Group will walk 1/2 mile from the hotel to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center. A bus will transport us to the Museum of the North, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and back to the hotel.
At hotel restaurant.
Orientation: Gather in our meeting space where the Road Scholar group leaders will provide an overview of the program and an introduction to Fairbanks and Alaska. We will review the daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures and answer any of your questions. The group will then walk to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center for a guided exploration of the center provided by the center's director. Morris Thompson, a Koyukon Athabascan, was born, raised, and is now laid to rest in Tanana. As a native political leader and businessman, he dedicated his life to Alaska issues and its peoples. The center is dedicated to his memory and educates residents and visitors about Interior Alaska’s cultural and natural history.
Enjoy a special Athabascan meal with local, fresh ingredients specially prepared for our group at the Cultural Center.
Following lunch enjoy a one-hour Cultural Connections Presentation by Alaskan native youth. After the performance our group will board a bus to the Museum of the North on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for a self-guided visit of the museum. The museum exhibits are a great introduction to Alaska’s diverse wildlife, people and land. Exhibits highlight the objects and artifacts, people, wildlife, geography and history of each of Alaska's five major geographic regions. Pieces and objects representing 2000 years of Alaskan art and historical paintings from the 19th and 20th century round out the exhibits.
In the hotel meeting space enjoy a catered meal, including coffee, tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase.
At your leisure to rest and relax for tomorrow's early departure to Denali. Please remember that you may want two sets of bags for tomorrow morning. One set will be transferred directly to the ship and another with your items for Denali, Anchorage and Seward. Your leaders will carefully explain how to label your bags for proper transfer.