What you will learn

What you’ll learn

At the Matanuska Outdoor Institute, Alaska is the classroom.

Are you looking for an exciting and unique opportunity to add adventure to your summer? Want to challenge yourself and gain valuable skills that will set you apart from your peers?

We offer several types of courses and adventures:

Our 10-Day Intro to Adventure Course is an unforgettable experience that will take you outside your comfort zone and into the Alaskan wilderness. Skills, challenge and adventure shared with a team of your new friends.

Short Courses offer an introduction to specific outdoors skills such as navigation, backpacking or ice climbing.

Advanced Experiences provide the opportunity to take your MOI experience to the next level. Check out what it’s like to be a Guide with the Pros at MICA Guides, join a challenging backcountry expedition, take a weekend survival course and more. MOI will be your ongoing resource for future challenge, growth and opportunity.

Why Adventure?

On an adventure you do something different, something unusual and exciting. Adventure expands our experiences, challenges our normal routines and pushes us to respond and adapt. It challenges the way we see and interact with the world and each other.

Our Philosophy

Everything we do revolves around our three major themes, our pillars:

The strength and importance of community

The development of “self”, resiliency or grit

The beauty and effectiveness of using Alaska as the classroom

All MOI Courses are designed to be


We want you to put away your phone and experience the Alaska outdoors. You’ll learn by doing, not just sitting in a classroom.


We want these opportunities to be available for just about everyone and make this happen with subsidized tuition, help with equipment, transportation from town and more.


We believe that the best times with the best friends can happen outdoors, in real life.