We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability

Available

This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.

Limited

This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.

Call

This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.

Questions?

Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

Service & Hiking Alaska

Two weeks of service and exploration.

In spectacular Alaska, spend two weeks serving and exploring.

Snowy peaks, glacial rivers, and wilderness that stretches to the horizon. Rebuild trails outside Anchorage with a local trail crew; backpack the Chugach; sea kayak the Passage Canal.

The vastness of the Alaskan landscape may feel initially overwhelming, but together we will come to know and appreciate this dynamic environment. Our aim on Service & Hiking Alaska is to engage deeply with environmental stewardship while growing closer and stronger as a group.

After our arrival in Anchorage, we’ll spend five days with trail crew leaders on a reconstruction project, working to minimize visitor impact, restore natural habitat, and manage water drainage. Through observation and practice, we’ll hone our trail maintenance skills and better understand the effort needed to make the outdoors accessible to all. Upon completion of our focused service work in the mornings, we’ll then plunge into explorations of nearby trails and shorelines in the afternoon. This combination of stewardship and exploration is a perfect balance, allowing us to learn from, engage with, and enjoy many facets of Alaska.

In our second week together, we’ll head deeper into the backcountry for an overnight trip and a series of day hikes. Hanging glaciers and soaring eagles will remind us of the untouched grandeur that still shapes the Alaskan wilderness.

At trip end, we’ll return to Anchorage. But we’ll return with greater awareness of and greater appreciation for the land and each other. We’ll have gained hard skills on the trail, and we’ll have also experienced the intangible — yet no less satisfying — feeling of coming together as a group over a shared purpose.

Have a question about availability?

Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672

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Overland offers introductory, hiking, biking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in 4th through 12th grade.