Northern excursion promises education, culture and adventure
October 03, 2013

Dr. Trudy Bergere, a professor in the University Partnership Centre at Georgian College, and student Krista Dempster aren't getting ready for winter in their parkas and mittens, they're getting ready for an 18-day excursion to British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. An information session

Dr. Trudy Bergere, a professor in the University Partnership Centre at Georgian College, and student Krista Dempster aren’t getting ready for winter in their parkas and mittens, they’re getting ready for an 18-day excursion to British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is preparing a custom program of environmental education adventures for an 18-day excursion being planned by Dr. Trudy Bergere, a professor in the University Partnership Centre at Georgian College.

“There are so many things we can do,” said Bergere. “We may have the opportunity to visit a permafrost tunnel full of artifacts, which you need special permission to do. We also plan to dialogue with one of the First Peoples of Canada about their relationship with nature, the earth and animals.”

An information session about the trip, which will include stops in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska, will be held at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in Room M110 (Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences).

Not only will it be a trip to a true wilderness, it will be an exploration into scientific and cultural research, said Bergere. The idea for the trip started as an opportunity for Bergere’s students. She is also inviting the public on the excursion, which begins in May, 2014.

“Something else that’s evolved while planning this trip is the chance to have dinner with a local family in Fairbanks, Alaska and enjoy a cultural exchange. Participants will visit a home in groups of two to four and pay for dinner through a fundraiser that puts money directly back into the community.”

Other new adventures in the planning stages include trips to a rocket range, a muskox farm and a gold mine. Final details are being sorted out, but the trip would cost in the range of $5,000 to $6,500 per person and will include a maximum of 18 people.

For further information, call Trudy Bergere at 705-728-1968, ext. 5495, or email trudy.bergere@georgiancollege.ca.