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Here are some of our events at Inian Islands Institute for the summer season 2016!
(Please view our Event Calendar below)

Volunteer Work Party, May 2-6 2016
Our second annual Inian Islands Institute volunteer work party is set to be even more raucous than the first!  In 2015, our 20 volunteers got a huge amount done, including extending the boardwalk out to the dock, replacing the foundation of the workshop building, expanding the garden, and emplacing a drainage system.  Check out the blog post and video.  This year, we’ll finish up the foundation replacement, set up a large yurt for more housing, build a kayak rack to hold our new fleet, and more.  All with good food, good beer, and good friends.

Teacher Expedition with Discovery Southeast, June 12-16, 2016
For the first time, Inian Islands Institute will partner with Discovery Southeast to bring a group of teachers to the Hobbit Hole to discuss the intersection of people and place, education and the natural world.  What better way to reach more students than to teach the teachers?

UAS Environmental Rhetoric Course, July 11-16, 2016
Hosted at Inian Islands Institute, this course through the University of Alaska Southeast features professor Dan Henry teaching us how to make persuasive arguments that lead to positive environmental change.  Join us to learn how to become a more effective environmental leader through the art of rhetoric.

Yoga Retreat with Jessica Lindmark, July 23-30 2016
Taking our practice into the Wilderness!  For more information on future retreats, please contact Jessica Lindmark at


Past Events

Earlham College Course, May 19-23 2015
Students from Earlham College in Indiana are on their way to the Inian Islands!  Their course, entitled The Ecology and Conservation of Southeast Alaska, led by the father-and-son professor team Brent and Quinn Smith, will take them on a wild adventure to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Haines, and of course the Inian archipelago.  During their visit, we will discuss issues of sustainability and local living in the context of what they’ve learned in the greater Southeast Alaska region.

Volunteer Work Party, June 1-5 2015
Time to get our hands dirty!  Fueled by good food and friends, we’re going to extend the boardwalk, put a new foundation under the workshop building, and lots of other little tasks that need doing around the property.  And I’m sure we’ll find some time for music and volleyball and beer.

Yoga Retreat with Jessica Lindmark, June 7-12 2015
Taking our practice into the Wilderness!  For more information on future retreats, please contact Jessica Lindmark at

Stanford University Sophomore College Course, September 14-17 2015
We are hugely excited that Stanford University is returning to the Inian Islands after our first wonderful course in 2013!  In the second iteration, we will learn about the interactions between social and ecological systems, focusing on 4 natural resources: fisheries, forestry, energy and tourism.  Read about our first Stanford course here.

October Speaking Tour
In October 2015, after a break-out summer for Inian Islands Institute, Executive Director Zach Brown is headed down south for meetings and presentations all along the West Coast — Seattle, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay Area — to keep spreading the word about Inian Islands Institute!  Please join us for a presentation in your area!



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  1. Paula Wolfson #

    Greetings Reader, My friend Duanni Hurd and I met Zach Brown on board The Sea Lion, The National Geographic-Linblad expedition tour of the SE Inner Passage: the July 19-26th tour.This was my first trip to Alaska and Zach’s first week on board the ship. We enjoyed having Zach as a naturalist on this sojourn!((It was wonderful to be in a Zodiac raft with him, while he discussed the wildlife. As it turns out we were in the Zodiac with him in a bay near to his hometown…I have a video of him speaking about the area, the otters, the seals…And shall post it soon…)….We hope to remain in touch with Zach to find creative ways to help support his fund raising efforts. And …miracles of miracles..we reside in Palo Alto and Los Altos. Hope to see Zach in October for one of his fund-raiser-presentations!

    Bravo to all of you in your fantastic labor of love!

    How does one come visit or have a mini-retreat?

    Zach’s fellow “Sea Lion – Polar Plunge survivor” – Paula Wolfson.

    August 5, 2015

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