Sitka Conservation Society

Follow the SCS Wilderness crew into the wilds!

The Wilderness crew spends countless hours traveling through some of the most wild places in the country to collect data for the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  Now you can expeience the adventure too!  Follow the links below to follow the crew in real-time, see videos, slideshows and reports from recent trips, and even get live-updates from the field.

Track the crew- each expedition team carries a SPOT GPS tracking device.  Click the link below to see where the crew is right now.

Expeditions- visit our interactive map of the Tongass to see where past expeditions have gone.  Click on white markers for Wilderness Project trips.  Also be sure to check out recent trip posts below.

Recent Expeditions:

  • Announcing: Benefit Sailing Trip to West Chichagof

    Announcing: Benefit Sailing Trip to West Chichagof

    Explore West Chichagof Wilderness with Sitka Conservation Society and Sound Sailing Join us to explore the spectacular and wild coast of West Chichagof-Yakobi Island Wilderness aboard a comfortable 50’ sailing yacht!  And help raise funds for Sitka Conservation Society! We will be travelling from Juneau to Sitka aboard the modern, fast, and roomy S/V BOB [...]

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  • Wilderness Volunteers Needed

    Wilderness Volunteers Needed

    Interested in volunteering with the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project?  This year we’ll have a number of opportunities for you to get into the field with SCS staff and USFS Wilderness Rangers to help collect monitoring data, remove invasive weeds, and enjoy our amazing Wilderness areas. Below are the trips and dates with spots available for [...]

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  • Leave No Trace Trainer Course: June 8 and 9

    Leave No Trace Trainer Course: June 8 and 9

    Saturday, June 8th and Sunday June 9th (we will be camping overnight at Starrigavan Campground, Sitka) Description:  This course will allow participants to learn, practice, and teach the principles of Leave-No-Trace outdoor ethics and will certify participants as LNT Trainers.  The Leave-No-Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization dedicated to teaching people how [...]

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  • SCS Summer Boat Tours Start June 1st

    SCS Summer Boat Tours Start June 1st

    The first of six boat tours to take place throughout the summer.  Mark your calendars! June 1st, Saturday 10am June 11th, Tuesday 5:30pm – Cancelled June 27th, Thursday 5:30pm July 23rd, Tuesday 5:30pm August 13th, Tuesday 5:30pm Check back soon for more information on tour topics and speakers.  See you on the boat!   A [...]

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  • Backwoods Lecture: 300 Years of Wilderness

    Backwoods Lecture: 300 Years of Wilderness

    Ever wonder where the idea of wilderness came from? Follow the first explorers of Alaska, like Georg Steller, the German naturalist aboard the S/V Gabriel with Vitus Bering upon the first “discovery” of Alaska’s coast or the Episcopal priest Hudson Struck who made the first ascent of Denali, as they struggle to frame their experiences [...]

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  • Expedition: Outer Island Survey

    Expedition: Outer Island Survey

    This expedition is part of Sitka Conservation Society’s Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  The Project, begun in 2009, is a partnership between SCS and the Tongass National Forest Service to collect base-line data on the ecological conditions and human impacts to designated Wilderness areas.  The Tongass NF in Southeast Alaska is the nation’s largest National Forest [...]

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  • Expedition: Lake Benzeman 2012

    Expedition: Lake Benzeman 2012

       Lake Benzeman is located approximately 35 miles SE of Sitka by boat in the South Baranof Wilderness Area. Botanist Jonathan Goff, SCS member Diana Saverin, and volunteer Paul Killian made the trip down late on a Friday afternoon. The following morning they broke down their tents, inflated their packrafts, and set out to paddle to [...]

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  • My Alaskan Experience: Nora McGinn

    My Alaskan Experience: Nora McGinn

    Nora McGinn is a Junior in the Environmental Studies program at Knox College in Illinois.      

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  • Wilderness Volunteer’s Reflection

    Wilderness Volunteer’s Reflection

    Ricky Sablan is a law enforcement ranger with the Sitka National Historical Park.  He joined the SCS Wilderness crew on a Community Wilderness Stewardship Project expedition to South Baranof Wilderness in the summer of 2012.  Be sure to check out his videos from the trip below. Walking onto a boat called “The Gust”, we loaded [...]

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  • Sitka, AK – Where Theory Meets Practice

    Sitka, AK – Where Theory Meets Practice

    In July of 2012, thirteen undergraduate students from Knox College embarked on a 15-day wilderness expedition into the wilds of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.  The trip was part of a semester long course entitled “Alaska: Forest, Fisheries, and the Politics of Wilderness”.  The course entailed an in-depth study of the history of natural resource [...]

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