Forest Tram & Tribal Dance
Explore Southeast Alaska’s coastal old-growth rainforest aboard a covered, wheeled tram along the shores of Icy Strait.
Departing from Icy Strait Point's historic cannery, our covered, wheeled tram carries you and your local guides approximately two miles (each way) through an old-growth rainforest and out along the shoreline overlooking the bountiful waters of Icy Strait. Your guides will describe the ecological and cultural significance of the forest's unique plants and animals, and explain how the island's Native Tlingit people are bound to its rich landscape. At the beachfront turn-around, you will have the option to explore the rocky beach on foot, within view of an established bald eagle nest. Keep watch for eagles, deer, bear, whales, seals, and sea lions!
The tram road may be bumpy in places. Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to walk on the uneven terrain of the beach at the turnaround. Dress for the weather! Bring warm clothes and raincoats as needed. And don't forget your cameras and binoculars!
Upon returning to Icy Strait Point, you will gather at the Heritage Center Native Theater for the Tribal Dance and Cultural Legends performance. Wearing traditional regalia, Huna Tlingit performers share their history and culture through song, dance and storytelling. The show culminates in a lively traditional celebration... that you're invited to participate in! Please refrain from photography and videotaping during the Tribal Dance. The performers will remain in their regalia for photos immediately after the performance.
Duration:Approximately 2.5 hours
Discovering Birds of Hoonah
Explore the avian diversity of Hoonah's lush temperate rainforest and its surrounding tidal waters with a local expert. Your guide will show you the best places to scope for seabirds, ducks, gulls, and bald eagles.
As you depart Icy Strait Point, travel along the shore of Port Frederick where you will see seabirds feeding in the nutrient rich waters. Stop at the ferry terminal and scope the surrounding area for pigeon guillemots and other gulls, ducks and seabirds. Make a brief stop at an active bald eagle’s nest before heading out the road to the Long Island causeway. Scan for shorebirds, ducks, eagles, crows, ravens, cormorants, and much more.
Then, your guide will lead your small group down a trail through mixed forest and grasslands to find a wealth of passerines. Along the trail, you may find warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, jays, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, wrens, kinglets, swallows, swifts, hummingbirds, creepers, chickadees, and thrushes. Binoculars, rain jackets, and the highest quality spotting scopes will be provided. Whether you are an avid birder or a casual birdwatcher, your guide will help you get the most out of your Alaska experience.
Minimum Age8 years old
Note:Please wear weather-resistant shoes and dress for the weather
OliverandLisa: Wonderful costumes, dancers, story telling..So much fun, well worth it.
jeepplover2000: The dancing and story telling was amazing. A show not be missed!
vaughanfamily: Learning about their traditions and culture made for a lovely day. Good job