Melting Ice and Rising Seas: Combating the Climate Crisis in Alaska
Site Objective
  • Understand why climate change is a crisis -- an imminent threat to the survival of ecosystems and human livelihoods -- and bring this idea back to California/your own community

  • Understand how people’s livelihoods, ecosystems, and economies depend on the local environment

  • Raise awareness about communities and regions disproportionately affected by both climate change and lack of resources to adapt to it

  • Gain a sense of urgency, tools for advocacy, citizen science skills, and a broader understanding of the climate crisis by working with community partners

  • Explore how preventative conservation can combat the climate crisis

  • Site Topic: Climate Change 

  • Location: Anchorage, Alaska 

  • Cost: $300 (Scholarship Available) *if trips are virtual, no costs associated

  • Dates: Saturday, March 20 - Saturday, March 27

  • Planning to take: 10 Participants

  • Community Partners: Alaska Native Heritage Center, Kenai Watershed Forum, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Alaska Geographic, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, etc.

  • Transportation: Flights and Rental Cars

  • Housing: Church or Airbnb

  • Site Leaders: Sarah Payne & Joanna Yang

*Logistics are tentative and subject to change. 

Site Leaders' Message

Get your winter coatzzz ready! We (Joanna and Sarah) are so excited to be exploring the climate crisis this upcoming academic year, hopefully with you! A trip to Alaska may be very cold, but there is no better place to experience the urgency of climate change than in the gateway to the Arctic, where temperatures are rising twice as quickly. We will focus on conservation and the impacts of the environment on local culture and livelihoods. The goal is to bring these insights back to our campus and local communities, where the effects of a changing climate differ but are just as impactful. We can’t wait to meet you all!


No matter what the future holds, we hope you’ll take the leap and embark on this journey with us! We will do our very best to make this a meaningful and insightful experience regardless of ANY changes to our itinerary. Stay safe out there y’all!