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Into the Arctic Skies: Aurora and Astronomy in Churchill

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9 Days | 8 Nights
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. 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.
Virginia from North Platte, NE Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/10/15 - 03/18/15
This program expanded my understanding of our planet and how my choices affect the climate. It was an excellent new experience for me.

Pam from Elberton, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/10/15 - 02/18/15
Another bucket list item checked off! The Lights are unpredictable so having 5 nights is almost essential. We saw them 3 nights, with the last being the best even though we were in blizzard conditions. My camera could not pick them up so staying inside and observing from the cozy Aurora Dome was perfect! Great opportunity to learn about a whole other way of life.

Michael from Camarillo, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/10/15 - 02/18/15
This is a wonderful program and adventure. We saw the Aurora on 3 of the 5 nights but prospective attendees should know that they are not a colorful in person as they are on film. The folks in Churchill took good care of us and made sure we were prepared for the weather. Don't miss this if it's on your "bucket list."

DONNA from Millbrae, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/10/15 - 02/18/15
It surpassed all my dreams of this area.

Judy from Bethany Beach, DE Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/04/14 - 03/12/14
This program met many life’s dreams. We saw the Aurora Borealis on three of the five nights. You can be sure that if it’s out, they will make sure you see it no matter the time of night. There was a good mix of informative lectures and hands-on activities throughout the program. For example, there was a lecture on snow ecology one morning by Mike who is also the executive director of the science center. He is knowledgeable and has an excellent sense of humor. In the afternoon, we went outside and watched a demonstration of what he talked about in the morning. The dog sled ride, the snow mobile ride and snowshoeing were great fun. When considering this program, we were concerned about the sleeping arrangements but, at least at this time of year, they were able to give every couple their own room. We expected the typical quality of buffet-style food but were delighted to find truly top quality meals throughout our stay. Vegetarian offerings at each meal were excellent. We enjoyed the two days in Winnipeg because the museums were interesting and it gave us an opportunity to get to know the people in our group before moving on to Churchill. We’ll always appreciate the people we met who contributed to a wonderful program.

Linda from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 03/04/14 - 03/12/14
I was impressed with the group who were all interesting and strived to contribute to the team experience. They set a high bar for future trips. Seeing the northern lights is unforgettable and the educational lectures and field trips were worthwhile. Participants need to prepare for the cold and be aware of safety considerations in dealing with the cold. That being said, I was comfortable when I prepared correctly. I was only disappointed with the hotel shuttle service rather than a bus when we returned to Winnipeg from Churchill... the group was split across three shuttle trips vs staying together for the short ride. The CNSC staff is exceptional and I enjoyed talking to a polar bear research team based at CNSC.

Faith from Califon, NJ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/04/14 - 03/12/14
The science education and the collegiality at CNSC were great, it is a unique environment, and we did see the aurora. I would, however, recommend cutting the Winnipeg portion, which added a great deal to the cost but added nothing to the program's quality. I'd rather get to CNSC myself and not have to pay a few thousand more than the actual program cost.

Janice from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/04/14 - 02/12/14
Janice from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 2 Date attended: 02/04/14 - 02/12/14 Went to the Arctic Skies program to see the aurora borealis - which was amazing all on it's own! But, there was so much more to enjoy along with interesting, eclectic people to share the whole adventure with! The Churchill Northern Studies Center and program staff made the stay a great learning experience!!

Nora from Charlottesville, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/04/14 - 02/12/14
Into the Arctic Skies Astronomy and Aurora is an excellent program. If you are willing to go outside your comfort zone a bit in terms of temperature and location, you will be enlightened, challenged, and envigorated. This is a 5-star program - highly recommended!

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