Our Changing Planet: Wildlife & Glacial Preservation in Alaska

Learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan landscapes and meet some of the scientists and conservationists helping to prevent its impact on both local wildlife and communities.
Program No. 23879RJ
10 days
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9 nights
26 meals
9B 8L 9D
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At a Glance

With its remote wilderness, breathtaking fjords, sparkling glaciers and unique wildlife, Alaska is truly “the last frontier.” On this educational voyage through Alaska’s inside passage, get up close to this fragile environment for an intimate look at how climate change is impacting the landscapes. Join environmentalists and park rangers in the field to learn how the wildlife and landscapes have been affected by the warming climate. Then, armed with new knowledge, become part of the solution as you help the local communities protect the land they love.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Optional walking up to one mile on trails; some uneven or wet terrain. Elevation of 3,000 feet on train. Ship decks are accessed by narrow ladder like stairs. Climbing in and out of kayaks and rafts.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture to a salmon hatchery to learn the challenges it faces and industry’s important impact on the locals.
  • Sail up close to glaciers as you study how the warming climate has reduced their size, and what that means for coastal communities.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Alaska’s complex aquatic ecosystems from the experts at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

General Notes

This program is part of “Our Changing Planet” series, exploring the solutions to the challenges of global climate change in communities around the United States. Learn more at www.roadscholar.org/planet. For a similar program with more of a general destination focus, please see, "Alaska's Inside Passage Up Close (#11479)."
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Larry West
Larry traveled eastern and western Europe and throughout the Mediterranean with his parents in his youth. In 1990 he began traveling professionally as a travel educator. Having lived more than 36 years in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, Larry has deep knowledge and understanding of Northwest natural and human history, and nearly life-long experience and appreciation of the region’s diverse coastal and interior communities and cultures. His professional experience also includes nonprofit administration, communications and fund development and nearly 15 years in public broadcasting.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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