“Looking forward, we’re hoping to develop a more robust wellness curriculum that’s tailored for teenage participants, as well as alternative wellness activities for youth who have attended our programs across multiple years.” – Stacie, Interim Manager of Rural
St. Mary’s is located on the north bank of the Andreafsky River, 5 miles from its confluence with the Yukon River, and 450 air miles west-northwest of Anchorage. Falling within the transitional climate zone, St. Mary’s is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 587 (2018).
St. Mary’s, traditionally Negeqliq (Central Yup’ik) meaning “the one far to the north,” is a Yup’ik community that maintains a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.