Learn the ropes from an Iditarod champion:
2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion John Baker is teaming up with the Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage to teach visitors about the state’s official sport, dog mushing. Team Baker Tours presents the history of the sled dog from its historical significance among indigenous Arctic people to modern day recreational racing. Visitors also get to play with puppies, learn how to harness a team, enjoy a dog cart ride and hear stories from veteran Iditarod mushers. The presentations will begin on May 6, 2012.
For more information, visit www.alaskanative.net.

New Ketchikan tour teaches wilderness survival:
Travellers can learn how to survive in the Alaska wilderness and take part in a research project to help sustain the Alaska seafood industry. The Alaskan Wilderness Survival tour, offered by Allen Marine Tours in Ketchikan, takes guests to a remote island for a short guided hike through an old-growth forest where they are taught survival skills such as how to build a shelter, identify wild edibles and light a fire. Back aboard the expedition catamaran, guests will pursue the green crab, an invasive species that has become a threat to the local ecosystem. Travellers will haul sampling crab pots, look for evidence of green crabs and record findings for the University of Alaska.
For more information, contact www.allenmarinetours.com.