We usually spend about 2 hours in the UAF museum, walking around, looking at the exhibits. At the Large Animal Research Station, we will have a lecture about the musk ox, caribou and reindeer who live at the farm, standing up to an hour while viewing the animals.
Most of our meals in Fairbanks will be in the campus dining hall. All meals on campus are buffet style. For breakfast there is usually an egg dish, breakfast meat, cereal, bread, fruit, yoghurt, coffee, tea, water, milk.
Class: History of Fairbanks. We have a number of people who teach history for us. All of them have studied and taught Alaskan history and most of them have also written books on it. Having been founded as a gold rush town, Fairbanks has an interesting history that it shares with much of Alaska. Hear about the flood of immigrants that came to the far north in the early 1900's to make their fortune--and the people who made fortunes off of them by "mining the miners", providing provisions, tools and various entertainments. Fairbanks was different from most of the other boom towns in that unlike most gold rush towns, Fairbanks is still here a century and some later and is now the second largest city in Alaska. Fairbanks is also home to Alaska's oldest university – the University of Alaska Fairbanks, or UAF as it's known locally. Fairbanks is situated only 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the heart of Alaska. Due to its central location and easy accessibility by road, rail and air, the city is considered the gateway to the north. Field trip to the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The Museum Of the North is an outstanding facility for a town the size of Fairbanks. Focusing on the history, culture, and environment of the North, the museum has nearly 1.5 million artifacts and is a research center for climate change, genetics, and other issues facing the circumpolar regions. There are collections on the gold rush, the Indigenous Peoples of the state, all of Alaska's ecosystems, natural history, human history, World War II and natural wonders such as the Northern Lights, glaciers, extinct surprising fauna and an astounding local temperature range of about 170 degrees between record high and record low. Walk around the museum at your own pace. There is recorded information on the exhibits which can be accessed using a cell phone app that the museum has set up for its visitors.
At the campus dining hall, we will have a buffet including soup, salad, two entrees, and dessert, plus water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk, and soda.
Orientation to the Arctic. A guide from the company that takes us to the arctic will talk with us about the trip. They will give us times for departure and discuss traveling in the Arctic and the rules of the road. They will bring copies of the daily schedule to hand out and to go over with us. Class: Broad overview of the Native Nations of Alaska. Many people who visit us think that the Inupiak and Yupik people of the Arctic Coast (commonly known as Eskimos) are the only indigenous people in the state. Due to Alaska's huge size, there are six major and distinct Native nations and their subdivisions that live within it's boundaries. They have very distinct cultures that have developed over thousands of years in response to the very different ecosystems they inhabit. Come learn the names of these other indigenous inhabitants of Alaska. Field trip to the Large Animal Research Station. The research station is a branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology. Studies of the large ungulates of the Arctic, the musk-oxen, caribou and reindeer, have been ongoing for decades. A researcher or station guide will talk about the biology of the animals and the ecosystems they inhabit. A strong focus is on the different adaptations that the species have made to the same environment. Life cycles and survival strategies will be explained. Pelts, skulls, antlers and horns will be available for hands-on examination and study. One of the highlights of this field trip is the opportunity to see and learn about the musk-oxen. In the same way that seeing giraffes and zebras in the wild indicates you are in Africa, the musk ox is an iconic emblem of the Arctic-you could see bears, wolves and whales in their natural habitats in many other places in the world, but if you want to see musk-oxen in their natural habitat, you must travel to the Arctic.
We will have dinner in the campus dining hall. Each person can make their own choices from a set menu.
We often have a very early departure for our flight to Prudhoe.. We provide a selection of breakfast foods in the coordinator's apartment that you will be invited to choose from and pack for your breakfast tomorrow. We offer boiled eggs, yogurt, cheese, breakfast bars, fruit, muffins and individual boxes of juice.