Frequently Asked Questions
Who can sign up for Alaska Geographic youth education?
Any youth who lives in Alaska that meets a trip’s specific requirements. All trips have a specified age range, and some trips have location-based requirements (ie. must reside within a certain school district or geographic region within Alaska).
How do you sign up for an Alaska Geographic youth program?
All participants must be nominated by an adult community member or apply with two adult non-family references that are able to support them through the process.
Nomination process – The nominator must submit an application for their prospective participant, who will then fill out their own student application. Once the nominator application and student application are submitted, the application process is complete.
References process – The student will submit a Student Application with two non-family references. We will reach out to the references to continue the process.
Who is eligible to nominate a prospective participant?
Any community member in a mentorship role over the age of 18. Immediate family members, including parents, and friends of students over 18 may not nominate prospective participants. If you are a student interested in a trip and do not know who to ask for a nomination, please contact our Education team (email below) for further support.
When do nominations and student applications open for the next year?
Check in January for applications for the upcoming summer. We are not always able to have all applications open by January, some applications will open in February-April.
Can I apply for more than one trip?
Please only apply for one trip. There is a section of the application that will ask if you would like to be considered for multiple trip options.
What is the typical structure for an Alaska Geographic youth expedition?
Our expeditions and trips are run in partnership with public land agencies, like the National Forest Service and the National Park Service. We work together with our partners to establish the structure and schedule for each trip individually. Most trips will incorporate conservation projects with our partners in the morning, then after lunch the group will go out on their exploration with their AK Geo guide for the afternoon. After dinner, there will be an Evening Program. Unless otherwise stated, our trips are camping based.
What are the physical requirements for the trips and expeditions?
Please see each trip for their specific physical requirements. All participants must be in good health and be able to self-regulate emotions in moderate terrain through the rain, sun, wind, mosquitos, hot, and cold.
Do you have to live in Alaska?
Unless otherwise stated, our trips are for teens living in Alaska. We make exceptions for Native Alaskan teens living in the Lower 48 and teens who are from Alaska but living outside the state temporarily. Any trip for youth from outside Alaska will be designed for a specific geographic area in the Lower 48 (Seattle students – keep an eye out for 2023 for a Klondike-Gold Rush Backpacking trip in Skagway!)