Are you a teacher or professor seeking an extraordinary living-learning opportunity for your students? Beginning in 2020, the Arete Project will pilot short-term courses for schools, college, universities, and nonprofit partners.

Gustavus, Alaska is the gateway community to Glacier Bay National Park, sitting at the intersection of the park and the northernmost stretch of the Inside Passage. With a year-round population of only 400, the town is a wealth of local knowledge. Between the vibrancy of the community and the dynamism of the landscape, Gustavus is an ideal launching pad for the study of ecology, geology, nature writing, environmental history, climate change, Alaska Native culture, natural resource management, and community politics. The town affords easy access to the National Park, the Tongass National Forest, and the larger communities of Juneau, Sitka, and Hoonah.

Our campus – 18 acres of meadow, forest, and river – sits on the western outskirts of town, immediately contiguous with the largest swath of protected land on earth. Rustic yet comfortable accommodations give students a taste of the rural Alaskan experience.

We are happy to work with partner institutions to craft a program that meets your particular desires and needs. That said, we strive to develop programs in keeping with our educational model, integrating academics, labor, self-governance, and outdoor expeditions. We anticipate that most courses will run five to ten days in Gustavus. This may comprise either all or part of their experience in Alaska. In the months leading up to the program, the Arete Project will work with faculty leaders and school officials to design course content appropriate to student developmental levels and taking into full account the natural and cultural resources of the community. A table of potential activities and course themes is below. Though short, these courses will nevertheless inoculate students with the transformative power of this place and program.

For further information, please contact the Executive Director at laura@areteproject.org.

sample schedule