Alaska Geographic Association

Your connection to Alaska's Public Lands

aka Alaska Geographic   |   Anchorage, AK   |  www.akgeo.org

Mission

Alaska Geographic inspires appreciation of, engagement with, and support for Alaska’s public lands by working in partnership with public land agencies to create and deliver exceptional educational programs and products.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Andy Hall

Main address

421 W 1st Ave, Suite 250

Anchorage, AK 99501 USA

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Formerly known as

Alaska Natural History Association

EIN

92-0043154

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

2020: Alaska’s National Parks, Refuges, Forests, and Conservation Lands offer incomparable beauty and boundless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Today, these public lands are at a crossroads, facing complicated ecological and social challenges, a steep incline in visitation, and a generation that interacts with public lands in non-traditional ways. Many of Alaska’s public lands are difficult to access and fall prey to being overlooked, underappreciated, and neglected in funding and support.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Denali Education Program

The Denali Education Program works in close partnership with the National Park Service to provide a full menu of educational offerings and science communication services in Alaska's National Parks. Field courses, teacher and professional training, speaker events, tourism services, youth camps for underserved audiences, k-12 residential & distance education programs, park publications, and education grants are some of the ways the Denali Education Program focuses on providing research, discovery, and learning opportunities within Alaska's National Parks.

Population(s) Served

The Chugach Children’s Forest introduces diverse, young Alaskans to their wild backyard. Despite the abundance of wild places in Alaska, many Alaskan youth have never ventured outside their local communities to explore Alaska’s vast expanse of public lands. The Chugach Children’s Forest empowers and enables Alaska youth to explore these wild places that are so close, yet so far. We address the obstacles that prevent underrepresented youth from becoming engaged in the outdoors. We overcome these barriers to engagement and give Alaska youth what is thought of as an “Alaska experience” – full of outdoor adventure! Activities associated with the Chugach Children’s Forest are designed to promote learning in varied environments during all seasons and among groups representing the diversity of national forest visitors

Population(s) Served

The U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors (AYA) program provides a platform for young Alaskans to raise awareness about life in the changing Arctic, and to participate in meaningful discussions about Arctic issues, strategies, and policies. The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program brings together diverse youth from across Alaska to serve as ambassadors for their communities and country in building awareness at home and abroad about life in the Arctic. Arctic Youth Ambassadors have been involved in programs and meetings around Alaska, in other states, and as far as Norway, Iceland, and France. Through interviews, media coverage, and blogs, their stories are spreading far and wide, raising awareness about the changing Arctic and inspiring greater public involvement. AYA is a partnership program between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Geographic.

Population(s) Served

Alaska Geographic produces books and other interpretive Alaska public land-themed materials which are offered for sale through our more than 30 educational stores located in public lands visitor centers across Alaska. Proceeds from these stores support education and stewardship projects at these sites.

We produce and distribute complimentary Visitor Guides for Alaska public lands. These included guides for Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, 6,000 copies/year, the Dalton Highway, 10,000 copies biennially, Iditarod National Historic Trail, 10,000 copies triennially, and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, 10,000 copies biennially. Alaska Geographic produces 200,000 tour booklets annually at Denali National Park & Preserve. Bear Facts, a free brochure about safe behavior in bear country, is produced and then distributed across the state.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Public Lands Alliance 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

2020: As the nonprofit partner to all of Alaska’s National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, and BLM lands, Alaska Geographic aims to overcome barriers and inspire increased appreciation of, engagement with, and support for Alaska’s public lands. We accomplish this by working in partnership with public lands agencies to connect people with Alaska's parks, forests, and conservation lands through the creation and delivery of exceptional products and programs. These products and programs provide visitors and local communities with greater opportunities to learn about and personally experience iconic places like Denali National Park, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Chugach National Forest, and the many public lands along the Dalton Highway. We further provide opportunities for people to give back to their favorite places by donating or volunteering to help with stewardship projects and education programs across Alaska.

2020: Alaska Geographic is the non-profit partner of Alaska’s public lands agencies, playing an essential role in supporting these lands by providing educational programs and products, innovation in community collaboration, and funding for critical projects. Our success involves several coordinated approaches:

a. Providing site-specific educational and stewardship programs for visitors and local communities.

b. Providing leadership training and mentoring for Alaskan youth.

c. Create and sell interpretive products that educate people about Alaska’s public lands, enhance the visitor experience, and provide financial support to these wild places.

d. Raising funding to assist with priority educational and stewardship projects in parks, refuges, forests, and BLM lands.

e. Fostering collaboration between community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and public lands agencies.

2020: Alaska Geographic provides expertise in educational programming, youth leadership, collaboration-building, project management, and retail management.

2020: How do we know we’re making a difference?

• Students in our youth programs stay involved, return as volunteers, and grow into internships, college programs and jobs related to conservation. Over 100 teens complete our wilderness and leadership programs each year.

• Our partnerships with local schools and colleges are expanding, with a growing interest in hands-on learning with real-world problems, and a need for a partner who can facilitate working successfully and safely with public lands. We serve over 1,000 students each year.

• In 2019 Alaska Geographic provided more than $215,000 in grants and funding to our public lands partners through earned revenue proceeds and raised more than $450,000 in grants and funding including $65,000 in donations.

• Other organizations seek our advice on building and sustaining successful education and youth leadership programs.

• Our youth leadership and education programs are award-winning and receive national and international recognition and replication.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alaska Geographic Association

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Samuel Dennis

Retired

Term: 2017 -

Marcy Baker

Paula Davis

Retired Teacher

Margie MacNeille

Retired

Kari Gardey

Nonprofit Executive

Paul Anderson

Bonni Brooks

Julie Hirt

Germaine Salmine

Ralph Samuels

Holland America Group

Tim Wiepking

Jonathon Katcher

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes