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Fiddling Under the Northern Lights: Culture and Science in Alaska

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Francisco from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 11/04/14 - 11/14/14
The program was a delight and I enjoyed it thoroughly especially the food which was above and beyond the usual Road Scholar fare. Kathleen Leitgeb is an exceptionally good group leader willing to go the extra mile to make your experience more enjoyable. The Northern Lights were OK but didn't live up to the hype. What you see in photos is not what you get. The human eye is woefully inadequate compared to the pictures and what the camera can capture. We only saw the lights 3 of 10 nights and on 2 occasions they were brief, difficult to discern, and unimpressive. Is it a cloud or the lights? one could ask. The one good viewing lasted a long time with floating arches, rods, and curtains but all in white. My wife's photos were much more spectacular with green, red and blue multi-hued lights, larger and much more spectacular than I could see with the naked eye. I found it hard to believe they were representations of what I saw. Best of all were the three native Alaskan elders who spoke to us about their daily lives and what it is to be an Alaskan Indian in today's world. These talks were priceless!

Antoinette from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 11/04/14 - 11/14/14
If you are looking for an all-inclusive program, great location, great education, great instructors, and a fabulous leader this is it. You will definitely feel you have learned what it is like to live in Alaska!

Robin from Imperial Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/05/13 - 11/15/13
We learned so much more than we expected: Northern lights, Athabascan Elder presentations, trapping in Alaska, animals, Dog sledding and the passion of Alaskans for their state. The Northern lights were amazing and the photos even more so and Chena Hot Springs is a magical place to be in the winter.

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