Hi, this is Dane Barr, and I’m excited to announce that I will be leading a group of Wilson Memorial High School students on a WorldStrides program to Alaska. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, students will explore vast wilderness, expansive glaciers, native communities all while experiencing incomparable learning moments. This will be a trip that your child will be talking about for years to come! See below for important information about our trip.

Dates

  • 06/05/2021 to 06/10/2021

Price

  • $3,469 per student

Trip ID

184143

Inclusions

  • Transportation to & from Destination
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Admission to all Attractions
  • Meals
  • Course Leader
  • 24-Hour Emergency Support
  • Accident & Medical Insurance
  • Opportunity to Earn Free Academic Credit

Trip Information Meeting

 

Space still available.  There's still time to sign up for our trip.  We'd love to have you join us!  Bookmark this page and check back often for important trip announcements.

Learn more about our Alaska program!

Our Trip Highlights

Here’s a sample list of some of the many attractions and activities the students will see and do on this trip. This trip is going to be so much fun and the students are going to learn so much!

Kenai Fjords National Park

Observe wildlife by boat in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Look for orcas, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, puffins, and otters as you make your way to a tidewater glacier. As the glaciers move toward the sea, you’ll gain a better understanding of the impact of glacier erosion and glacial rebound.

Kenai-Fjords National Park, Alaska

Denali Mountain

Denali Mountain is the highest peak in North America with an elevation of 20,310-feet. The base to peak rise of this mountain is the largest of any mountain that’s located entirely above sea level. Photograph it as you travel through Denali National Park.

Denali Mountain, Alaska

Denali National Park

Travel deep inside Denali National Park and seek the big five—caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and wolves. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Alaskan Range, including Denali Mountain. This six million acre wild-land is truly one of the most spectacular places on earth. You’ll also enjoy a talk with a local Denali mountaineer.

Denali National Park, Alaska

Exit Glacier

Take a hike to the tongue of Exit Glacier. See where the Harding Icefield meets the Resurrection River while discussing glaciology, erosion, and the impact of katabatic winds.  This activity will immerse students in learning about science, engineering, and math while taking in breathtaking views.

Exit Glacier, Alaska

Happy Trails Sled Dog Kennels

Learn what it takes to be a ‘musher’ as you tour one of Alaska’s sled dog kennels.  You’ll have a chance to pet the puppies and find out all the hard-work and training that it takes to turn these pups into sled dogs, including the steps needed to race in the Iditarod.  This is a student favorite while in Alaska!

Iditarod Dog Sled Race Alaska

Potter’s Marsh

Just outside Anchorage, you’ll discover the southern-most point of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The 1,500-foot boardwalk extends out into the marsh and gives you easy access to see a variety of birds including Canadian geese, canvasback ducks, and even eagles as they nest at the base of the bluffs.

Potters Marsh, Alaska

Alaska Sealife Center

Built through funds from the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, this marine research and rehabilitation center is one your students won’t want to leave. They’ll work with scientists to learn about the rich ecosystem of the Bering Sea, see the work being done to protect the endangered sea lions, and discover the secrets of the harbor seals that call Resurrection Bay home.

Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska

The Health and Safety of our Travelers is our #1 Priority

For more than 50 years, WorldStrides been known for industry-leading health and safety in educational travel. COVID-19 is surely unprecedented, but WorldStrides has been tackling “unprecedented” for decades. Our experienced team is leading the way, and constantly evolving to meet new requirements for health and safety that are imperative in this environment.  In addition to the new measures being implemented to address COVID-19, WorldStrides has an extensive network in place to ensure the health and safety of all our travelers.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Expertly trained Course Leaders to guide your group. Course Leaders are destination experts and will help bring learning to life for your students while navigating them through your itinerary.
  • On-Site Coordinators: WorldStrides staff members who are with you around the clock at your hotel to assist with any needs that may arise during your stay.  (In some destinations, on-site coordinators will be replaced with 24-hour Course Leaders.)
  • Doctors on Call: our exclusive partnership with the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University
  • Tour Central: 24/7 local support office ready to assistance travelers at a moments notice

Click here for full details on our updated health and safety measures that will be in place for your trip.  

 

course leader

Tools to Help Pay for the Trip

Flag Financial Assistance

  • Over $2.5 million in financial assistance is given out each year
  • Families with annual adjusted gross incomes of up to $85,000 may qualify
  • One simple call to WorldStrides Customer Service (800-468-5899) can tell you how much assistance may be available even before registering for the trip.  (FLAG Financial Assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; FLAG applications for trips taking place in 2021 is current closed however assistance is still available for trips taking place in 2022.)

Gift of Education Fundraiser

  • Student driven fundraiser where 100% of the money raised goes to offset the trip price
  • Students send e-cards, letters, or share links on Facebook / Instagram, and family and friends, in one simple click, can make a direct donation
  • Thousands of students pay for their entire trip each year through the Gift of Education

Affordable Payment Plans

  • Pay a small initial deposit to sign up for the trip
  • The remaining balance is spread out into small amounts and paid monthly prior to travel
  • Set up auto-deductions from your account saving you time and money