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Although June is typically one of the nicest months in Juneau, the fact remains that we are in a temperate rain forest. All the field trips will provide shelter, but we will also be outside at times, so you should be prepared for cool temperatures (45-60F is typical) and rain.

  1. Toxic Juneau: Alaska is popularly imagined as both the "Last Frontier" and as a pristine wilderness. Southeast Alaska is known as one of the world's most beautiful places. Amidst the verdant Sitka spruce forests and beneath the gin-clear streams lurks physical evidence of the region's history as the site of large-scale resource extraction. Join us in exploring the toxic landscapes under Juneau's sublime veneer on this tour highlighting this contradiction between the image and reality of Alaska. You've never seen toxic so beautiful! (space is limited, please reserve early). Sunday afternoon. Box-lunch provided. $20
  2. Alaska Native Juneau: Juneau’s Alaska Native presence is central to understanding the environment and culture of this place. The UAS campus, for example, is located on Auke Lake and territory of Auke Kwan Tlingits, who have inhabited Juneau for thousands of years. This tour will provide an Auke Kwan perspective of the area, with story-telling about nearby locales. (space is limited, please reserve early). Sunday afternoon. Box-lunch provided. $20
  3. Whale Watching: This private (ASLE-only) 3.5 hour, twilight whale-watching tour will be guided by marine biologist Fred Sharpe and Captain Greg Brown. Up to 12 ASLE members will board his custom-built 30' catamaran in Auke Bay Harbor, adjacent to UAS campus, at 6:00pm, heading out to view some of the region's many humpbacks. Light refreshments and beer and wine provided. Thursday, June 14. $185
  4. Salmon Bake: The Alaskan version of a Auke Rec"banquet": think locally caught salmon, locally brewed beer, and an evening on the beach. Bring your own instruments. Not to be missed. Saturday evening. Adults $40, children $15.