Refuge Discovery Trips

Explore one of Alaska’s 16 National Wildlife Refuges with Refuge staff and other Friends members.  Experience the refuge as a visitor would only with insider guidance.  Camp and travel by canoes, rafts, boats or by foot.  Some trips will include a volunteer project.  All will include meeting refuge staff, learning about the refuge and getting ideas for future volunteer opportunities.  The purpose of these trips is to give you an opportunity to really know one of the refuges and their staff and other Friends members.  Trips will vary in length, difficulty and expense.  Participants will share expenses for food and transportation when necessary.  This is a members only opportunity.  Join here.

To share your ideas for trips you would like to see for 2023 or beyond or for more information contact Poppy Benson, Outreach Coordinator,

Current Opportunities

July 15 – 23, 2024  This Trip is Full
Float the Kisaralik River with Friends Discover the vast Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge on the crystal clear and fish-rich Kisaralik River.  We will land by float plane on stunning Kisaralik Lake in the Kilbuck mountains and float down in 8 days and 7 nights  to the productive lowlands that make the Delta the top producer for the nations waterfowl and shorebirds.  Varied habitat and riparian corridors offer diverse birding opportunities.  Fishing is superb.  We will have hiking days.  This guided trip will feature a comfortable camp and gourmet food.  We will spend one day in Bethel pre-float to meet with refuge staff and learn about the cultural life of the Delta which is home to the Yupik people. Cost for the float is  $5600 of which $200 is a donation to Friends.  You must be a member.  Limited to 8.  Find the details at the above link.

Future Opportunities

Summer of 2025
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge; Dates, cost, activities TBD

Past Opportunities: