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Program #1015RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Only crossing Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range with a stop for a lovely view. Atigun is at 4800 feet.

Equipment Requirements
For the one overnight at the Toolik Lake Field Station, you need to have a sleeping bag. We can provide a sleeping bag for you or you may bring your own. You also need a towel and wash cloth, but we are able to provide those also if you prefer not to pack them. In order to access the Arctic Ocean, participants must have some kind of eye protection. Regular glasses or sunglasses are acceptable.

Itinerary for Jul 12 — Jul 22, 2014

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Type: Other

Description: Check in at SAC in coordinator's room at noon, but participant rooms will not be ready for occupancy until after 3 pm. Luggage may be left with coordinator until then. The Student Apartment Complex (SAC) is a condo type two story apartment, not a dorm room. The kitchen, dining area and living room are downstairs. Living room has couch and chairs. There are two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. Four people share a unit. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared with one or two other people in the unit. All units require climbing one flight of stairs, some require two.

Contact info:
Upper Campus
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775 USA
phone: 907-474-6769
web: www.uaf.edu

Room amenities: Refrigerators, microwave and telephone in each apartment. Small coffee pot, coordinator will give you coffee supplies. No television in apartments but TV may be watched in coordinator's living room. No elevators in units.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool and recreation center with weight lifting apparatus and running/walking area on lower campus. $7 per day for use. ATMs in dining hall. Sundries and snacks may be purchased in campus book store and dining hall. Free laundry in housing unit. 24 hour computer access in nearby dorm. Campus dining outside of program meals not always available--try to have lunch before you arrive on campus on your first day. Some fast food restaurants nearby, but it's a bit of a hike.

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

Bathroom: Two bedroom suites, up to four people share a full bathroom. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared by one or two other people in the unit.

Additional nights before: About $50 per room per night
Call the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Housing at 907-474-6769 and check availability. Housing in regular dorm rooms bathroom/shower down the hall. SAC only available for Road Scholar Program use. Dorms with more than two floors have elevators.


Day One: Saturday, July 12 - Registration/Orientation
Arrive To: Registration at coordinator's apartment starts at noon. Participant rooms available after 3 PM. Luggage may be left in coordinator's apartment between noon and 3 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at 5 PM in campus dining hall.

Evening: Orientation after dinner.

Lodging: Cutler Student Apartment Complex (SAC) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Check in at SAC in coordinator's room at noon, but participant rooms will not be ready for occupancy until after 3 pm. Luggage may be left with coordinator until then. The Student Apartment Complex (SAC) is a condo type two story apartment, not a dorm room. The kitchen, dining area and living room are downstairs. Living room has couch and chairs. There are two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. Four people share a unit. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared with one or two other people in the unit. All units require climbing one flight of stairs, some require two.

Contact info:
Upper Campus
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775 USA
phone: 907-474-6769
web: www.uaf.edu

Room amenities: Refrigerators, microwave and telephone in each apartment. Small coffee pot, coordinator will give you coffee supplies. No television in apartments but TV may be watched in coordinator's living room. No elevators in units.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool and recreation center with weight lifting apparatus and running/walking area on lower campus. $7 per day for use. ATMs in dining hall. Sundries and snacks may be purchased in campus book store and dining hall. Free laundry in housing unit. 24 hour computer access in nearby dorm. Campus dining outside of program meals not always available--try to have lunch before you arrive on campus on your first day. Some fast food restaurants nearby, but it's a bit of a hike.

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

Bathroom: Two bedroom suites, up to four people share a full bathroom. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared by one or two other people in the unit.

Additional nights before: About $50 per room per night
Call the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Housing at 907-474-6769 and check availability. Housing in regular dorm rooms bathroom/shower down the hall. SAC only available for Road Scholar Program use. Dorms with more than two floors have elevators.


Day Two: Sunday, July 13 - Field trip to Museum of the North/Field trip to L...
Field trip to Museum of the North/Field trip to Large Animal Research Station

Breakfast:

Morning: Class: History of Fairbanks. Field trip to the University of Alaska museum of the North.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Class: Broad overview of Native Nations of Alaska with emphasis on Indigenous Northern Peoples and their adaptations to the Arctic/Sub-Arctic. Field trip to the Large Animal Research Station, a branch of the Institute of Arctic Biology. Researchers and/or guides will lecture on the large ungulate mammals of the North-musk-oxen, caribou and reindeer, that live at the station.

Dinner: Dinner

Lodging: Cutler Student Apartment Complex (SAC) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: We are staying in a contractor's field camp at Prudhoe, giving us a unique opportunity to experience the "industrial heritage" of this section of the Arctic Ocean The Deadhorse camp has a permanent building, called the Base Camp Building. This building has a kitchen and dining room where we will eat. It also has two bathroom facilities one for women and one for men, that are shared among all workers and guests. The bathrooms have commodes and shower stalls. These bathrooms are the only bathrooms in camp. IMPORTANT NOTE: Both bathrooms are on the second floor of the base camp, accessed by a staircase only. There is no elevator. Our bedrooms are in the Seismic Explorer Wing. These are small modular one room units that are parked about 100 yards from the base camp building. They are sleeping quarters only and do not have bathrooms in them. But don't forget-the endless summer daylight means you don't have to worry about carrying a flashlight even if you need to go to the other building to use the facilities in the wee hours of the morning. That building and the bathrooms are accessible 24 hours a day. These rooms are actually winter housing for workers at Prudhoe. They are on skids and can be hooked together to make up a work train that is pulled by a large tracked vehicle, called a snow cat, over ice roads that the oil companies rebuild every year. Winter work in Prudhoe is mostly exploration and some maintenance. It is actually very rare that "civilians" get to experience staying in a work camp in workers' quarters on an operating oil field.

Contact info:
Mile 415 Dalton Highway
Prudhoe Bay, AK 99734 USA
phone: 907-659-3088
web: deadhorsecamp.com

Room amenities: Very simple, very basic accommodations. Each room has three beds, one twin bed and a bunk bed. We will only have two people in each room or one single person, if they have elected to pay the extra program fee for a single room. No phones, no televisions nor alarm clocks. These rooms are small but we we are only in them for one night. IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no bathrooms in the rooms-the bathrooms are in the base camp building about 100 yards away. But don't forget-the endless summer daylight means you don't have to worry about carrying a flashlight if you need to go to the other building to use the facilities at night. That building and the bathrooms are accessible 24 hours a day.

Facility amenities: Dining room. Conference room with cable TV and large plasma television. Bathrooms in main base camp building only. There are office phones that may be used in an emergency only. Some cell phone carriers do work in Prudhoe. No internet access. Outdoor shoes/boots must be removed when inside the base camp building.

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

Bathroom: No bathrooms in the rooms. They are in a building about 100 yards away. Separate facilities for women and men. IMPORTANT NOTE: Both bathrooms are on the second floor and are accessed by a staircase only. There is no elevator.


Day Three: Monday, July 14 - Flight to Prudhoe Bay/Tour of the Prudhoe Bay oil...
Note: Flight to Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean

Breakfast:

Morning: Details on our flight to Prudhoe will be finalized shortly before our program starts. The time frame for taking off is anywhere from about 6:00am to 9:00am. The schedule depends upon transportation needs and requests that our arctic vendor has to schedule for us and their other customers. We expect to be in Prudhoe in time for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Arrive at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. Called the North Slope because it is a vast plain that slopes "down" to the north; its rivers empty into the Arctic Ocean. We fly in small airplanes, from four seaters up to 8 seat planes. The planes we use depend upon the load we have to carry. The flight takes about 2 hours and if the weather is clear, we fly low enough to see the land we will spend the next three days driving over.

Dinner:

Evening: Take a guided bus tour of the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and then stand on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Optional dip in the ocean. (NOTE: THIS SEGMENT IS DEPENDENT UPON THE U.S. TERROR LEVEL WARNING IN PLACE AT THE TIME OF OUR TRIP.) Spend the night in Deadhorse, the small private "community" in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields that consists of two hotels, one store, and one post office.

Lodging: Deadhorse Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: The field station is in a very remote area in a beautiful setting in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range. Breathtaking scenery. This is a rare opportunity to live in a researcher's camp while research is ongoing. Learn first hand about the logistics of supporting scientists and their work in such an isolated corner of the world.

Contact info:
Mile 300 Dalton Highway
Toolik Lake, AK 99775-7000 USA
phone: 907-474-7641
web: www.uaf.edu/toolik/

Room amenities: A bed. Electricity. Wastebasket. Sometimes a table. No bureaus or closets.

Facility amenities: Housing in large quonset huts with beds and platform floors. Four to eight people per hut possible, but so far on all trips, we have been able to house four people in the smaller quonset huts which are divided into two "rooms" by a fixed curtain so that each section has only two people staying in it. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THIS VARIATION. Participants must provide their own sleeping bag/bed rolls, towels and wash clothes. (Sleeping bags may be rented in Fairbanks and we are able to provide towels and wash clothes for you to take to the Arctic if you would rather not pack them.) Permanent structure outhouses. Wash up pavilions with sinks and showers. The camp is VERY careful with its water use-since we are there only one night, it would be courteous of us to not take a shower. Phone available in camp. Cell phones do not usually get a signal.

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

Bathroom: Wash up pavilion used by all residents of the camp.


Day Four: Tuesday, July 15 - Drive south on the Dalton Highway to the Universi...
Drive south on the Dalton Highway to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Toolik Field Station

Breakfast:

Morning: Drive south on the Dalton Highway, which was built to enable construction of the pipeline in the 1970's. Today it is the access road for the pipeline maintenance camps and Prudhoe Bay. Learn about the technology and engineering of the pipeline and get some close up pictures of it. Commentary in the van by very experienced guides. Topics include the surrounding ecosystems, topography, history, geology, land use, the indigenous people of the area, etc.

Lunch: Picnic sack lunch on the road

Afternoon: Continue drive. Arrive at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Toolik Field Station.

Dinner: Dinner in camp dining hall

Lodging: Toolik Lake Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Coldfoot Alaska is not much more than a wide spot in the road, a small oasis of basic accommodations in the remote Arctic wilderness. Located in the Brooks Range in a gorgeous setting. We are staying at Slate Creek Inn, in small rooms that are clean and neat but extremely rustic by urban standards. The rooms have two single beds. We will try to get rooms with private baths, but this is not always possible if those rooms fill up before we get there. (We are guaranteed rooms, just not those rooms.) We may be housed in rooms without bathrooms, with showers and commodes down the hall located in separate men’s and women's bathrooms that are shared among guests on each floor. The dining hall is across a gravel road from the motel. Van transportation between buildings available if requested.

Contact info:
None
Coldfoot, AK 99701 USA
phone: 907-678-5201
web: www.coldfootcamp.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: Very small rooms, no television, no alarm clocks. If we get rooms with private bathrooms, they have a commode and shower. Expect to live out of your suitcase.

Facility amenities: Telephones in restaurant across the road.

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

Bathroom: We usually get rooms with private baths, but this is not always possible if motel is full. We may be housed in rooms without bathrooms, with showers and commodes down the hall located in separate men’s and women's bathrooms that are shared among guests.


Day Five: Wednesday, July 16 - Tour of Toolik field station and hike on the tund...
Tour of Toolik field station and hike on the tundra/Continue drive south to Coldfoot through the magnificent Brooks Range/Evening lecture from Gates of the Arctic National Park Ranger

Breakfast:

Morning: Tour of the Toolik facility with information on ongoing research, collection strategies and methodology. Take a short walk on the Arctic tundra with knowledgeable guides who will identify animals, flowers, trees, geologic formations, etc.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue south on the Dalton. Drive the boundary area between Gates of the Arctic National Park and The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Politicians refer to The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as "ANWR" when they battle over whether to open this area for oil exploration or to leave it as undisturbed wilderness.) The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lies about 1/2 mile east of the highway and Gates of the Arctic lies about 3 miles west. Summit the magnificent Brooks Range as you drive through spectacular Atigun Pass. Continue to Coldfoot.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Field trip to Gates of the Arctic National Park Headquarters in Coldfoot for an evening lecture from a park ranger on the flora and fauna of the park.

Lodging: Slate Creek Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Check in at SAC in coordinator's room at noon, but participant rooms will not be ready for occupancy until after 3 pm. Luggage may be left with coordinator until then. The Student Apartment Complex (SAC) is a condo type two story apartment, not a dorm room. The kitchen, dining area and living room are downstairs. Living room has couch and chairs. There are two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. Four people share a unit. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared with one or two other people in the unit. All units require climbing one flight of stairs, some require two.

Contact info:
Upper Campus
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775 USA
phone: 907-474-6769
web: www.uaf.edu

Room amenities: Refrigerators, microwave and telephone in each apartment. Small coffee pot, coordinator will give you coffee supplies. No television in apartments but TV may be watched in coordinator's living room. No elevators in units.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool and recreation center with weight lifting apparatus and running/walking area on lower campus. $7 per day for use. ATMs in dining hall. Sundries and snacks may be purchased in campus book store and dining hall. Free laundry in housing unit. 24 hour computer access in nearby dorm. Campus dining outside of program meals not always available--try to have lunch before you arrive on campus on your first day. Some fast food restaurants nearby, but it's a bit of a hike.

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

Bathroom: Two bedroom suites, up to four people share a full bathroom. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared by one or two other people in the unit.

Additional nights before: About $50 per room per night
Call the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Housing at 907-474-6769 and check availability. Housing in regular dorm rooms bathroom/shower down the hall. SAC only available for Road Scholar Program use. Dorms with more than two floors have elevators.


Day Six: Thursday, July 17 - Field trip to Wiseman/Continue drive south to Fai...
Breakfast:

Morning: Field trip to the former gold rush town of Wiseman, founded in the early 1900's. Wiseman had hundreds of residents in the early 20th century. Today it has a population of approximately 15 people. Visit with the locals who still live off the land and will discuss subsistence living in the Brooks Range with us.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue drive south to Fairbanks. Drive over the only bridge in Alaska that crosses the Yukon River. Stop on the north bank for a picnic lunch. Visit the Bureau of Land Managment visitor's center at the river. Cross the Arctic Circle and return to the Alaskan Interior. The Dalton Highway ends at Livengood about 70 miles north of Fairbanks where we switch to the Elliot Highway. The Elliot is one of the oldest highways in Alaska, built during the early 1900's to access the gold fields north of town. On the way back, we make a stop at a homestead/highway lodge and observe a small private gold mine visible from the road (just looking, no access). Arrive in Fairbanks.

Dinner: Dinner in coordinator's apartment

Lodging: Cutler Student Apartment Complex (SAC) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Check in at SAC in coordinator's room at noon, but participant rooms will not be ready for occupancy until after 3 pm. Luggage may be left with coordinator until then. The Student Apartment Complex (SAC) is a condo type two story apartment, not a dorm room. The kitchen, dining area and living room are downstairs. Living room has couch and chairs. There are two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. Four people share a unit. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared with one or two other people in the unit. All units require climbing one flight of stairs, some require two.

Contact info:
Upper Campus
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775 USA
phone: 907-474-6769
web: www.uaf.edu

Room amenities: Refrigerators, microwave and telephone in each apartment. Small coffee pot, coordinator will give you coffee supplies. No television in apartments but TV may be watched in coordinator's living room. No elevators in units.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool and recreation center with weight lifting apparatus and running/walking area on lower campus. $7 per day for use. ATMs in dining hall. Sundries and snacks may be purchased in campus book store and dining hall. Free laundry in housing unit. 24 hour computer access in nearby dorm. Campus dining outside of program meals not always available--try to have lunch before you arrive on campus on your first day. Some fast food restaurants nearby, but it's a bit of a hike.

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

Bathroom: Two bedroom suites, up to four people share a full bathroom. Single rooms apply only to bedroom, bathroom may still be shared by one or two other people in the unit.

Additional nights before: About $50 per room per night
Call the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Housing at 907-474-6769 and check availability. Housing in regular dorm rooms bathroom/shower down the hall. SAC only available for Road Scholar Program use. Dorms with more than two floors have elevators.


Day Seven: Friday, July 18 - Field trip to a dog musher's house and kennel/Fie...
Field trip to a dog musher's house and kennel/Field trip to Botanical Garden

Breakfast:

Morning: Free morning. Sleep in after our long return from the Arctic trip.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Dog mushing is Alaska's State Sport. Field trip to a dog musher's house and kennel. Learn about the ecology of the Arctic and the Alaskan Interior as seen from the back of a dog sled.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: The University of Alaska Fairbanks was founded in 1917 as the School of Mines and Agriculture. It still does research on plants that will not only survive but thrive in a sub-arctic region. The university has developed hardy grain stock and still seeds grain fields down the hill from the garden. Migrating birds use these fields as a food source and a resting place, most heavily in May and September on their way in and out of the state. The gardens include vegetables, flowers and a water garden. The vegetables are huge and the flowers are both huge and extremely colorful, due to the almost 24 hours of possible sunlight we get from mid-May into mid-August.

Lodging: Cutler Student Apartment Complex (SAC) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, July 19 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the coordinator's apartment, starting as early as necessary and lasting until about 10 AM. Check out is at 11 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
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