Press Program

The press program for the Week of the Arctic is open to all Alaska media and journalists traveling to Alaska for the Arctic Council ministerial meeting. In addition to scheduled meetings May 8-11 and several press briefings, the program includes free Fairbanks region tours and research, scientific and cultural opportunities designed specifically for journalists. Please review the options below and then visit the excursion signup form for a visual guide to press excursions and to sign up. Space is limited on many of the opportunities, so advance reservations are required.  

Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday

Sunday, May 7

6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. - Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

Full day guided tour from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle and back. Hear the story of Alaska’s Arctic from your guide while traveling and at various stops. Enjoy stunning views of wildlife, the Arctic tundra, Yukon River, Trans Alaska Pipeline and take photos at and above the Arctic Circle.  
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

9 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Denali Tour

Denali is the highest peak in North America. During this full day guided tour, you’ll travel at least 12 miles into Denali National Park and Preserve where you’ll enjoy a short hike for potential views of wildlife and the mountain. You’ll also visit with a Park Ranger at the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Chena Hot Springs tour

Only 60 miles from Fairbanks, this world renowned resort offers rest and relaxation in a natural mineral hot springs, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit. Tour the world’s largest year-round ice museum featuring spectacular ice carvings. Geothermal renewable energy tours are available during the daytime tours.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

1 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Arctic Circle Air Adventure

A five hour journey by air across the Arctic Circle. Land in Coldfoot and spend three hours on the ground with a guide who will share the history of the region as well as present day life as you visit Wiseman, the only community lived in year-round along the Dalton Highway.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

Monday, May 8

7 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

Full day guided tour from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle and back. Hear the story of Alaska’s Arctic from your guide while traveling and at various stops. Enjoy stunning views of wildlife, the Arctic tundra, Yukon River, Trans Alaska Pipeline and take photos at and above the Arctic Circle.  
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

9 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Denali Tour

Denali is the highest peak in North America. During this full day guided tour, you’ll travel at least 12 miles into Denali National Park and Preserve where you’ll enjoy a short hike for potential views of wildlife and the mountain. You’ll also visit with a Park Ranger at the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Long term ecological research site visit

Tour the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed, discuss the impacts of climate change and wildfire on the ecology of the boreal forest. The Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed has been the site for long-term hydrologic and ecological research since 1969, and has been home to a number of long-term studies.  Most recently, the watershed will be a core site for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), which is a new environmental observatory being built across the United States.
Special conditions: This tour will visit an off-road research site. Outdoor clothing and footwear is required. Please bring a sack lunch or snacks, as well as drinking water.
Limit: 22. Contact: Sonnary Campbell, 907-474-7811

10 a.m. - noon  - Cold Climate Housing Research Center tour

Visit the CCHRC research and testing facility to see the most advanced energy efficient technologies and innovative heating systems being used throughout the North.
Limit: 10. Contact: Molly Rettig, 907-450-1772

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Chena Hot Springs tour

Only 60 miles from Fairbanks, this world renowned resort offers rest and relaxation in a natural mineral hot springs, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit. Tour the world’s largest year-round ice museum featuring spectacular ice carvings. Geothermal renewable energy tours are available during the daytime tours.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

2 - 6 p.m. - Permafrost and infrastructure tour

Friday tour seats still available

Visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permafrost tunnel and permafrost-affected locations around Fairbanks. Hear from scientists and engineers who study permafrost, its effects on infrastructure and how we are adapting to those changes in the Arctic and Subarctic.
Special conditions: The permafrost tunnel and other locations will be dusty and muddy. Please wear casual clothing and appropriate footwear.
Limit: 15. Contact: Marmian Grimes, 907-474-7902 or Jeff Richardson, 907-474-6284

3 - 4 p.m. - Alaska Center for Energy and Power lab tour

ACEP’s Power Systems Integration Lab is capable of testing a wide range of microgrid and distributed power generation scenarios, which is especially relevant to many of the Arctic’s small communities. Examples include next generation utility energy storage such as innovative battery systems and flywheel technology, diesel-off operation, power electronics development and testing, and model verification.
Limit: 10. Contact: Marcia Cassino, 907-474-5402

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Tuesday, May 9

9 - 10 a.m. or 10 - 11 a.m. - Alaska Center for Energy and Power lab tour

ACEP’s Power Systems Integration Lab is capable of testing a wide range of microgrid and distributed power generation scenarios, which is especially relevant to many of the Arctic’s small communities. Examples include next generation utility energy storage such as innovative battery systems and flywheel technology, diesel-off operation, power electronics development and testing, and model verification.
Limit: 10. Contact: Marcia Cassino, 907-474-5402

9 - 11 a.m. - Cold Climate Housing Research Center tour

Visit the CCHRC research and testing facility to see the most advanced energy efficient technologies and innovative heating systems being used throughout the North.
Limit: 10. Contact: Molly Rettig, 907-450-1772

10 a.m. - noon - Reindeer Research Program visit

See the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ research herd up close and learn about the program’s research and outreach that focuses on building a reindeer industry in the state of Alaska. This is the only reindeer research program affiliated with a university in the United States.
Special conditions: It could be muddy so appropriate footwear is advised.
Limit: 25. Contact: Debbie Carter 907-474-5406 or Marmian Grimes 907-474-7902.

2 – 2:30 p.m.  - Arctic Economic Council press availability - UAF Akasofu Building Room 501

The Arctic Economic Council will be holding its annual meeting in Fairbanks Alaska, Tuesday May 9 at the Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The Executive Committee will be available to speak with members of the media following the annual meeting.
Contact: Bianca Maria Johansen, bianca@arcticeconomiccouncil.com, 0047 95 86 59 79.

7 - 9 p.m. - “We Breathe Again” documentary film screening and panel discussion

Registration closed

In a landscape as dramatic as its stories, “We Breathe Again” intimately explores the lives of ​four Alaska Native people, each confronting the impacts of ​intergenerational trauma and suicide. A panel discussion with members of the production team and film participants will follow.
Limit: 10. Contact: Leona Long, 474-5086

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Wednesday, May 10

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Press availability: Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic  

Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Engineering Building atrium

This week in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) – a Working Group of the Arctic Council – reports the findings and key messages to the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting from the four-year assessment project, Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA). Several members of the AACA project team will be available to speak with press Wednesday, May 10 at 10:15 a.m. in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Engineering Building atrium. See a map at http://bit.ly/wota-press-map.

Contact: Marmian Grimes, 907-460-4750, mlgrimes@alaska.edu

12:30- 1:30 p.m. - Press availability: Arctic 21 – “What is the Arctic we need to sustain the global climate system?”  

Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Engineering Building atrium

Representatives from Arctic 21, a network of environmental organizations, scientists and research institutions, will be available to speak with press in advance of the Thursday Arctic 21 workshop. The workshop will examine the impact that climate change is having on the Arctic and the planet and the response from institutions including the Arctic Council and others. See a map at http://bit.ly/wota-press-map.

Contact: David McGlinchey, Woods Hole Research Center, 508-524-3205, dmcglinchey@whrc.org

3:45-4:45 p.m. - Press briefing: The Álgu Fund to Strengthen Indigenous Voice in the Arctic Council

Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Engineering Building atrium

Representatives of the Aleut, Athabaskans, Gwich’in, Saami, and over forty Russian Indigenous nations will come together to sign the formal documents to create The Álgu Fund, a charitable foundation formed on the belief that decisions made about the Arctic should be shaped by those who have lived there since time immemorial and be inclusive of their cultures, traditions, and knowledge. ee a map at http://bit.ly/wota-press-map.

Contact: Sara French info@algufund.org, +14163161129, www.algufund.org

4:15-5:15 p.m. - Celebration of the Arctic media briefing

Location: Worthington Building, 302 Cushman Street, downtown Fairbanks

This community reception and media briefing will take place on the second floor of the Worthington Building, 302 Cushman Street, downtown Fairbanks.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres hosted by Explore Fairbanks. Transportation will be provided from media host hotels as well as from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Thursday, May 11

Arctic Council Ministerial 

Location: Carlson Center, 210 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska

(all times approximate and subject to change)

7:30 a.m  - 5 p.m. - Press filing center open

4 p.m. - Press availability: Arctic Mayors

Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Butrovich Building Room 109 (West Ridge)

Participants in the Arctic Mayors’ Roundtable will be available to speak with members of the press following their meeting.  Read more about the roundtable.

 

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Friday, May 12

6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. - Arctic Circle Drive Adventure

Full day guided tour from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle and back. Hear the story of Alaska’s Arctic from your guide while traveling and at various stops. Enjoy stunning views of wildlife, the Arctic tundra, Yukon River, Trans Alaska Pipeline and take photos at and above the Arctic Circle.  
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

9 - 11 a.m. - Reindeer Research Program visit

See the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ research herd up close and learn about the program’s research and outreach that focuses on building a reindeer industry in the state of Alaska. This is the only reindeer research program affiliated with a university in the United States.
Special conditions: It could be muddy so appropriate footwear is advised.
Limit: 25. Contact: Debbie Carter 907-474-5406 or Marmian Grimes 907-474-7902.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Denali Tour

Denali is the highest peak in North America. During this full day guided tour, you’ll travel at least 12 miles into Denali National Park and Preserve where you’ll enjoy a short hike for potential views of wildlife and the mountain. You’ll also visit with a Park Ranger at the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Chena Hot Springs tour

Only 60 miles from Fairbanks, this world renowned resort offers rest and relaxation in a natural mineral hot springs, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit. Tour the world’s largest year-round ice museum featuring spectacular ice carvings. Geothermal renewable energy tours are available during the daytime tours.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Permafrost and infrastructure tour

Visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permafrost tunnel and permafrost-affected locations around Fairbanks. Hear from scientists and engineers who study permafrost, its effects on infrastructure and how we are adapting to those changes in the Arctic and Subarctic.
Special conditions: The permafrost tunnel and other locations will be dusty and muddy. Please wear casual clothing and appropriate footwear.
Limit: 15. Contact: Marmian Grimes, 907-474-7902 or Jeff Richardson, 907-474-6284

1 - 2 p.m. - Research greenhouse visit

Tour the Arctic Health Research Greenhouse tour with University of Alaska Fairbanks horticulture professor Meriam Karlsson, who will talk about production methods suitable for northern greenhouses. Her current research emphases include the use of LED lighting and hydroponic growing systems. She is looking at how the different combinations of colors in LEDs affect plant growth.
Limit: 20. Contact: Debbie Carter, 907-474-5046

1 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Arctic Circle Air Adventure

A five-hour journey by air across the Arctic Circle. Land in Coldfoot and spend three hours on the ground with a guide who will share the history of the region as well as present day life as you visit Wiseman, the only community lived in year-round along the Dalton Highway.
Limit: N/A. Contact: Amy Geiger, 907-322-4474 or Jerry Evans, 907-459-3779

2 - 4 p.m. - Wildlife Toxicology Lab tour

Learn how the Wildlife Toxicology Lab in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Veterinary Medicine has been looking at levels of different contaminants in wildlife across the Arctic to examine the health of the wildlife, the environment and, ultimately, the people. Tour the department’s new anatomy lab and watch a researcher dissect a fish to sample it for contaminants.
Limit: 25. Contact: Meghan Murphy,  907-474-7541

2:30 p.m. - Trans-Alaska pipeline tour

Join Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s senior director of pipeline operations Hillary Schaefer for a visit to the trans-Alaska pipeline. Meet at the Sophie Station Hotel lobby at 2:30 p.m. Returns to the hotel between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Alaska Center for Energy and Power lab tour

ACEP’s Power Systems Integration Lab is capable of testing a wide range of microgrid and distributed power generation scenarios, which is especially relevant to many of the Arctic’s small communities. Examples include next generation utility energy storage such as innovative battery systems and flywheel technology, diesel-off operation, power electronics development and testing, and model verification.
Limit: 10. Contact: Marcia Cassino, 907-474-5402

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