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Explore Resurrection Bay

Girls in Icy Fjords is a new expedition that took place for the first time in August 2017! By kayak, 8 young women explore Bear Glacier and its surrounding marine environment near Seward, AK. Accompanied by a sea kayak guide, professional scientist, and artists, the team learns about the important connection between glaciers and oceans. The different shades of blue, white and grey, the sounds of cracking ice, and the merging alpine and maritime smells provide a perfect playground to improve scientific observational skills, get a close look at a quickly changing environment, reflect thoughts and senses in drawings, become more self-confident in unknown territory, and build friendships for a lifetime.

Girls in Icy Fjords brings together a team of eight girls representing many different lifestyles, cultures, and levels of outdoor experience. Applications will be considered in tandem with those for the other Inspiring Girls Expeditions so that the most diverse teams of girls can be selected for each program.


Every year, the day-to-day details of the expedition change due to weather and sea conditions in Resurrection Bay. Here is a little snippet of the basic itinerary:

  • Day 1: Meet the team in Anchorage, drive to Seward, and camp out in a forested area near Seward
  • Day 2: Learn about sea kayaking gear and basic sea kayaking skills, and hike along the coast
  • Day 3: Take a sea taxi to Bear Glacier, set up camp, briefly explore lake by kayak
  • Day 4-9: Explore the lake, icebergs, glacier, and marine environment, while learning how to sea kayak, testing out fun science experiments and looking at nature through the lens of an artist
  • Day 10: Pack up, take sea taxi back to Seward and sleep at the Alaska Sealife Center
  • Day 11: Stay at the Alaska Sealife Center while wrapping up science, art, and reflection activities
  • Day 12: Enjoy final morning of activities together before heading home


Summer 2017 Expedition


(all photos shown here are by E Pettit)


Dr. Claudine Hauri, a chemical oceanographer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, dreamed of starting an expedition that followed the mission of Girls on Ice, but was uniquely adapted to a marine ecosystem. As an active member of the Girls on Ice leadership team, and an instructor over several years, she wanted to introduce girls to her science. With the help of Erin Pettit, the founder of Girls on Ice, and a grant from the National Science foundation, Girls in Icy Fjords was born. The first expedition occurred in August 2017. 



You must be 16 or 17 on June 1, 2018

We accept applications from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and countries not identified as high income economies here. We give strong preference to applicants currently living in the U.S., regardless of their citizenship. While we accept international applications, we rarely select more than one applicant living outside the U.S. on any expedition. 

Learn more about applying here and click below to start the application process.