Teens can spend a week paddling a kayak in Glacier Bay Park and Preserve this summer

Are you a high-school-age teen from Southeast Alaska who wants to go kayaking in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve this summer? The National Park Service, will offer a kayak trip on June 2-9, in partnership with Alaska Geographic and Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), using SAFV’s REBOUND curriculum.

A maximum of eight students will be selected to participate in the trip.  Due to the contributions of partner groups, the trip is being offered free of charge. This trip is open to students from Sitka, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, and Gustavus.

Participants on this trip will spend four days kayaking during the week-long trip, where they will learn about leadership, wilderness and community. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for youth to connect to their national parks and public lands through immersive experiences in wilderness areas. In addition, they will:

  • Learn backcountry camping and travel techniques from wilderness experts.
  • Explore the cultural heritage and natural resources of the land.
  • Develop skills for positive group dynamics, healthy relationships, and respect for the environment.

Students will need to complete the application posted below and obtain one letter of recommendation from a non-family member and submit them to Ryan Carpenter of Sitka National Historical Park by Friday, April 7 (NOTE: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 21). Applications can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Sitka National Historical Park, or you can access them at the links below or on the Sitka National Historical Park and SAFV websites.

For more details, contact Ryan at 747-0121 or ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov, or contact Molly at mschouweiler@alaskageographic.org.

• 2017 Glacier Bay Student Application

• 2017 Glacier Bay Letter of Support

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