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Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin

Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Watching Jeff Corwin in action will likely make you say, "How do I get a gig like that?"

The passionate host hops off a cruise ship to visit "the greatest port cities" in the world. "For me, it's about exploring," he explains.

So, during his one-day stop in Skagway, Alaska, he helicopters to Denver Glacier and learns about dog sledding and training for the Iditarod race. He also takes a train ride through the White Pass, traveling the same trail as old gold miners, and he still has time to visit the Kroschel Films Wildlife Center, where he feeds a reindeer calf and marvels at nearby grizzly bears.

He sure gets a lot done in a day.

Corwin makes every stop seem breathtakingly exciting. "I could spend all day staring at this bear!" he says. And, "I honestly think a porcupine is iconic."

During his stop in Ketchikan, Alaska, Corwin goes salmon fishing, hoping to hook a Chinook. But he only reels in six pink salmon. Darn. "But still, it was a ton of fun!" he enthuses, before moving on to visit a master totem pole carver named Nathan. "It's humbling," says Corwin, to watch Nathan "transforming a tree into art and a story."

As Corwin zip-lines through the Tongass rain forest, he looks down. "Lo and behold, they are black bears!" As he finished up his day, he adds: "Life is at its zenith. Life begins a new. It's spectacular. It's Alaska."

Not that we're arguing with his passionate delivery. The footage on the show and the places Corwin goes are a wonderful journey for any viewer.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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