The Alaskan Experience

July 14 – August 12, 30 day summer program, Start & end: Anchorage, Alaska, Outdoor certification and Leadership Skills

Youth Conservation Leadership Crew Alaskan Experience

Alaska is known by many names; The Last Frontier, the Land of Midnight Sun, the 49th State. It is a land of vast geography including active volcanoes, calving glaciers, extreme tides, North America’s highest mountain and a vast network of wildlife abundant wetlands. 

SCA is no stranger to Alaska, we have had National Crews here for the last 30 years. With 238 million acres of public lands, SCA has multiple opportunities for members to serve. 

The Alaskan Experience will begin and end in the city of Anchorage. From there, you’ll load up the bush plane for a scenic flight to Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.  Home will be your backcountry basecamp as you work to restore a trail and explore the amazing landscape around you. SCA will give you the skills and training you need to succeed on the trail and in camp. 

Start & End Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Dates: July 14-August 12
Duration: 30 Days
Tuition: $2750 per student (Does not include travel to and from Alaska)

Financial aid is available for these positions. See the FAQ for more information

The Alaskan Experience Overview:

Certifications Received: 

  • Wilderness Medicine Essentials Certificate
  • Leave No Trace Awareness Certification

Leadership Skills Training: 

  • Leader for the Day 
  • Trip and Route Planning
  • Personal leadership style
  • Conservation Work Skills 
  • Peer Leadership 
  • Tool use and safety
  • Career Exploration

Service Projects Accomplished: 

  • Maintaining or re-routing existing trails
  • Constructing new trails
  • Invasive plant removal

Environmental Education Received:

  • Native plant identification
  • Wildlife ecology and wildlife management issues
  • Trail routing and trail maintenance issues
  • Map and Compass 
  • Environmental Justice Issues

Recreational Activities: 

  • Whale watching
  • Backpacking trips
  • Hiking
  • Star gazing


7am: Wake up, make breakfast and get ready for a day working on the trail near Tanalian Mountain next to the brilliant glacial waters of Lake Clark

8:30am: Stretch and hit the trail!  Get to work on important projects that will help protect the amazing park that you are calling home.

12 noon: Break for lunch, learn a Leave No Trace principle, and about taking care of blisters on the trail.

3pm: Meet up with a ranger to learn about grizzly bear ecology and behavior.

4:30pm: Head back to camp.

5:00pm: Start dinner, have a Group Meeting, and settle in for a few rounds of cards.

9:00pm: Hit the sack!  Get some much deserved rest so you can be ready for tomorrow’s adventures!

Learn more about how to apply.