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.
Alaska Whale Foundation
Alaska Whale Foundation (AWF) is a nonprofit organization that has been studying humpback whales in Southeast Alaska for over 20-years. Their research provides insight into remarkable foraging behaviors like cooperative “bubblenet” feeding, the role of diverse vocalizations, and the importance of social bonds. AWF also studies the prey species that attract whales to this region in order to understand the role of large marine mammals in coastal ecosystems.
AWF recently established a multi-use field station on the remote forested coast of Baranof Island. The field station is a permanent base for scientific study, and also supports regional conservation efforts. A key threat to humpbacks in this region is fishing gear entanglement, which can lead to infection, starvation or drowning. As part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, AWF maintains a whale disentanglement team and gear cache at our field station and is ready to dispatch vessels to aid distressed whales.
Viewing whales on a kayaking trip can be a life-changing experience. We are so grateful to be working with AWF!
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!