THE GREAT ALASKAN YOUTH IMMERSION TOUR​​

TRIP LENGTH:  14- DAY TOUR
(Minimum of 10 Students)
Custom Trips Available, from 7 to 21 days

AVAILABLE JUNE 1 - SEPTEMBER 30

SUMMER TRIP DETAILS
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.  It's the Alaskan way!

Real Alaska Tours is proud to offer teens the opportunity to join the village of McGrath, Alaska, an authentic wilderness town dubbed "The Friendliest Village".  The youth will experience authentic village life including learning about subsistance living, the rich history and culture of the Athabascan heritage and the same wilderness survival techniques that have been passed on to local youth by the elders.  

During the first days of the tour, the youth will become immersed in the daily life of the village, whose roots date back to the original inhabitants of Alaska’s interior, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories.  They will visit with village elders, play games with local kids, or take an ATV ride on the surrounding trails. The group can expect to be invited to village homes for meals, beading lessons, making unique birch bark baskets, playing music, processing and drying wild game and fish. They will also listen to stories and learn how the Athabascans’ ingenuity and resourcefulness are intrinsic to living in this remote and formidable land.  Alaskan Experiences classes are available, including Berry Picking & Akutaq (Eskimo Ice Cream) Making, Cabin/Sauna Construction, Cottonwood Bark Carving, Wildlife & Nature Photography, Traditional Athabascan Skin Sewing & Beadwork,  Athabascan Birch Bark Making, Punk & Changa Hunting & Processing.

A 4-day Geocaching trek through the historic Ophir Mining District will introduce the youth to true wilderness living and will allow them to enjoy it's healthy benefits.  Traveling by boat, rafts, kayaks, bicycles, ATV's and by foot; bushcraft, wilderness first-aid and survival techniques will be taught as they head out in pursuit of that day's geocache.  The group will have opportunities to pan for gold, and they get to keep what they find!  They will learn to walk softly, with ecological mindfulness and the "Leave No Trace" mentality as they explore the forest, lakes and rivers deep in the heart of Alaska.  Responsible campfire management, natural edibles, small game trapping, wilderness meal preparation, navigation and map reading will be a part of each trek day.  During the trek, the group will be setting up and taking down their tent camp daily.

The tour will conclude with a 7-day meaningful service project such as remodeling the village's teen center, buidling a fence and sprucing up the outdoor park or a similar project.  Under close supervision, the project will teach skills including carpentry, environmental work, and social services, building upon relationships within the community.  The daily life of the village subsists partially on hunting and gathering.  During side projects, the youth will harvest fish, gather edibles from the surrounding and vast boreal forest and maybe even process big game.  With the majestic Alaskan Range as a backdrop, they will experience incredible Alaskan adventures.

The final evening in the village will consist of a community potluck followed by a farewell bonfire gathering with traditional Athabascan treats.

A Journey of Exploration and Community Problem Solving

TRIP LENGTH:  14- DAY TOUR
(Minimum of 10 Students)
Custom Trips Available, from 7 to 21 days
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1 - APRIL 10​​

WINTER TRIP DETAILS
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.  It's the Alaskan way!

Real Alaska Tours is proud to offer teens the opportunity to join the village of McGrath, Alaska, an authentic wilderness town                                                 dubbed "The Friendliest Village".  The youth will experience authentic village life including learning about subsistance living, the rich history                   and culture of the Athabascan heritage and the same wilderness survival techniques that have been passed on to local youth by the elders.  

During the first two days of the tour, the youth will become immersed in the daily life of the village, whose roots date back to the original inhabitants of Alaska’s interior, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories.  They will visit with village elders, play games with local kids, or take an snowmobile ride on the surrounding trails. The group can expect to be invited to village homes for meals, beading lessons, making unique birch bark baskets, playing music, and joining in community-wide basketball or volleyball games. They will also listen to stories and learn how the Athabascans’ ingenuity and resourcefulness are intrinsic to living in this remote and formidable land.  Alaskan Experiences classes are available, including Dog Sled Mushing, Akutaq (Eskimo Ice Cream) Making, Ice Fishing, Fire Wood Processing, Cottonwood Bark Carving, Wildlife & Nature Photography, Traditional Athabascan Skin Sewing & Beadwork,  Athabascan Birch Bark Making, Punk & Changa Hunting & Processing.

A 7-day Fat Bike trek along Alaska's famous Historic Iditarod Sled Dog Trail will introduce the youth to true wilderness living and will allow them to enjoy it's healthy benefits.  Traveling by snowmobile and Fat Bikes (bicycles designed to ride on top of our deep snow); bushcraft, wilderness first-aid and survival techniques will be taught as they explore the excitement of the Last Frontier,  They will learn to walk softly, with ecological mindfulness and the "Leave No Trace" mentality as they explore the snow capped forest, frozen lakes and rivers deep in the heart of Alaska.  Responsible campfire management, natural edibles, small and large game trapping, ice fishing, wilderness meal preparation and navigation will be a part of each trek day.   During the trek, the group will be setting up and taking down their heated Arctic Oven tent camp daily.  Expect frequent wildlife encounters including bison, moose, lynx, marten, wolverine and wolves. 

The tour will conclude with a 5-day meaningful service project such as making a community ice skating rink, grooming ski trails, constructing handicap accessible features in the homes of elders or a similar project.  Under close supervision, the project will teach skills including carpentry, safe winter travel, environmental work, and social services, building upon relationships within the community.  The daily life of the village subsists partially on hunting and gathering. During side projects, the youth will learn to set snares and traps for small game, cut and gather fire wood, skinning and stretching furs, and gather edibles from the surrounding and vast boreal forest.  With the majestic Alaskan Range and the Aurora Borealis as a backdrop, they will experience incredible Alaskan adventures.

The final evening in the village will consist of a community potluck followed by a farewell bonfire gathering with traditional Athabascan treats.