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Alaska Travel News Bulletin
November 1, 2011

In this November Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. New Ketchikan tour teaches wilderness survival
2. Learn the ropes from an Iditarod champion
3. Master a new skill at Alaska Folk School
4. Steamboat tour features Juneau’s mining history

1.  New Ketchikan tour teaches wilderness survival

Travelers can learn how to survive in the Alaska wilderness and take part in a research project to help sustain the Alaska seafood industry. The Alaskan Wilderness Survival tour, offered by Allen Marine Tours in Ketchikan, takes guests to a remote island for a short guided hike through an old-growth forest where they are taught survival skills such as how to build a shelter, identify wild edibles and light a fire. Back aboard the expedition catamaran, guests will pursue the green crab, an invasive species that has become a threat to the local ecosystem. Travelers will haul sampling crab pots, look for evidence of green crabs and record findings for the University of Alaska. For more information, contact www.allenmarinetours.com.

Media contact:
Contact: Deby Santos, Allen Marine Tours, Inc.
Phone: 907-225-8100
Email: ketchikaninfo@allenmarine.com
URL: www.allenmarinetours.com

2. Learn the ropes from an Iditarod champion
2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion John Baker is teaming up with the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage to teach visitors about the state’s official sport, dog mushing. Team Baker Tours will present the history of the sled dog from its historical significance among indigenous Arctic people to modern day recreational racing. Visitors will also play with puppies, learn how to harness a team, enjoy a dog cart ride and hear stories from veteran Iditarod mushers. The presentations will begin on May 6, 2012. For more information, visit www.alaskanative.net.

Media contact:
Contact: Dave Farve, Alaska Native Heritage Center
Phone: 907-330-8055
Twitter: @ANHC
Email: dfarve@alaskanative.net
URL: www.alaskanative.net

3. Master a new skill at Alaska Folk School

Visitors yearning for a taste of the simple life can take a class at the Alaska Folk School while visiting Talkeetna. The Northern Susitna Institute recently opened a folk school to teach traditional skills such as sustainable agriculture, woodworking, fiber arts, dance, ceramics, antler basket weaving, blacksmithing and more. Talkeetna is a former gold-mining town located 115 miles north of Anchorage and showcases its early Alaska flavor with log cabins, a roadhouse and Mount McKinley looming in the background. Folk classes began in September 2011 and continue through the winter. A class schedule can be found at http://northernsusitnainstitute.org/alaska-folk-school.

Media Contacts:
Contact: Diane Ziegner, Alaska Folk School director
Phone: 907-733-7111
Email: diane@northernsusitnainstitute.org
URL: http://northernsusitnainstitute.org

4. Steamboat tour features Juneau’s mining history

Visitors can tour on Alaska's only wood-burning passenger steamboat with the Juneau Steamboat Company. The cruises down the Gastineau Channel offer tales of Juneau’s early mining history from the illustrious Captain John against the backdrop of southeast Alaska’s coastal environment. In 2012, children’s activities will be available on all tours, including a kid’s steering helm and onboard games. Special evening dessert and date-night cruises include dessert elegantly served on silver dinnerware. Small groups are encouraged to call ahead for custom tours. The fleet of two boats carries up to 16 people each on scheduled departures or custom tours. Tickets are available on any Princess Cruises ship, at the Mount Roberts Tram or by calling 907-723-0372. For more information, visit www.juneausteamboat.com.

Media Contacts:
Contact: John George, Juneau Steamboat Company
Phone: 907-723-0372
Email: juneausteamboat@gmail.com
URL: www.juneausteamboat.com

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