Chugach Children’s Forest Blog

Welcome to a page for kids, parents, teachers, partners, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Chugach Children’s Forest. Read about our programs and expeditions, and see photos and videos from previous trips and expeditions.

Watch: CCF Teens Deliver Incredible Speeches in DC

Children's Forest teens meet Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan This past winter, four Alaska teens traveled to DC to celebrate the lighting of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree and share their experiences as Chugach Children’s Forest participants. While in DC the youth met with the Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, and other Forest Service staff and the Alaska congressional … Read More

Chugach Children’s Forest Alum Joins AKGEO’s Education Staff

We are thrilled to welcome Reth Duir, Chugach Children’s Forest, SCA, and NOLS alum - and one of the Arctic Youth Ambassadors - to our education staff! Reth will be working part-time to help implement our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Urban Refuges grant with the US Fish & Wildlife Service; “Empowering Anchorage’s youth through outdoor leadership development to bring a diversity … Read More

CCF Teens Share their Voice in Washington DC

(Photo Credit: The Joy Trip Project) Isabel, Tristan, Noelani, and Gloria are four Alaskan teens who traveled to Washington DC as representatives of the Chugach Children’s Forest. The occasion? To celebrate the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which made a 4,000-mile cross-country journey from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest to the nation’s capitol. In addition to participating … Read More

Chugach Children’s Forest Featured on USDA Blog

Chugach Children's Forest teens Isabelle, Gloria, Noelani, and Tristan recently traveled to Washington DC to participate in the Capitol Christmas Tree celebrations and share their experiences from Chugach Children's Forest expeditions with Forest Service leadership. Their trip was featured on the USDA Blog! Check it out here: USDA Blog   … Read More

Alaskan Youth Travel to DC for Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony

This week Alaskan youth traveled to DC to celebrate the lighting of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree and share their experiences with the Chugach Children's Forest. Each year since 1970 the Capitol Christmas tree has come from one of the country's National Forests. This year the tree came from the Chugach National Forest and was the first tree to come from Alaska! Along with the tree, Alaskans sent … Read More

Peer to Peer Outreach for the Children’s Forest

After having awesome (some have even said, "life-changing") experiences on Chugach Children's Forest Habitat Restoration Kayak Expeditions in Prince William Sound, the teen participants come back from their trips excited to do more with the Children's Forest! For many of the participants, the trips mark their first time camping, hiking, cooking meals outside, etc. They come back craving more … Read More

New Youth Video Highlights Laughter and Learning

Our latest youth-produced video about the Chugach Children's Forest shows some of the wild adventures and wonderful experiences our students have while out exploring wilderness in Southcentral Alaska! Video and photography by Molly Schouweiler, Angela Castillo, and Sydney Treuer. Produced by Sydney Treuer. … Read More

Celebrating An Awesome Summer of Stewardship!

On September 27th, the Chugach Children's Forest celebrated five summer expeditions and a variety of other events. The night included youth speakers, new youth-produced media, youth art, appreciation awards for youth and for Chugach National Forest Wilderness Rangers Tim and Barbara Lydon in appreciation for their above and beyond efforts to engage Alaskan youth in public lands stewardship and … Read More

Chugach Children’s Forest Alumni Receive Scholarships for NOLS Courses

Alaska Geographic is a proud “Gateway Partner” of NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. This means that Alaska Geographic has the opportunity to nominate teens from our youth programs for full scholarships to participate in NOLS Courses, which take people on incredible expeditions to remote parts of Alaska and beyond where they learn leadership skills and outdoor skills like packrafting, … Read More

A Peak into how Chugach Children’s Forest Students are Giving Back! The 2015 summer expeditions have come to an end, so it's time to look back on all the awesome fun we had! Chugach Children's Forest students don’t just experience the places they explore, they give back and act as stewards of the land! This June, an expedition took teens from rural and urban communities across Alaska – many of whom had never camped or kayaked - … Read More