Activity level at the Heritage Center is dependent on what you choose to do. There is a half mile loop trail on flat, paved paths to see the Native dwellings. There may be some long periods of standing at field trip sites.
In the hotel’s restaurant, we'll enjoy breakfast items such as eggs, the daily special, a waffle bar, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastries, plus coffee, tea, juice, and water.
After a quick ride via motorcoach, our day begins with a docent-led visit to the Anchorage Museum. Enjoy the large variety of exhibits that explain pre-historic, historic and present Anchorage and Alaska. A main exhibition contains over 600 objects from the Smithsonian collections and is one of the finest presentations of Alaskan history and ethnology in the state. Full-scale and miniature dioramas provide a look at the early lifestyles of Alaska’s native peoples. Exhibits also cover the exploration and settlement by the Russians, the gold rush era, World War II and statehood. Following our docent-led exploration, we'll have some time to wander through the exhibits on our own.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in downtown Anchorage. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
At a predetermined time, we'll reconvene at the museum and hop on our motorcoach for a short transfer to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the largest cultural institution in Alaska, to learn about the unique indigenous cultures that have shaped Alaska's history. Journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, and walk through traditional Native dwellings.
Enjoy a family style dinner at a local restaurant with salad, dessert, coffee, tea, water.Other beverages available for purchase.
In our hotel meeting space, we'll enjoy a presentation led by our Group Leader that will introduce us to the spectacular nature preserves and wildlife refuges that will be our classroom throughout the program. Afterwards, get a good night's rest for the day ahead, and prepare for check-out tomorrow morning.