About Us

Sea Wolf Adventures is a green, conservation-driven, eco-tourism small ship cruise adventure company. As rugged as it appears, Southeast Alaska’s environment encompasses hundreds of vulnerable ecosystems. These systems, in the air and on land and water, are melded together by fragile food webs that support the amazing flora and fauna that makes up that part of planet earth. Sea Wolf Adventures specializes in natural history cruises that explore the glacial fjords, traveling to where new life is attaching itself to barren, glacial scrubbed rock and then following the succession of plant and animal life in Glacier Bay National Park. Expert naturalists share not only their botany, geology, marine- and wildlife knowledge, but also past and current climate sciences about the wilderness, its known affects and possible outcomes. Sea Wolf Adventures operates under the belief that immersing guests in a pristine wilderness brings home to each person how there are not many places left like this in the world. Most harbor a dream of rebuilding fractured ecosystems in their own neighborhoods, towns, states and countries with a sustainable and green plan that promotes healthy lifestyles for humans and a future for all living things. Sea Wolf is trying to do just that in Alaska.

THE SEA WOLF

The good ship Sea Wolf is an before 97′ ocean-going ship that carries 12 passengers plus 5-6 crew in great comfort. She is an amazing expedition platform for cruising, wildlife spotting, whale watching and as a kayaking mothership. The Sea Wolf has many guest areas including a main viewing salon, covered aft viewing/dining deck and a wonderful wide bow. Our aft deck is enclosed in eisen glass and heated. There is a large outdoor viewing deck behind the wheelhouse. The side decks are also covered for your sightseeing comfort. Our staterooms each have their own bathrooms including shower, sink and head. We carry an extensive naturalist library for our guests to enjoy. Our crew are all fun, knowledgeable and eager to share their naturalist lore and stories. We carry 6 double kayaks for guests and 2 guide kayaks. We also have a 18′ Rigid inflatable for shore excursions. The Sea Wolf is an incredibly stable vessel and our waters as a rule as glassy calm for a wonderful cruising adventure.

Capacity: 12 guests in 6 staterooms

Year Built: 1941

Remodeled: 2003/2019

Crew Members: 5-6 crew members

Length: 97 feet

Beam: 22’6

Cruising Speed: 8 knots

The Crew

Kimber Owen

Captain/Naturalist
Kimber has had a variety of life experiences with people, horses and wildlife. Her love for nature and dedication to the conservation of wildlife and habitat brought her to purchasing the Sea Wolf. A driving passion of Kimber's is providing opportunities for adventure and immersion in the wilderness for people of all abilities. Kimber lives in Gustavus and cannot imagine living elsewhere. This will be her 18th year as owner/operator of Sea Wolf Adventures.

Hans Bruning

Captain
Hans has worked as a Naturalist in Alaska for over 15 years and as a Captain for the last 9. He has worked on NOAA ships off the coast of California as Captain and First Mate participating in scientific studies in our National Marine Sanctuaries. He has explored with us as a naturalist and now will be in the wheelhouse as Captain for his 5th year.

Keith Thompson

Captain
Keith resides in Alaska, where he splits his time seasonally between the capital city of Juneau and Gustavus. His ever-growing curiosity and love of remote places has led him on numerous voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic as a naturalist and photographic expert. For Keith, being in the wilderness is always an educational experience and being a Captain with a naturalists knowledge gives him agency for learning and sharing together.

Craig Foss

Captain
Captain Craig Foss Campbell was Born into a Pacific Northwest seafaring family (his great-grandmother was Tugboat Annie, a.k.a. Thea Foss), and has spent his entire life on and around boats and the sea. He learned to operate a boat when he was 10 years old, held his first onboard maritime job at 13 and went on to become a skipper for almost 40 years. He has also been a boat builder, a commercial fisherman and an elementary school teacher. Craig has been part of the SeaWolf for over 7 years.

Joe Rush

Engineer
Joe has worked on the Sea Wolf engines since 2003 when he worked for Tri County Marine Diesel. We love Joe as much as our engine does so when he retired we are happy he is back aboard the Sea Wolf as our Port and relief engineer. He is retired Navy and lives on Whidby Island, WA.

Cory Kowalczyk

Engineer
Cory has called Alaska home his whole life. Born in Juneau and raised in Fairbanks, he grew to love snow and mountains. He chased life in the mountains and worked as a mechanic maintaining chairlifts, snowcats and trams at resorts and ski areas from the Cascade Range in Oregon, to Fairbanks, to the Chugach Range in South-central Alaska, and finally to Juneau. Later he studied marine equipment maintenance at UAS. He loves skiing in the sun and spending time on the water paddling and boating with his lovely girlfriend. The Sea Wolf is so happy to have Cory join us for his first season.

Tom Debari

Chef
Tom has been a chef with the Sea wolf for 5 years and his food is so amazing that returning clients check when he is working before they book their adventure. He previously owned Milano's (for 25 yrs) an Italian restaurant in Glacier Washington- the town he still calls home. Tom is an avid back country skier and bicylcle enthusiast.

David Thomas

Chef
David is a long time Alaskan who freelances with the Sea Wolf as a chef. He owns Sentinel Coffee, an all organic roasting company and is an avid outdoor adventurer. Pictured here harvesting wild edibles for the table.

Marion Cascio

Chef
Marion grew up in Germany where she learned to cook in her parent’s restaurant. In 1997 she moved to beautiful Big Sur, California where she co-created a farm and homestead. While there, Marion worked for 5 years at Esalen Institute, where she cooked and baked healthy and delicious meals. Marion now lives in Ashland Oregon where she runs her own catering business and travels to cook at different destinations.

Jenny Hahn

Author, Professor, Naturalist & Kayak Guide
Naturalist Jenny Hahn has more than 25 years of wilderness travel under her boots and kayak hull—including kayaking solo from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Washington. Currently she is a professor at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College, teaching courses on northwest wild food and the Salish Sea Ecology. Jenny has guided with the Sea Wolf for over 7 years. In 2015 Jenny took a sabbatical as she received a grant to study Seaweed Toxicology in the Salish Sea.

Sean Neilson

Naturalist
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Tasha Lenning

Naturalist/Guide
Natasha was born and raised in southeast Alaska where she spent the first part of her life living on a family fishing boat until moving to Gustavus. Living near Glacier Bay, Tasha has enjoyed learning about the rich history and culture of the bay. This will be her third summer working on the beautiful Sea Wolf and is excited to teach and learn along side our guests.

Monika Becker

Naturalist/Guide
Monika Is a long time Naturalist/Guide in Southeast Alaska, leading multi-day camping paddling trips as well as guiding on the Sea Wolf. Monika has guided for the Sea Wolf for 5 years. Off -season, Monika lives in New Zealand with her husband, dog and farm animals on a small organic farm growing as much of their own food as possible.

Beth Martin

Naturalist/Guide
Beth's lifelong love of the outdoors began in the Appalachian mountains of southern Pennsylvania. She moved north to Bar Harbor on the beautiful coast of Maine to attend college where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology. She then left to explore the west coast after graduation where she fell in love with the Cascade Mountains and nearby Pacific Ocean and ended up making cozy NW Washington her home. This is her 4th season on the Sea Wolf where guests will see her in many roles.

Emily Herman

Office Manager / Master Gardener
Emily is the glue that keeps the Sea Wolf Office together and running smoothly. She spends her time in the Sea Wolf's garden, kitchen, and office. Emily’s interests and love for adventure have led her to commercial fishing, dispatching bush airplanes, and a variety of roles in non-profit work. Emily lives in Gustavus with her husband and two children where they feel very lucky to be building a house on the edge of millions of acres of wilderness. They subsist on garden and sea and couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else home.

Conservation and Philanthropy

Our Environmental Footprint:

  • The Sea Wolf has minimal ambient noise (underwater)so has a low disturbance rate to marine mammals
  • Minimal use of plastics with an annual reduction plan as new materials become available.
  • Meet EPA standards for overboard discharge of black water.
  • Recycle all garbage and food waste at the Gustavus Recycle Center
  • Use Eco-Friendly cleaning supplies
  • Guests are provided with eco-friendly shampoos, conditioners and soaps in refillable units to reduce plastics and be environmentally safe.
  • Our engine  in combination with a generator uses less than10 gallons of diesel per hour. We are investigating carbon footprint reductions and programs.
  • Use a paperless communication, marketing, and accounting system

Out Flora and Fauna Stewardship Program

  • Follow the guidelines of the “Marine Mammal Viewing Code of Conduct” as published by the National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Practice “Leave no Trace” principals
  • Follow wildlife viewing guides set by Glacier Bay National Park and the Tongass National forest.
  • Supporting Local Program

    • Our crew is over 70% Alaskans.
    • We Support various conservation and education organizations through monetary donations.
    • WE support our community of Gustavus by:
      • Purchase local produce from Gustavus and Alaskan community growers- Kimber-the owner also has an epic garden
      • Purchase our seafoods from local commercial fisherman
      • Hire locals for onboard and land support crew
      • We support the 3, 4 &5 grade classes through science supplies and an annual vessel expedition for science that supports a year-long class project.
      • We host an annual giving Christmas program

Philanthropy

  • Provide educational opportunities to our local students. You also can support by  donating to the Gustavus School Fund to fund science, literacy and opportunity for rural Alaskan children. Att: Gustavus School Fund: Jesse Soder- PO Box 120 Gustavus , Alaska. They are a non-profit and will send you a donation receipt. Please mention Sea Wolf Opportunity fund.
  • The Sea Wolf is an active wheelchair accessible vessel. We have a fund though Craig Hospital foundation to raise funds for trips for wheelers. The Therapeutic Recreation Program at Craig Hospital promotes overall fitness and well-being, with the goal of improving, maintaining or restoring physical strength, cognition, and mobility for someone with a nervous system injury through recreational activity. Recreation is an integral part of the total rehabilitation process. Leisure-time activities help define who we are, gives life fullness, and keeps us healthy. We have seen patients make dramatic improvement in their rehabilitation program when they rediscover their leisure-time activities.We love hosting Craig Clients on our wilderness adventure trips. We are all on an even keel as we paddle through the pristine wilderness-help support their adventures in life. Link to accessible photos. Link to Craig(working on)
  • We support, Nature Conservancy (https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/alaska/) ,
  • Southeast Alaska Conservation (https://www.seacc.org/)
  • Salmon beyond Borders to protect our Transboundary Rivers https://www.salmonbeyondborders.org/
  • We participate in Citizen Science projects whenever applicable.