunteers at the center contribute by cleaning the mews to helping out in the business office and maintaining the Center's facilities. Group 2 will return to the Fine Arts Camp to continue with projects at that location.

Dinner: Free time and dinner on your own. Suggestions will be offered by your group leader.

Lodging: Totem Square Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: Totem Square Inn is located on the historic Sitka waterfront, where schooners docked two centuries ago. As the only Native-owned Sitka, Alaska hotel, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn blends timeless traditions with modern amenities. It is located in Sitka's historic district, a short walk to all the attractions.

Contact info:
201 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 866-300-1353
web: www.totemsquareinn.com

Room amenities: The Inn has 68 comfortable rooms. Every room has high speed Internet access, cable TV, a radio alarm clock, writing table, coffee maker, hair dryer, and voice mail. All guestrooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle; wireless Internet access (WiFi); Business Center with two workstations, printer, copier and fax services; exercise facility; guest laundry on first floor (laundry soap and fabric softener are available for purchase at the gift shop in the lobby); snack center with a microwave, single use dishes and utensils provided free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Summer is a busy time of the year so reservations need to be made far in advance if you plan to arrive early or stay after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Wildlife Quest and sprucing up amidst the Sitka S...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a wildlife cruise with a marine mammal biologist to learn about the workings of this remarkable ecosystem. View an incredible number of nesting pelagic birds such as the puffin as well as birds of prey. Our on-board instructor will provide information as we go and answer any questions. The waters in the area contain many marine mammal species such as whales, sea otters, and sea lions. This is a 2 hr. trip.

Lunch: Lunch on the science center campus.

Afternoon: Group 2 will work on Raptor Center projects. These jobs will be assigned based on the needs of the center. Volunteers at the center contribute by cleaning the mews to helping out in the business office and maintaining the Center's facilities. Group 1 will join staff at the Fine Arts Camp to help with projects at that location.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy some time on your own to explore Sitka.

Lodging: Totem Square Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Totem Square Inn is located on the historic Sitka waterfront, where schooners docked two centuries ago. As the only Native-owned Sitka, Alaska hotel, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn blends timeless traditions with modern amenities. It is located in Sitka's historic district, a short walk to all the attractions.

Contact info:
201 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 866-300-1353
web: www.totemsquareinn.com

Room amenities: The Inn has 68 comfortable rooms. Every room has high speed Internet access, cable TV, a radio alarm clock, writing table, coffee maker, hair dryer, and voice mail. All guestrooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle; wireless Internet access (WiFi); Business Center with two workstations, printer, copier and fax services; exercise facility; guest laundry on first floor (laundry soap and fabric softener are available for purchase at the gift shop in the lobby); snack center with a microwave, single use dishes and utensils provided free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Summer is a busy time of the year so reservations need to be made far in advance if you plan to arrive early or stay after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 17 - More work to do plus artists, too!
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: A full morning of work to finish our week's projects at the science center.

Lunch: Lunch provided at the science center.

Afternoon: Visit the Sheldon Jackson Museum with a presentation by a local native artist. Sitka is known for its native artistry from weaving to totem carving.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Totem Square Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, May 18 - Independent departures after breakfast.
Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: This morning we will depart at different times, going to different locations, but we will all be taking with us memories of our time in beautiful Sitka and our part in helping Sitka continue its legacy in research and education in both the field of Marine Science and with the majestic birds of prey.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sitka, AK
Charter fishingWorld class salmon and halibut fishing on a chartered boat with all gear provided. Non-resident fishing license may be purchased from captain. A list of charter operators can be found online.
For additional information, visit: www.sitka.com
Golf9 holes in a fantastic setting. Rentals available.
For additional information, visit: seamountaingolf.com
HikingThere are hiking trails easily accessed from downtown Sitka. Maps are available.
KayakingLocal rentals of sea kayaks and gear. They provide basic safety lessons and guides if needed.
For additional information, visit: www.ssoceanadventures.com
MuseumsThree museums are located in Sitka: Sitka National Historic Park (concentrating on the local Tlingit culture); Sitka Historical Museum (concentrating on Sitka after purchase) and Sheldon Jackson State Museum (concentrating on the native cultures of all Alaska).
For additional information, visit: www.museums.state.ak.us; www.sitkahistory.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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