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Climate of Hope: Living Alaskan and Working for Change

hiking-up-the-trailSouth of the Brady Icefield, nestled between Glacier Bay National Park and the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest, Inian Islands Institute stands as a private oasis of conservation and climate education. This summer, we invite you to join us for an immersive, week-long journey into the heart of Alaska and the science and solutions of climate change.

Experience Authentic Alaskan Life: Spend 7-Nights at the Inian Islands Institute, our one-of-a-kind, private, 5-acre homestead (aka The Hobbit Hole) that is becoming a national model of sustainability and conservation education.

Hike and Paddle through the most magnificent Wilderness in North America. (Capital W-Wilderness being the highest level of protected land.) Beauty abounds. Wildlife surrounds. And our limited group size enables us to see it all.

Learn the Essentials of Climate Science from Zach Brown, Phd. Raised in Gustavus, Alaska, Zach has undertaken research from Antarctica to the Arctic and back, including 111 days hiking and paddling home solo from Stanford, California to the Inian Islands. When not teaching at the Institute, he works as a naturalist aboard Lindblad Expeditions, and lives in Gustavus with his fiancee Laura and husky Aayla.

Join Renowned Author Kim Heacox to gain practical tools and insight on fighting the climate crisis. An inspiring naturalist, writer and Alaskan resident, Kim has published 14 books (including five for National Geographic) on biography, history and wildland conservation. Others include The Only Kayak, The National Parks: An Illustrated History, and John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire.

444A3509Handle an ax lately? Since Inian Islands Institute is a working homestead, you will be immersed in the homesteading life. Learn how to fish for dinner, tend the garden for fresh, organic vegetables, and (your choice), chop firewood for evening bonfires. These activities are often noted as the most rewarding by the university groups we host throughout the season.

• July 25 – August 1, 2020
• 12 Participants
• $2500 for rustic “student” accommodations; $3500 for more comfortable “B&B style” accommodations (limited availability).  Prices are all-inclusive from Juneau, AK; participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Juneau.  Scholarships available for educators, activists, nonprofit leaders, and others on the front lines of the fight for climate justice.
• FMI, or to sign up, contact Zach Brown at or 907-697-2210.

Find out more details on the course, cost, and registration from the course flier.


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