Homer Wilderness Leaders offers outdoor education classes

Posted on January 28, 2014 

Homer Wilderness Leaders offers outdoor education presentations in Anchorage schools

Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) will be presenting essential Alaskan wilderness and stewardship information to schools in Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula this spring. HoWL is a non-profit organization, founded in 2009, dedicated to empowering young leaders by providing outdoor, experiential education through fun and dynamic adventures in Alaska. Since 2009, HoWL has led over 500 students into the wild places of Alaska through day trips and multi-day expeditions, which include activities like backpacking, camping, rock climbing, and canoeing. 

This spring, HoWL is offering dynamic and interactive presentations in elementary and middle schools throughout Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. HoWL teaches “Leave No Trace” principles, designed to promote conservation in the outdoors, and encourages all youth to be stewards of the earth. HoWL staff and high-school-aged peer leaders will be introducing these concepts to students along with introducing them to the HoWL “DiRtBaG” (Discount Rates for Boys and Girls) program.  HoWL’s “DiRtBaG” program participants are eligible for merit-based scholarships for Howl’s summer expeditions and day trips. DiRtBaGers earn these scholarships by picking up litter throughout their communities. 

Preparing for the unexpected can mean the difference between life and death in Alaska. HoWL teaches students to be prepared by making and maintaining survival kits, packed with an assortment of survival essentials. Bear safety and precautions when traveling in bear populated areas will be included in the school workshops. HoWL’s vision is to expand these school presentations throughout the state of Alaska to encourage youth to be prepared and conscientious leaders in their own community and across the Last Frontier.  

Any schools interested in having an environmental stewardship and wilderness survival presentation should contact HoWL Inc. at howl@howlalaska.org or (907) 399-4695.


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