Story last updated at 6/19/2013 - 2:06 pm
Alaska Geographic Association and Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) are offering Southeast Alaska and Yukon teens an opportunity to hike the international Chilkoot Trail. This trip of a lifetime is being coordinated in cooperation with Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The trip is scheduled for August 3-8 (August 2-9 if travel is from Juneau). All expenses are paid for including food, train tickets, gear rental, and education activities. Passport ID is required and teens must be ages 14-18.
Applicants should submit a piece of artwork to apply which expresses their desire to hike the Chilkoot Trail. Artwork may include: drawing or painting with a brief description, poem, essay or short story (2 pages maximum), an original song (recorded) or a 5 minute video. For more information and submissions, contact Nate Heck at SAGA 723-1547 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
National Park Service Park Rangers will accompany the trip and teens will be invited to join the National Park Service Trail Crew to improve portions of the Chilkoot Trail. SAGA, Alaska Geographic, and the Klondike Gold Rush NHP all hope that getting teens out in their National Parks will serve to engage them in stewardship and leadership in Alaska.