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Searching for things to do with the kids or events for families? Look no further! Want to learn a new outdoor skill or get certified before you go hunting? We’ve got you covered! Looking for continuing education credits or professional development workshops for teachers? We provide them!

Check our event listings and mark your calendar to join us.

Hunter Education Events

The Hunter Information & Training Program, (HIT) offers a variety of certification and training courses as well hunter informational clinics. These courses are taught by qualified volunteer instructors and ADF&G personnel throughout the state. They include certification classes in Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunting, Muzzleloader, and Bear Baiting. Clinics include reloading, bow tuning and meat care to name a few. The HIT Program also offers these courses and clinics via the Mobile Shooting Sports trailer that visits remote, road accessible communities throughout the year. For classes and clinics in your area please check out these links:

2017 Events

Date Title Location Description
February 24-26, 2017 Beyond BOW Back Country Ski Adventure Juneau Lake, Resurrection Trail For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
February 25, 2017 Beyond BOW: Winter Animal Tracking & XC Skiing Juneau For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
February 28, 2017 Beyond BOW Handgun Cleaning & Maintenance Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 1, 7 pm – 8 pm Mat-Su Wildlife Wednesdays- Tracking the Wolverine Palmer Join ADF&G biologist, Mike Harrington to look at how wolverine tracks help management biologists with population estimates. Follow along the trails of collared wolverines to better understand their movements, home range and relationship with other wolverines.
The Wildlife Wednesday lectures series is a free event and held at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. Supported by a partnership between Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, The Nature Conservancy and Mat-Su Salmon Partnership.
March 1, 2017 Beyond BOW Rifle & Shotgun Cleaning & Maintenance Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 2 - May 11, 2017 Beyond BOW Women's Spring Shotgun League Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 8, 7–8 pm Wildlife Wednesdays: Where have all the kings gone? Anchorage Sponsored by the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Geographic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. The Alaska Zoo is located at 4731 O'Malley Road. Talk Description: Declines of king salmon populations across Alaska since 2007 are perplexing scientists and concerning Alaskans who treasure their iconic salmon. Bill Templin, a fisheries scientist and geneticist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will talk about a research project that investigated Chinook salmon stocks across Alaska to help understand what might be causing this downturn, and what may reverse the trend.
March 10-12, 2017 BOW Winter Workshop - Email for Waiting List Chickaloon For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 25, 12 pm – 1:30 pm Electric Fencing to Deter Bears Anchorage Alaska Mill, Feed & Garden Center. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Tony Carnahan will teach livestock owners the basics of setting up electric fencing to deter bears. View videos on how to set up an electric fence at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livingwithbears.bearfences. No cost; free. 
 
March 26, 2017 Beyond BOW Big Game Hunting Rifle Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 30 – April 2 Bear Aware Scavenger Hunt at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show Anchorage Come have fun learning about bear safety at the annual bear aware scavenger hunt, hosted by the BLM, ADF&G and other Anchorage Bear Committee partners. The scavenger hunt is open throughout the show, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Sullivan and Ben Boecke Arenas in Anchorage. For more about show hours, visit http://greatalaskasportsmanshow.com/. 
April 5, 7 pm – 8 pm Mat-Su Wildlife Wednesdays- Little Brown Bats in Alaska Palmer Did you know that the Little Brown Bat is the most common bat species in Alaska? Although we have seen more research on bats, there is still little known about some of their most important behaviors. Do they migrate? Do they over-winter here? How many bats live in Alaska? White-Nose Syndrome is a fungus that is killing bats by the millions in the Lower 48 and Canada. Join ADF&G biologist, Marian Snively, to find out more about the little brown bat, possible implications of White-Nose Syndrome in Alaska, and what you can do to help.
Mat-Su Wildlife Wednesdays Lecture Series is a free event and held at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. Supported by a partnership between the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, the Nature Conservancy and Mat-Su Salmon Partnership.
April 8, 9 am – 5 pm ADF&G Professional Development Workshop: Alaska Animals Anchorage Discover resources from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Zoo that complement and support the Anchorage School District's Alaska Animals kit and curriculum for first grade students. We also sharea new ADF&G bear curriculum at the workshop. Hands-on lessons and field trip opportunities at the Alaska Zoo will be emphasized. Learn to incorporate science, technology, math, language arts, arts, civics - and fun, outdoor learning - into your wildlife lessons. All grades are welcome; best suited for early elementary grades and early childhood. 

Additional Information

Details: Workshop is geared toward early elementary educators but may be suitable for early childhood too, and will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road.  A portion of the workshop will be held outdoors. Cost is $30 for the workshop; credit is available for an additional $79 through the University of Alaska. To register contact Brenda Duty, brenda.duty@alaska.gov; 907-267-2216. 

April 10-11 & 13, 2017 Beyond BOW Fur Sewing Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 12, 7–8 pm Wildlife Wednesdays: Working for Healthy Alaska Wildlife Anchorage Sponsored by the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Geographic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. The Alaska Zoo is located at 4731 O'Malley Road. Talk Description: Have you ever wanted to be a wildlife veterinarian, or wondered what they did? If so, please join Dr. Bob Gerlach, the Alaska State Veterinarian, to learn how he monitors the health of Alaska’s wildlife, and is keeping an eye out for diseases that could be passed to people.
April 15, 2017 Beyond BOW Small Game Hunting & Field Dressing Ketchikan For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 2017 BOW Shotguns & Stilettos Fun Shoot Mat Su Valley For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 21 – 23 Wild & Aware Week in Girdwood Girdwood Wild & Aware Girdwood and the Anchorage Bear Committee host the sixth annual community week including a school program, movie night and an April 23 event at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Visit wildaware.org. 
 
April 21 - 22, 2017 Beyond BOW Upland Bird Hunting for 'Hooters' Juneau For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 21-22, 2017 Beyond BOW Handgun Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 23, 2017 Beyond BOW Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 25, 6 – 7:30 pm Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI Anchorage REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
April 25-26, 2017 Beyond BOW Staying Safe In Bear Country Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April Conserving Campbell Creek Through Education and Restoration Anchorage Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery, Anchorage Alaska. Learn to lead students in service learning to conserve, preserve and restore riparian habitat in urban Alaska. This course is a combined Project WILD, Alaska Wildlife Curriculum and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Curriculum workshop for teachers grades 3-8 (you will receive copies of these). Stormwater runoff pollution is one of the major contributors to declining salmon runs, and one of the most preventable types of water pollution! Learn how you and your students can help conserve the banks (riparian habitat) of the Campbell Creek Tract. Teachers will receive hands on training in riparian repair to help them lead students in stewardship activities along our city’s most precious fish resource, Campbell Creek. Pre-Registration Required. call Cathy Rezabeck at 907-250-4507 or email anroeak@gmail.com

Additional Information

This workshop is part of a large Campbell Creek Restoration Grant involving sites including Taku Lake and Rovenna Street. Teachers district-wide are welcome. Teachers will be eligible to apply for a PLT grant for a spring restoration project. This workshop supports the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM.

May 11, 6 – 7:30 pm Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI Anchorage REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
May 14, 12 pm – 4 pm Bear Aware Day at the Alaska Zoo Anchorage Alaska Zoo. Fun and educational Bear Awareness event for all ages. Learn how to live and recreate safely in bear country and watch as the Alaska Zoo's bears try to open bear-resistant trash cans! Hosted by the Zoo, ADF&G and other members of the Anchorage Bear Committee Education Group.Regular Zoo admission applies; mothers get in free for Mother's Day.
May 18, 20-21, 2017 Beyond BOW Wilderness Remote First Aid Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 21, 2017 Beyond BOW Women's Hunter Education Class Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 31, 7 pm Bear Aware for Families Anchorage Campbell Creek Science Center. Hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee Education Group. Geared for families with children. Learn to use bear spray. Free; open to the public.
June 3, 11 am – 4 pm Potter Marsh Discovery Day Anchorage Potter Marsh boardwalk, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. Discover Potter Marsh and some of Alaska’s wildlife at Anchorage’s most popular wildlife viewing area. This family-friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, kid-friendly archery range, fly and spin casting practice, and more. 

Additional Information

2880 East 154th Avenue, Anchorage, AK; located at Mile 117 along the Seward Highway approximately 10 miles south of Downtown Anchorage (approximately 1/2 mile south of the Rabbit Creek Road exit and across from the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range).

June 15, 6 – 7:30 pm Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI Anchorage REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
June 25, 2 pm Living in Bear Country Presentation Eagle River Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Rd. Learn how to stay safe in bear country, including how to recreate safely and install an electric fence to protect chickens or other livestock from bears. Presentation by Tony Carnahan, a wildlife biologist with ADF&G. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
July 11, 6 – 7:30 pm Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI Anchorage REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
August 8-9, 2017 Beyond BOW Shotgun Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
August 19, 2017 Beyond BOW Duck Hunting 101 Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
August 22, 6 – 7:30 pm Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI Anchorage REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
October 29, 2017 Beyond BOW Women's Hunter Education Class Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.