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TRACKS - Alternative Summer Break - Alaska

200pm Thursday - 1000am Friday
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings: Friday, March 11, 2016 from 8am - 9am, Location SRWC; Friday, June 3, 2016 from 1pm - 8pm, Location TBA; Friday, July 8, 2016 from 8am - 4pm, Location CSUSB LCCNorth to the Future Trip Category: Service Trips, Leadership Trips , Special Trips
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Applications are no longer being accepted.

Experience eight incredible days on the adventure of a lifetime! Discover the mountainous South Central area of Alaska during this all-encompassing summer service trip. Community service is a cornerstone of this trip. We will be providing service to people in need, the natural environment of Alaska, and some of its amazing wildlife. This remarkable trip to the Great Land gives you the opportunity to work for change, but we promises it will change you as well. Along our journey we will visit Anchorage, Seward, and Peterson Bay.

Applicants must be a student in Spring and Fall 2016 with a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to apply and attend this program. 


Rewarding Volunteer Service*
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies - preserve and beautify the coastal environment
Bean’s Café - prepare and serve a generous hot meal for those in need
Alaska SeaLife Center
Habitat for Humanity

Cultural and Adventure Highlights*
Whitewater Rafting Trip 6 Mile Creek
Kenai Fjords National Park Dinner Cruise
Kayak Tour of Peterson Bay
Cycle the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Sea Life Center


3 nights @ University Alaska Anchorage Resident Halls
2 nights @ Moby Dick Hostel, Seward
2 nights @ Peterson Bay Field Station, Homer, Yurts (no showers, composting toilets)

Flight Information
Long Beach at 745pm on jetBlue and arrive in Anchorage at 1158pm
Return Anchorage at 110am on jetBlue and arrive in Long Beach at 723am

Baggage Information
Participants are allowed to bring 1 checked bag, 1 carry-on bag. All checked bags must not exceed 62” (157.48 cm) in overall dimensions (length + width + height) and cannot exceed 50 pounds. Each participant may bring onboard a backpack, One will be provided for you. Space is limited in the vans and each participant will be limited to 2 bags. I checked bag and a backpack.


Day 1
Meet at CSUSB SRWC at 200pm, load vans and travel from CSUSB to Long Beach Airport to board flight to Anchorage Alaska. Once we land in Alaska, get our bags and rental vehicles we will check into the UA Anchorage Resident Halls where we will lodge for the next 3 night.

Day 2
After a grab n’ go breakfast we will drive to the Alaska Native Heritage Center to perform some volunteer service work. We will also have a chance to experience Alaska native culture firsthand at the center which features exhibits on traditional arts and science as well as performances of music, dance, and sports. In the afternoon we will vidit the Anchorage Museum.

Day 3
We’ll head out into the community for another morning of meaningful volunteer service and breakfast at Bean’s Cafe. After exploring the Anchorage MArket and Festival where we will have lunch, we will bike ride along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. After finishing up the day with dinner on your own in downtown Achorage we will head back to the resident halls to reflection on our experiences so far.

Day 4

Set your alarms early (6am), as we need to hit the road for a scenic drive from Anchorage to Homer. On the way to Sewardr we will stop for what will be one of the highlights of the trip, a whitewater rafting trip down Sixmile Creek.  This is Alaska’s premier whitewater raft trip, and one of the best in North America. After we dry off, it back on the road to Seward. After chacking into our hostel we will cruise on Resurrection Bay to Fox Island for a special dinner. On the cruise we will watch for puffins, cormorants and otters.

Day 5
After breakfast we will visit the Alaska SeaLife Center where we will have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska’s rich seas and diverse sea life. Our morning will also include some meaningful service for the local non-profit. In the afternoon we will hike to Exit Glacier.

Day 6
Today we depart Sewardt and head to Soldotna where we will work on a Habitat for Humanity project. In the afternoon we will depart for Homer. In Homer we will board a ferry and travel to Peterson Bay to check into out yurts. That night,  after dinner, we will explore the beach and have an evening campfire.

Day 7
Are you ready for more? Today we will start by exploring tide pools and the unique forest of the area. After lunch we will explore by kayak the waters of Kachemak Bay State Park. After dinner we will perform partake in service work for our host. We will then enjoy a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Day 8
It is time to pack up and start our journey home. We will depart by water taxi early to head back to Anchorage. Alonge the way we will stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Upon arriving in Anchorage we will have diner and hit the trail for one last awesome view form the top of Flattop Mountain. Then it is on to the airport to catch our flight back home.

Day 9
We take-off at 1:06am and arrive in LGB at 720am. We arrive back to CSUSB around 1000am.

*Activities, service and itinerary are subject to change without notice.

Cost $400
$150 Deposit Due April 1, 2016
$150 Payment Due May 1, 2016
$100 Payment Due June 1, 2016
(Cash, check and credit card payments made in person at the CSUSB SRWC or PDC Admin Offices)

About T.R.A.C.K.S.

Travel - Recreation - Adventure - Culture- Knowledge - Service

Funding for T.R.A.C.K.S. Service Trips is provided by ASI, the Office of Community Engagement, and Recreation and Wellness. Students can only attend one T.R.A.C.K.S. Alternative Break trip.

The TRACKS program at CSUSB enables students to engage communities locally and beyond, as they learn experientially about the value of service, innovation and leadership. In addition to addressing social issues, TRACKS participants explore and enjoy the cultural and recreational highlights of the areas we visit.




Open to Ages: 18+ or CSUSB student || Activity Level: Level 3 - Moderate, up to 4-6 hours of activity per day
$400 (open only to CSUSB students)