Inian Islands Institute -- Education and Research in Wild Alaska!

We're creating a field institute at an amazing coastal property in the heart of the Alaskan Wilderness. Join us for a true adventure!
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This campaign started on Dec 03 and closed on January 12, 2014 (11:59pm PT).
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  • $10USD
    Thanks, you rock!

    It's just a short email thank you message. But we'll make it worth your while -- it will have photos and intriguing facts about the Hobbit Hole and the amazing wilderness of Southeast Alaska.

    9 claimed

  • $25USD
    Get on The Wall!

    We'll emblazon your name on our website's Wall of Shameless Thanks and Eternal Gratitude! Check out our website: I think it'd look better with your name on it, too. *Also includes email Thank You! *And by the way -- anyone who donates at a higher level gets their name on The Wall too!

    3 claimed

  • $30USD
    Thanks by Mail!

    A card is coming your way, and it's got the Hobbit Hole on it. It'll be signed by the whole Inian Islands Institute team, so you know it's carrying some serious gratitude.

    Estimated delivery: February 2014

    13 out of 20 claimed

  • $40USD
    A Postcard from the Trail

    New Perk! When I finish my PhD in March, I'm embarking on a 5-month, 1700-mile hike/kayak journey from Stanford to the Hobbit Hole, to spread the word about Inian Islands Institute. I'll send you a postcard from the trail!

    Estimated delivery: June 2014

    2 out of 5 claimed

  • $50USD
    Alaska Aksala

    For our more quirky donors: We'll send you your very own personal Alaska-themed palindrome, courtesy of III founding member Aaron Strong. Each is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind!

    Estimated delivery: January 2014

    16 out of 20 claimed

  • $65USD
    Alaskan Winter Ale Pint Glass

    Ah, one of my favorite beers. Alaskan Brewing Company is located in Juneau, about 70 miles from the Hobbit Hole. Their beer is delicious and their methods are groundbreaking sustainable. Check them out!

    Estimated delivery: February 2014

    8 out of 10 claimed

  • $80USD
    The Finest Musician

    A lovely book of poems written by Judith Aftergut, illustrated by Kate Boessor, both residents of Gustavus -- my hometown 20 miles from the Hobbit Hole. The poetry commemorates Glacier Bay, the world-famous landscape just to the north of the Hobbit Hole.

    Estimated delivery: February 2014

    3 out of 5 claimed

  • $90USD
    Alaska Fiddle

    Call me up, and I'll play you an Alaska-themed song on my fiddle! Just don't expect the latest Justin Bieber or Rihanna.

    Estimated delivery: February 2014

    1 out of 6 claimed


    Surprise Gift from Antarctica!

    TODAY ONLY! Inian Islands Institute founding member Emily Brault is on her way to Antarctica for oceanographic research. She'll bring back a surprise from McMurdo Station on the Ross Sea. You won't find this anywhere else in the world!

    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    4 out of 4 claimed


    The Land and the Silence

    This critically-acclaimed book by Dave Bohn celebrates the majesty of Glacier Bay, the Hobbit Hole's icy neighbor to the north. Only one available!

    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    3 out of 3 claimed

  • $120USD
    Salmon in the Trees

    This wonderful new book of essays and gorgeous photography by Amy Gulick celebrates the Tongass National Forest. Students will witness amazing ecological interactions in this place -- where trees grow salmon by creating their spawning habitat, and salmon grow trees by bringing ocean nutrients up to their roots.

    Estimated delivery: April 2014

    5 out of 7 claimed


    Mmmm, tasty...

    An authentic jar of home-made wild Alaskan strawberry jam. Several kinds of wild berries grow on the Inian Islands, including strawberries, blueberries, huckleberries, and salmonberries. Gathering and canning the bounty of summer provides Southeast Alaska residents with food throughout the winter.

    Estimated delivery: April 2014

    8 out of 8 claimed


    Paddle in Glacier Bay

    New Perk! Take a friend out for a backcountry paddle in Glacier Bay. This is a 5-day rental of a double sea kayak, generously donated by Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks in Gustavus -- a $300 value! Good for 2014.

    Estimated delivery: April 2014

    1 out of 1 claimed

  • $250USD
    Alaska Carving

    A bear bread from Southeast Alaska, carved by me, especially for you! Bear Breads are a type of woody fungi that grow on the massive spruce and hemlock trees of Southeast Alaska's old-growth temperate rainforest. A unique piece for your shelf or window sill -- it'll start a few conversations. Name it, and I'll carve it! * This one will take awhile to deliver, until the next time I get home to harvest some bear breads. But I promise to get it to you in under a year!

    Estimated delivery: December 2014

    0 out of 5 claimed

  • $450USD
    Glass Float

    These beautiful glass balls were once used by fishermen to keep nets and lines afloat in many parts of the world, especially Japan. Although they have long since been replaced by styrofoam and plastic, a few glass floats continue to drift across the Pacific Ocean and wash up on Alaska's remote shores. Claim this rare and enchanting symbol of Southeast Alaska.

    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    2 out of 3 claimed

  • $500USD
    Maiden Course Portrait

    An 8x10" framed photo of the first course we brought to the Hobbit Hole, in September 2013. Focused on the interactions of the human and ecological systems of Southeast Alaska, this course of 12 Stanford undergraduates was simply unforgettable. Signed by the whole team!

    Estimated delivery: April 2014

    0 out of 5 claimed

  • $800USD
    Hobbit Hole Painting

    Our very own Emily Brault, an accomplished artist, will make you an acrylic painting of the beautiful Hobbit Hole property. Absolutely unique in the world!

    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    0 out of 1 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Alaska Photography, Part I

    Inian Islands Institute founding member Lauren Oakes is a skilled photographer, who conducts research in Southeast Alaska on forest ecology and its connections to local communities and social systems. Choose your favorite of her awesome shots, and we'll send you a beautifully framed 8x10"!

    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    1 out of 5 claimed

  • $4,000USD
    Alaska Photography, Part II

    Another of Lauren's phenomenal photographs of the Southeast Alaska ecosystem -- only this one is big enough to do justice to the magnificent scale of that landscape. Claim this large print that will make a gorgeous centerpiece for any room in the house, mounted on sustainably harvested bamboo. Approximately 36x48", depending on your photo choice.

    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    0 out of 1 claimed

  • $10,000USD
    Guest of Honor

    You're invited to visit the Hobbit Hole! Come and experience this remarkable place that we're so excited about. Assuming our fundraising campaign is successful, we hope that your visit will be as a Guest of Honor at the grand opening of Inian Islands Institute! Because this perk has logistical considerations, please contact us to discuss it before donating.

    Estimated delivery: July 2015

    0 out of 2 claimed

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