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Inspiring Girls* Expeditions Alaska: Teaching Science and Art with Nature's Guidance

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Schaible Auditorium, UAF
(Located in the Bunnell Building, 323 Tanana Loop. Nearby parking: Bunnell Building, Bursar's Office, and Usibelli Building. Parking is always free after 5 p.m. )

pictured - speakers Sarah Clement (left) & Joanna Young (right); Sarah is wearing a blue jacket and is standing in front of a lake and hill with snow layered on foliage with spruce trees; Joanna is wearing a puffy black winter jacket and tricolored headband and sunglasses smiling in front of a snowy hill
Sarah Clement, Ph.D. candidate, UAF; program coordinator, Inspiring Girls Expeditions Alaska
Joanna Young, postdoctoral fellow, UAF; director, Inspiring Girls Expeditions Alaska

What do you get when you package a 12-day backcountry adventure with a seasoned outdoor guide, a field science expedition with professional scientists and an opportunity to create artwork under the guidance of an expert expeditionary artist? Meet Inspiring Girls* Expeditions Alaska, a unique, free, science/art/outdoor education program for high school youths offered through the International Arctic Research Center. 

Each summer, Inspiring Girls* takes teams of four to five instructors and nine participants into remote and stunning corners of Alaska to build curiosity, creativity and courage through scientific and artistic exploration. More than just a fun experience, these expeditions connect youth with science and nature. Our approach is rooted in our own and others' research in science, outdoor and environmental education and is intended to break down barriers that prevent marginalized youths from accessing science and the outdoors.

Join us to learn how Inspiring Girls is reimagining inclusivity in the scientific and outdoor fields through a once-in-a-lifetime learning adventure.


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*Inspiring Girls* Expeditions welcomes cisgender girls and transgender, agender, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and genderqueer youth