Your Choice Matters
Kayak Adventures is proud to use our business to give back to Alaskan nonprofits that support the local community, environment & wildlife. As members of 1% For the Planet we commit at least 1% of our annual sales to nonprofit organizations working to address pressing environmental issues related to Alaska through our program “Kayak. Pick. Give.” We invite our guests to be active stewards in this program by choosing which nonprofit in our program most connects to their personal core values. At the end of the tour, we donate $2 to the nonprofit of their choice.
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Founded in 1980, the Alaska Conservation Foundation is the only public foundation dedicated to conservation in Alaska, connecting thousands of committed donors and businesses worldwide with more than a hundred grassroots conservation organizations in Alaska.
ACF serves as a funder and supportive resource for a diverse community of nonprofits working to protect and wisely manage Alaska’s natural resources. Over the last 35 years, ACF has awarded more than $50 million in grants to hundreds of Alaskan organizations and individuals. Through strategic funding, ACF supports Alaska’s most critical issues, fosters problem-solving and innovation, and protects Alaska’s incredible yet vulnerable ecosystems, communities, and economies.
North Gulf Oceanic Society
The North Gulf Oceanic Society was formed in 1984 as a research and education non-profit, dedicated to long-term monitoring and the overall health whale populations in Alaska. Studies involve investigations into diet, contaminants, population dynamics, distribution, and acoustics. NGOS maintains a catalogue of approximately 800 individual killer whales, and also maintains a catalogue of a few hundred humpback whales that visit Kenai Fjords.
In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef, and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. Two of our killer whale pods swam straight through the spill. One pod lost 11 of 37 whales, but is now recovering. The other pod, the AT1 or ‘Chugach’ transients, lost 9 individuals in the few months after the spill, and now only have 7 of the original 22 whales remaining. Long term research is critical to understand the effects of oil spills, warming oceans, ocean acidification, contaminants, noise, and other anthropogenic issues.
Thanks to the support of Kayak Adventures Worldwide, NGOS will be extending their outreach and education program into local Alaskan schools, with a focus on whale education and ocean conservation.
Renewable Energy Alaska Project & Tour Green
We’ve teamed up with Tour Green/Alaska Wind for Schools to help fund wind turbine installations and renewable energy education at schools across Alaska.
Here at KAW, we believe renewable energy resources are critical to the future of our planet. We’re hoping to do all we can to promote renewable technologies in Alaska and beyond. Together, one step at a time, we can all make a difference. One day, we’d love to get a wind turbine of our own to help run the kayak shop!
Thank you for kayaking with us – and therefore helping to support the environment, the wildlife we visit and these incredible resources! We take our commitment to our employees, environment, and community seriously. From our extensive guide training to supporting local nonprofits, we continually strive towards sustainable practices that are good for our planet!