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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.
Meals: 27 total, 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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

Additional nights after: 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.

Check out time: 11:00 AM
Deadhorse Camp: Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse, 1 nights
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.

Toolik Lake Field Station: Toolik Lake, 1 nights
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.

Slate Creek Inn: Coldfoot, Alaska, 1 nights
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.

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

Additional nights after: 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.

Check out time: 11:00 AM
Denali Grizzly Bear Resort: Denali National Park area, Alaska, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel located in a wooded area on the banks of the Nenana River right outside the southern boundary of Denali National Park

Contact info:
Mile 231.1 Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2696
web: www.denaligrizzlybear.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished with in-room coffee, WiFi, cable TV, hair dryers, two double beds, full bathroom, and alarm clocks. ADA approved handicap accessible room

Facility amenities: Small store on premises

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

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

Additional nights after: 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.

Check out time: 11:00 AM


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
1 Flights during the program

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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