Rafting Field Trip

Update: 8-21-2014

Kenai River Rafting

Tipr Date:  Monday, September 8th, 2014

The fee for this trip is $35.00. Please send the amount in at your first opportunity. If this creates a hardship for your family please let me know and we will work out other arrangements.


We will be rafting the Kenai River Monday, September 8th. We will be departing @ 9:00 AM to travel to Cooper Landing and need Parent drivers and chaperones. We will be guided by Alaska Rivers Company. They are a reputable, experienced company that we have rafted with 4 times before. We will be completing the partial-day float which will terminate at Jim’s Landing, just a short jaunt down Skilak Lake Road.

Parent drivers will have to drop off students, drive to Jim’s Landing and have a parent vehicle shuttle all drivers back to the rafting company. At the end of the rafting trip, we will need a car to bring the parent shuttle driver back to the rafting company to retrieve ther car.

This is a trip we organize for our students every other year to facilitate learning environmental concepts, assists students with descriptive writing (Experience is the key!), and of course give the students the opportunity to enjoy our great state in a way they might not have been able to before. This trip does NOT involve white water. It’s rather slow paced.

Alaska River Company will provide:

  • Rain Gear if you don’t have your own
  • Personal flotation devices (DO NOT BRING WITH YOU)
  • Rubber boots, bring your own if you have them to assure enough of the appropriate sizes.

What do I need for the Rafting Trip?

Students should come wearing the following items:

  • Rubber Boots if possible OR a good pair of hiking boots (Less recommended, you may need to walk through river water to get in the raft.)
  • Jeans
  • Wool socks or a layer of two socks.
  • Long Sleeve Shirt (Layer 1)
  • T-Shirt (Layer 2)
  • Sweatshirt/Fleece Pullover (Layer 3)
  • Winter Hat
  • Winter Gloves or water resistant gloves w/liners
  • Warm… water resistant coat (usually a winter coat).

Just-in-case, Students should pack extra:

Socks, water resistant gloves, Rain jacket or water resistant type coat for hike if raining.

Items that should be in the back pack:

  • Cold lunch (No Microwavable meals)
  • Water Bottle
  • Just in case material in a Ziploc bag

Can I bring my own gear?

I do not recommend it. It will have to be toted around on the hike. But if you must….Okay.

Families need to provide:

  • Lunch, drinks and snacks
  • Additional snacks for after the hike. Students will be hungry on the trip home.
  • Warm clothes appropriate for the weather, we will go rain or shine and mornings are chilly. We recommend winter gear and gloves.
  • 9:00 – Leave Soldotna Montessori Charter School with Parent Drivers
  • 10:30 – Arrive Alaska Rivers Company and begin safety talk and gear up.
  • 11:00 – Students depart in rafts with parent drivers
  • 12:30 -Stop & Lunch along the river with the rotten fish.
  • 2:00 – Arrive Jim’s Landing – Diemabrk, drop gear and load cars
  • 3:00 – Arrive SMCS

Schedule is subject to change so check back often!