Meet Into the Woods Alaska

Into the Woods Alaska was conceived from a philosophy that nature is paramount in our lives and in the life of a healthy community.

Into the Woods Alaska’s Mission is three-fold:

1: The Outdoors is a place for everyone, and all are welcome here. We are dedicated to the idea that all children have the right to grow up playing in the woods, within which they can experience intellectual and emotional growth and health. All adults and families must have equal access to shared use of our wild spaces.

2: Children that connect with nature will become adults who advocate for its protection. Children and Adults who know the value of nature and use it to access a healthy life are more likely to become civically involved in conservation and protection.

3: To deliver unparalleled Environmental & Outdoor Science Education to youth and adults. Children who grow up learning the fundamentals in these topics will be safe & respectful lifetime users of our world’s wild spaces. These skills, learned from a young age, will become second-nature, allowing children to save their lives and the lives of others. Everyone they share the outdoors with over the course of their lives will gain from their depth of knowledge and experience.

We live by a simple code: Safety, Kindness, and Respect towards oneself, our trail companions, and the environment.

Into the Woods Alaska is a youth & adult outdoor and environmental science education program emphasizing place-based, experiential learning. Our programs are designed to foster authentic learning experiences that will not only last a lifetime, but encourage our participants to become actively engaged in conservation, protection, and sustainable use of our wild spaces.

We firmly believe that when children and adults get out in nature they will become advocates for protecting it. We all need to do our part to ensure future generations will be able to see whales in resurrection bay, salmon leaping up the Kenai, glaciers in our mountains, forests flourishing (not in wildfire or in drought), birds on the wing, and our ecosystems full of life.

Meet you in the Woods,

~ The Into the Woods AK Team

Safety is of utmost importance to us for your young explorers as well as our guides.  

We therefore have safety protocols in the event of an emergency or necessary field medicine.  Our lead guides are CPR/ first aid and/or Wilderness First Aid certified at a minimum while some are certified at a higher level of Wilderness First Responder.  All personnel at Into the Woods, LLC have background checks and references.  All guides will carry appropriate radios and communication equipment as well as bear spray.  All guides are trained in and follow wildlife and environmental safety standards both at work and during their personal recreation in the great outdoors.


We are a small team of talented outdoors enthusiasts and professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Kristina Kvernplassen

WFR, CPR/First Aid, B.A. Languages (Spanish Concentration)

co-founder, lead guide

Kristina grew up in Anchorage, where she spent her childhood playing in the woods in the BLM tract off of Elmore (then Abbott road), discovering hidden worlds in the dwarf spruce trees up at Glen Alps, camping and backpacking throughout Alaska, and zooming around the woods and trails of Kincaid Park. Additionally, Kristina has enjoyed the outdoors around the world – Norway, Spain, France, Morocco, Taiwan, & Mexico. Kristina is co-founder and lead guide at ITWAK and is honored to have the opportunity to get kids outdoors to play in the woods and learn new skills with Into the Woods Alaska.

Dan Dillehay

WFR, CPR/First Aid, B.A. Political Science

co-founder, lead guide

Dan grew up in Great Falls, Virginia, playing in the woods around his house and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In high school, he went to an outdoors-education based program and his passion for the outdoors grew. Dan made his way to Montana for university, and then Alaska, where he discovered Alaska’s great wild beauty was unlike anything he had yet experienced and the salmon and trout fishing was the best in the world. In addition to exploring Alaska, Dan has explored the outdoors of France, Senegal, Gambia, & Taiwan. Dan is co-founder and lead guide at ITWAK and looks forward to helping Alaska kids get outdoors for many years to come.

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