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Conference outings

The Local Arrangements & Host Committee has planned some optional pre and post-conference field trips. To register, use the conference Registration Form.

Sunday, August 26

Alaska Native Heritage Center $45

Departs conference hotel at 8:45am; Returns by 12:30 pm. 3.5 hours total. Limited to 45 participants.

Located on the edge of Anchorage, the Alaska Native Heritage Center is an amazing interactive cultural experience that offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore a way of life unique to Alaska. More than a museum, the Center provides an opportunity to explore the indigenous cultures of Alaska firsthand—cultures that continue to adapt to modern society, yet still maintain a vibrant identity for the Native peoples of Alaska.

Visitors will get a private tour of these living cultures through storytelling, artist demonstrations, Native dance performances, Native games demonstrations, movies and more. Outside of the main facility, a meandering wooded path surrounding a picturesque lake guides visitors through six life-sized ancient dwellings representing the eleven culture groups of Alaska. Cultural representatives at each site share how Alaska Native peoples thrived in a harsh and unforgiving climate, what their daily lives were like, and how their cultures live today in a changing world.

Friday, August 31

Portage Glacier $100

Minimum 15 people to get group rate.

Departs conference hotel at 11:00am. Returns between 6:30-7:00pm. 7 hours total.

From Anchorage, travel by deluxe motor coach on the scenic Seward Highway to Portage Glacier. On your way there stop at Hotel Alyeska for a one-hour lunch break. Lunch is on your own but there is an optional lunch and tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska package available. Next stop Portage, where you will board the mv Ptarmigan for an unforgettable one-hour cruise across iceberg-dotted Portage Lake and the Portage Glacier. After the cruise, stop in at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. Afterwards, head back to Anchorage.