Alaska Geographic & COVID-19
Thank you for your ongoing support, patience, and enduring positivity as we navigate through this challenging crisis. Alaska Geographic’s staff and board of directors hope all of you are healthy and safe in these uncertain times. You are part of our extended family, and your wellbeing is important to us.
Here at Alaska Geographic, all management staff are telecommuting. We’ve eliminated all unnecessary travel and discouraged unnecessary social interactions to slow transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Our retail and education teams are working diligently to understand and respond to the impacts of this pandemic and to make prudent decisions while maintaining the ability to get up and running when the crisis passes.
As the impacts of the fast-moving COVID-19 crisis become clear, we will provide updates here as well as through other lines of communication as necessary. We do not make these decisions lightly and believe these immediate actions are in the best interest of our staff, participants, customers, and public land partners.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago. Despite the uncertainty, we are confident that Alaska Geographic will get through by putting the health and wellbeing of the community first and by following the guidance of the CDC and State of Alaska COVID-19 Health mandates.
And with the help of our amazing partners at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service we will continue to find creative ways to deliver our shared priorities in support of Alaska’s amazing national parks, forests, and refuges.
Andy Hall, Executive Director
June 12, 2020 Update:
Because of the risks associated with transporting participants and sharing accommodations at our field camp, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2020 field courses. Program staff have contacted everyone impacted by this cancelation regarding options for refunding fees. If you have questions regarding this cancelation, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 3, 2020 Update:
All Alaska Geographic adult and youth programs have been canceled through June 30th. Program staff will be in contact with everyone impacted by this cancelation regarding options for possible rescheduling of the program or refunding fees. If you have questions regarding this cancelation, please contact us at: email@example.com. The following programs are impacted by this cancelation:
May 31-June 13, CFCC Seward District (Moose Pass)
June 2-5, Denali Science Academy, with Fostering Science
June 3-9, Exploring PWS Teacher Kayak Expeditions
June 5-8, Birds of Wonder Lake Field Course
June 8-10, Birds of Denali Field Course
June 8-13, Marine Science Expedition (Babkin)
June 19-26, Floating Teachers Workshop Kenai Fjords Expedition
June 21-27, Denali High School Backpacking Expedition
June 22-July 2, CFCC Glacier District (Blackstone Bay)
June 23-25, Wildflowers of Denali Field Course
June 26-28, Denali Paleontology Field Course
March 31, 2020 Update:
All Alaska Geographic summer seasonal staff have been notified that our ability to hire summer staff is uncertain. We are keeping these seasonal employees updated every week.
To continue to deliver our mission, and to maintain flexibility, Alaska Geographic is already working with our public land partners to find ways to support the American public during this crisis. This includes working with our partners to make educational products available through our online retail store, to ramp up virtual education programs for K-12 students and adults, and developing programs geared toward Alaskan residents visiting our public lands this summer.