Welcome to your classroom!

Welcome to your classroom

We started these programs to reach all teens with an interest – we don’t want cost to be a barrier to entry.  Thanks to a 2024 grant from MICA Guides we have the funds for 50 students to get a $250 scholarship to join one of our courses.  

Book online and use code MICAGUIDES when you check out to receive a discount of $250.  

Our courses are designed for teens, providing a unique opportunity to learn and grow while exploring some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. You’ll backpack across mountains, ice climb up towering glaciers, and navigate your way through rugged terrain, all while forging unforgettable memories with your new friends.

At the Matanuska Outdoor Institute you will find a community where a person can develop personal resilience, leadership skills, and Alaskan outdoor competence that can apply to all of life’s challenges.

We guide our students to challenge themselves, develop their resilience and experience a team, while camping, backpacking, ice climbing and exploring.

Through adventures such as ice climbing on a glacier, backcountry travel and survival nights you develop confidence, self-reliance, teamwork and communication skills.

Courses for Summer 2024 available now!


Getting comfortable in the outdoors! From camping to fire building and survival.


Packing, navigation and team work in the Alaska backcountry. Learn More


Learn the fundamentals of making it through the night, or several days! Learn More

Climbing & Rigging

Ropes and knots for every day life and climbing on a glacier. Learn More

Are we right for you?