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The first Girls in Icy Fjords team gathers for a photo in 2017. Photo by Erin Pettit
The first Girls in Icy Fjords team gathers for a photo in 2017. Photo by Erin Pettit

Application period opens for Inspiring Girls Expeditions

Applications for the 2019 Inspiring Girls Expeditions are now being taken. Start your application by Friday, Feb. 1, to join this summer's tuition-free, no-experience-necessary wilderness science education programs.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions seeks 16- and 17-year-old girls passionate about science, art or wilderness exploration. Alaska-based applicants are encouraged to apply, as are girls who may not otherwise receive such an opportunity.

Alaska expeditions will explore the Gulkana Glacier and kayak in Kachemak Bay or Resurrection Bay. Additional expeditions will investigate other places in Alaska, Washington, Colorado, Canada and Switzerland.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions empowers young women to lead and succeed through science, art and wilderness exploration. Young women engage in scientific fieldwork with a diverse team of peers and professional scientists, mountain guides and artists. They work with an all-female team in a wilderness setting. Girls connect with each other and the natural world to foster critical thinking, self-confidence and advocacy for Earth science.

Expeditions of eight to nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 12 days exploring and doing scientific field studies in an alpine landscape or fjord. Girls develop their own scientific experiments, practice art and learn wilderness travel skills while building lifelong relationships. They learn to use observation and inference to recognize the processes that create the natural world.

For more information or to learn more about the application process, please visit

CONTACT: Sarah Clement at or 907-474-7759


CONTACT: Sue Mitchell, 907-474-5823,



Sue Mitchell, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, 907-474-5823,