Summer 2015- Adventure Film & Outdoor Studies in Alaska

As we near our sophomore year of operation, we have gained traction quickly as the *first and only accredited adventure film program within a university system. We have begun some very exciting collaborations with Alaskan organizations, filmmakers, and educators; and, we are ready to offer our students unparalleled access to these opportunities.

Register for classes here! Select Summer 2015, PWSCC Campus, and ODS

Summer 2015 Options:

Dr. Palmer leading a raft trip on the Gulkana River.
Dr. Palmer leading a raft trip on the Gulkana River.

ODS 152- Beginning Rafting: Join us for a multi-day raft/float on the Copper River with the Wrangell St. Elias National Park Service from Chistochina to Chitina, Alaska. We will be shooting a short video for the National Park Service. Students are NOT required to be film students, but can assist as they choose. May 18-21/22

ODS 112- Swiftwater Rescue Technician: co-taught by ODS and Rescue 3 International.

The SRT1 course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems. The SRT1 class also provides the rescuer the foundation to the NFPA Swiftwater Technician level. Swiftwater Technician level is a mandatory training level for inclusion on a Federal Emergency Management Agency Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team at all Team levels. May 29-31

ODS 295- ODS Internship (by arrangement with Dr. Palmer)

ODS 298- Adventure Research & Creative Activity: Join Dr. Palmer’s summeEFSA Circular Logo- Axes canoes and Aurorar adventure project (film-based). A collaboration with multiple adventure and wilderness-based organizations. As this is a project-based course, students will be selected based on their experience and interests.

Students in ODS 298 do not have to participate in all/any field sections to participate in this course. Participation will be discussed with Dr. Palmer, directly, as this is a creative research project.

ClassesODS 153- Beginning Sea Kayaking: Join ACA Deputy State Director/Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, DB Palmer, for two practice evenings and then a day-trip in the Bay of Valdez, Alaska! This course is suited, and designed for, beginning sea kayakers (those with little/no experience). Join us for the chance to paddle your local paradise with small class size. Each student will paddle a solo boat! This course has three sections, and students sign up for just one of them.


Register for classes here! Select Summer 2015, PWSCC Campus, and ODS

Summer 2015 Collaborations (partial list):

BLM logoWSE NPS logoCopper River Watershed project logoRescue 3 logo



*We are the first and only accredited adventure film program housed in an academic degree program, as far as we are aware.

EFSA Director, Professor DB Palmer, to present at Balto Film Festival

The Balto Film Festival is now welcoming Red Bull as sponsor of our opening night. The festival opens with our own, Professor DB Palmer, speaking on adventure filmmaking and Expeditionary Film School of Alaska.

From the Seward City News:

Mount St. Elias Film
Mount St. Elias Film

“Filmmakers from around the state will be descending on Seward the last weekend in July to participate in the Balto Film Fest.

Those looking for adventure will find it on Friday, July 25th, first at the Seward Community Library and Museum at 6:00 p.m. with a free public Adventure Filmmaking workshop.  Attendees will get a taste of the University of Alaska’s week-long intensive Adventure Film Research course (FLM 298) course taught by Professor D.B. Palmer.

I am thrilled to be able to spend time with my peers and friends in the Alaskan film industry, and honored to be able to present the opening workshop for the festival. – DB Palmer

Gulkana Raft Guiding
Gulkana Raft Guiding

Here’s a link to the Seward City News article. CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding Expeditionary Film School of Alaska’s latest course offerings, click here!

What’s happening this summer?

pioneer outfitters & terry overlyODS 293 ST: Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar- Alaskan Backcountry Horse-Packing (3)- Bb/Web with field dates (6/16-26), and class dates at the end (6/27-30)- course fee $1255. This is an EPIC TREK-BASED course!

ODS 298 Film Research (3) June 7-14, 8am-8pm, course fee $75- Instructor permission or prereq.- Local Course!AFSA PWSCC

ODS 153 Beginning Sea Kayaking (1)- August 13 & 14 6-8pm, and field dates of Aug 15-17, additional course fee $200

ODS 167 Intro to the Study of Adventure Film (3)- Totally Online.

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