Magnificent Alaska: Wildlife & Nature on The Kenai Peninsula

With calving glaciers, shimmering waters and rugged mountains — the Kenai Peninsula is stunning. Discover the history and wildlife of “Alaska’s Playground.”
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 22671RJ
8 days
Starts at

At a Glance

For eons, mighty glaciers have carved deep ravines into the rocky terrain of the Kenai Peninsula. Venture to “Alaska’s Playground” to explore the history and wildlife of this majestic landscape, where snow-capped mountains tower over turquoise waters teeming with life. With your expert naturalist, visit a wildlife refuge, a conservation center and a fish hatchery to learn about the moose, bears, wolves, fish and birds that call this region home. Walk to the edge of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords, cruise through pristine passageways and fjords in Prince William Sound, and delve into the heritage of the Kenai Peninsula as you explore historic homesteads and Russian-influenced hamlets.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Glide past more than two dozen glaciers as you ride a catamaran through Prince William Sound, watching for sea lions, bald eagles, black bears, sea otters and more.
  • Learn about wildlife conservation and rehabilitation at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the Alaska SeaLife Center and more.
  • Dart through the breathtaking Alaskan wilderness on a summer dog sled pulled by an Iditarod racing team.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier
by David Ramseur
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
by Gary Paulsen
Alaska's History: the People, Land and Events of the North Country
by Harry Ritter
This is a small, easily readable "digest" of Alaska's history. It is great for a quick overview and it is a good size for tucking into a suitcase or reading on a plane.
Alaska Bush Pilot Doctor
by Naomi Gaede-Penner
This is a fasten-your-seatbelt story of Dr. Elmer Gaede, fresh out of Kansas Medical school, who drove up the Alcan Highway with his family to the Native Services Hospital in Anchorage, AK and found his mission making harrowing bush flying house calls into remote villages, becoming one of the first physicians in Soldotna (where we'll be spending several nights), and homesteading the Gaede-80 Homestead on the Kenai Peninsula.
Going to Extremes
by Joe McGinniss
Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska
by Kate Wynne
This book covers all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated. Color photos and surface profile drawings show all Alaska marine mammals and compare similar species, and color range maps show distribution.
Alaska's Wild Plants: a Guide to Alaska's Edible Harvest
by Jancie J. Schofield
An authoritative guide book to more than 70 of Alaska's most common wild edible plants. You will see, learn about, and want to avoid, some of the plants depicted and described in this Alaska Pocket Guide that is easy to fit into your suitcase for identification on our explorations.
From Kansas Wheat Fields to Alaska Tundra: a Mennonite Family Finds Home
by Naomi Gaede-Penner
This book shows what it took to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula in the early 1960's. Whereas "Alaska Bush Pilot Doctor" is from Dr. Elmer Gaede's perspective, this book is from the perspective of other family members, and how they faced lack of conveniences, isolation from extended family, freezing temperatures, and unknown hardships - with a sense of humor and ingenuity.
Alaska Earthquake 64: Where Were You?
by Joy Griffin
In 1994, thirty years after the great Alaska earthquake, the Homer Library collected 50 first-person amusing AND terrifying reminiscences from residents who experienced the earthquake. This book is filled with photos. On this program we will see and learn about the devastation on the Kenai Peninsula and we will visit Homer.
The Dragline Kid: A Gold-Miner's Daughter from Hope, Alaska
by Lisa Augustine
This hilarious book provides a glimpse into mining life on the Kenai Peninsula starting in the late 1940s. Our local guides will be talking about mining and we will drive through some of the areas mentioned in the book. This books is out-of-print, but you can find it as a used book on Amazon.
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong
The First Great Race
by Dan Seavey
The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild
by Lynn Schooler

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