Two major fund-raisers help support AUUF operations. In addition to generating dollars, these events provide forums for fellowship and fun among AUUF members, friends and guests who participate:
WhaleCoast Alaska 2021 Is Coming This Summer!
New safety protocols are being planned. (Read more at whalecoastalaka.org)
This often sell-out adventure brings Unitarian Universalists from all over the country to explore Alaska for two weeks in the middle of our midnight sun summers. Four of Alaska's UU fellowships (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Sitka) host the UU travelers in their respective communities. In Anchorage, AUUF volunteers will:
Host a dinner gathering with home-made recipes often featuring Alaska's bounty
Open their homes to provide overnight accommodations
Lead or guide hikes and adventures in and around Anchorage
Provide airport pickup and other ground transportation In return, participating UU congregations earn a share of the event proceeds, based on what their volunteers can provide.
Two separate Whalecoast Alaska tours are typically organized each summer; one in June and one in July. Dates for 2021:
June 12-16 "National Park Tour" - starts in Anchorage (banquet at AUUF June 13)
July 7-8 "All Alaska Tour" - starts in Fairbanks (banquet at AUUF July 8)
WhaleCoast Schedule-at-a-glance for Anchorage
(Subject to change!)
JUNE NATIONAL PARKS TOUR – Begins in Anchorage
Sat. June 12 – Most of June guests arrive in Anchorage and stay overnight with AUUF host
Sun. June 13 – Guests attend 8 am orientation with tour director at AUUF (held in room); guests attend 11am service, and may be having catered lunch at AUUF; guests tour Anchorage in afternoon; AUUF prepares evening banquet; guests stay overnight with AUUF host
Mon./Tues June 14-15 Guests taken by hosts to AK RR Depot to catch Monday morning train to Seward and tour Kenai Peninsula area.
Wed. 16 – Guests arrive back in Anchorage by bus (mid-day) and meet up with host for final night’s stay
Thurs. June 17 – Guests taken by hosts to AK RR Depot to catch train to Denali in early a.m. June host duties completed!
JULY ALL-ALASKA TOUR – Begins with orientation in Fairbanks, but here are Anchorage dates:
Wed. July 7 – All guests arrive at same time at ARR train depot from Denali (approx. 8 p.m.). Guests will have eaten dinner on the train. Hosts greet and pick up guests, take them home for the night.
Thurs. July 8 – Hosts provide breakfast, then drop off guest(s) at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in the morning. Guests have lunch there, and will be shuttled by bus downtown for afternoon activities. Guests are picked up downtown by AUUF volunteers and brought to AUUF for evening banquet. Hosts take them home afterward for second and final night’s stay.
Fri. July 9 – Hosts take guests to the airport for a morning flight to Juneau. July host duties completed!
Contact Denise Martin firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in being a host. Watch for sign-up sheets and more information coming this Spring!
Visit the Whale Coast Alaska website for more information about this exceptional travel adventure.
WhaleCoast Alaska Tours -- Anchorage Hosts Needed This Summer
June 12-16 and July 14-15
(COVID-19 Protocols Mandatory!)
WhaleCoast has historically been one of AUUF’s biggest fundraisers. These summer tours bring UUs from all over the U.S. to Alaska for sightseeing adventures, while making connections with participating UU congregations in Alaska. Last summer’s tours were cancelled due to the pandemic, but tour director Dave Frey from UF Fairbanks is making plans to hold both tours in 2021with strict Covid-19 protocols.
If you’ve been a host to WhaleCoast guests in the past, or are interested in being a host for the first time, you should read up on the latest safety information on their website:
Other pages on the site give details about the statewide tours.
Since there is still some uncertainty about how the public health outlook will be for this summer, you should know that a decision to possibly cancel this summer’s tours may come about by March.
Until then, Denise Martin is looking for volunteers who would like to host guests during the dates above. Contact her at for more information.