Two Calgary cousins are preparing to set sail on an expedition to Canada’s Arctic.

Khloe Heard Wheattey, 18 and Jacob Swan, 16, are the only two Calgarians amongst a group of 79 students participating in Students on Ice 2010 youth expedition.

Preparing to go to university in the fall to study sciences, Wheattey said she thought the program would be a great introduction.

“It will be nice to see what’s actually happening with all the climate changes,” she said. “I know not many people get to go out to the arctic.”

Program founder Geoff Green said the expedition gives students a whole new outlook on the world.

“(They gain) a really deep connection to the natural world,” he said.