Illustration: June 17-20, 2017

with Kristin Link 

This course combines science and art in a unique approach to learning about the natural world. Participants will explore the environment surrounding McCarthy, Alaska within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park while experimenting with different field sketching techniques. Participants will draw on the long tradition of documenting observations about the natural world in a sketchbook. Much of the course will occur in the field studying the unique glaciology and geomorphology of the Kennicott Valley and the Wrangell’s flora and fauna. By learning new ways to study surroundings, sharing, and building on working methods, workshop participants will come away better equipped to appreciate and experience natural environments.

Artists of all levels, including absolute beginners, are welcome to attend.

 Kristin Link  Photo by Anders Link

Kristin Link

Photo by Anders Link


Kristin Link earned a graduate level Science Illustration Certificate from California State University Monterey Bay. She has taught field sketching for Alaska Wildlands Studies at the Wrangell Mountains Center. She has completed illustration and design projects for the National Park Service, the Copper River Watershed Project, Alaska Geographic, and the North Slope Borough. In 2012, she received a Rasmuson Individual Artists’ Award to create a body of field sketches in the backcountry of the Wrangell-St. Elias. Learn more about Kristin at

“Kristin was well prepared with all of her presentations and she orchestrated the variety of activities perfectly! She was informative and gentle in her delivery. She differentiated her instructions to meet our range of readiness with seamless finesse.”
— Rita Pfenniger


Participants should plan to arrive in McCarthy in time to get settled and enjoy dinner at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 17th. The workshop ends after dinner on Saturday June 20th.

 Some field sketching supplies  (c) Kristin Link, 2013

Some field sketching supplies

(c) Kristin Link, 2013

Meals and Accommodations:

Lunch and dinner will be provided and shared communally; workshop participants are responsible for the breakfast meal. Breakfast can be purchased from a limited number of local vendors or participants can bring breakfast provisions to store and cook in the Hardware Store facilities. Hot water will be provided for coffee and tea. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary needs and restrictions with advance notice. Primitive camping is available at no cost to workshop participants. The private site is located just a short walk away from the Wrangell Mountains Center campus. Those who camp are welcome to store gear and food, borrow bear barrels, and use our rustic shower and other facilities at the Hardware Store. WMC staff will direct you to the campsite and orient you there upon your arrival. 

Other lodging options within McCarthy include the full service McCarthy Lodge and Lancaster's Backpacker Hotel, located just down the street. The Kennicott River Lodge and Hostel is another great option outside of town; it's a short bicycle ride or twenty minute walk each way. If you bring a vehicle with you, Currant Ridge Cabins is located on the McCarthy Road about three miles from the road's end; it's about a half mile walk between the parking area there and the Old Hardware Store. Free shuttles run between the river and McCarthy on a rotation with limited hours. If you bring a camper in or would otherwise like to camp out with your vehicle, there are two commercial campgrounds near the end of the McCarthy Road that will accommodate you without advance reservations.

 Sketching in the outdoor classroom, looking towards Mount Blackburn on McCarthy Creek

Sketching in the outdoor classroom, looking towards Mount Blackburn on McCarthy Creek

“This workshop met and exceeded my expectations. The level of knowledge and competency of the instructor was exceptional.”

Cost: $295/person if you register by May 15, 2015; $325/person after May 15th. Current WMC Members receive a 10% discount (not applicable to the early bird discount). The workshop price includes lunches and dinners and optional camping and food storage facilities. Please inquire at Students may bring their own materials or rent materials from the instructor for a small fee. A supply list will be provided in the registration packet.

If you prefer to register by phone or on paper please call Kristin Link at 907-554-4464 or send us a message here.

This workshop will not be offered in 2016.

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