Alaska Trip Planning: Anchorage, Denali, and Beyond with Dr. Henry Huntington

Alaska Trip Planning: Anchorage, Denali, and Beyond with Dr. Henry Huntington


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Alaska looms large in the imagination, from the gold rush to the heights of Denali. This seminar will give prospective visitors an idea of how much the state has to offer, and how to get the most out of a trip here.

Denali! Native Peoples! Bears! Northern lights! Fishing! Alaska may not have everything, but the nation’s largest state certainly has a wealth of attractions for visitors and residents alike. From the old-growth forests of the panhandle to the Arctic tundra, a big challenge for visitors is deciding how much they can fit into a trip north. Alaska Native communities, Russian Orthodox churches, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline are all part of rich cultural history, complementing the variety of ecosystems, wildlife, and scenery.

This seminar will share highlights from over 30 years of traveling throughout the state, in all seasons of the year. In addition to world-renowned sites like Denali National Park, we will also stray off the beaten path and well beyond Alaska’s road system. And we will not ignore the treasures to be found on day trips from Anchorage, where one of the nation’s largest state parks lies within municipal boundaries.

Led by a long-time Alaska resident and Arctic researcher, Dr. Henry Huntington, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the entire state in all seasons. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for all that Alaska has to offer, as well as ideas for how to make the most of a visit to the 49th State.

Henry P. Huntington earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University and his master’s and doctorate in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska, where he works as an independent researcher and on Arctic Ocean conservation for Ocean Conservancy. Huntington’s research activities include reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional ecological knowledge of marine mammals, examining Iñupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and Arctic marine mammals. Huntington has been involved in a number of international research programs, such as the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Program for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, and the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. He was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences committee on emerging research questions in the Arctic and a member of the Council of Canadian Academies panel on the state of knowledge of food security in the North. Huntington has written many academic and popular articles, as well as three books. He has made long trips in the Arctic by dog team, open boat, and snowmobile.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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J.S.
Lots of good info about visiting Alaska

I learned a lot about visiting Alaska. Where to go, what to do (and what not to do!).

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J.
Excellent presentation

I really enjoyed the presentation on Alaska - wonderful speaker and really well presented. Highly recommended

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L.T.
Intro to Alaska

Dr. Huntington provided a good overview of Alaska from the perspective of a local resident. He spoke from his own experiences camping,hiking and traveling throughout the state with his family He stated from the beginning that he was not a guide or a travel agent so anyone desiring more detailed trip or itinerary planning might not have come away with all the information that they would desire. His talk however was well organized and his slides were excellent.

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Alaska beyond the tourist spots

Dr Huntington did a good job of sharing his diverse first hand knowledge regarding travel in his own State. For me there was extensive focus on outdoors travel options/ activities, to the exclusion of historic areas of interest such as the gold rush and related history. Overall very good, lots of useful travel tips.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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J.S.
Lots of good info about visiting Alaska

I learned a lot about visiting Alaska. Where to go, what to do (and what not to do!).

J
J.
Excellent presentation

I really enjoyed the presentation on Alaska - wonderful speaker and really well presented. Highly recommended

L
L.T.
Intro to Alaska

Dr. Huntington provided a good overview of Alaska from the perspective of a local resident. He spoke from his own experiences camping,hiking and traveling throughout the state with his family He stated from the beginning that he was not a guide or a travel agent so anyone desiring more detailed trip or itinerary planning might not have come away with all the information that they would desire. His talk however was well organized and his slides were excellent.

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A.
Alaska beyond the tourist spots

Dr Huntington did a good job of sharing his diverse first hand knowledge regarding travel in his own State. For me there was extensive focus on outdoors travel options/ activities, to the exclusion of historic areas of interest such as the gold rush and related history. Overall very good, lots of useful travel tips.