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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:
- Hunter Education Class Schedules
- HIT Clinics Calendar
- Bear Baiting Clinics Schedule
- Mobile Shooting Schedule
- Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Events Schedule
|November 1, 3pm – 6pm||Freezer to Fork- Wild Game Cooking||Juneau||Experience the wilder side of cooking as you participate in this hands-on wild game cooking class with Chef Jeste Burton. Plan to eat what we cook. Class will be held at Thunder Mountain High School. Ages 10 to Adults. Youth under 18 years-old are FREE with each paying adult. Cost: $50 per adult. Pre-registration is required and some scholarships are available. For registration and scholarship forms see the Alaskans Afield page.|
|November 2, 2014||Beyond BOW Women's Hunter Education-FULL||Anchorage||For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.|
|November 6, 7pm – 9pm||Sharing Juneau's Trails - Trapping Presentation||Juneau||Please join us at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for a community trapping presentation sponsored by the Alaska Trappers Association and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This presentation will include viewing the Sharing Alaska's Trails video, what to look for while using trails, trap examples, Q&A with local trappers, and learning how to release pets from traps. For more information call 465-4265.|
|November 8, 1pm||Western Arctic Herd Community Caribou Meeting||Kobuk||Kobuk school and annual IRA meeting|
|November 8-9, 2014||Beyond BOW Wilderness Remote First Aid & CPR/AED||Anchorage||For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.|
|November 12, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Brown Bear Diet||Anchorage||By controlling the diet of brown bears at the Alaska Zoo, researchers are hoping to better understand how different foods are incorporated in the tissues of a bear, and how roads or other human developments might affect how bears forage for food. Matt Rogers, with UAA, discusses a collaborative research project with the Alaska Zoo that combines field studies, controlled feeding and ecological modeling to better understand the foraging ecology of Alaskan brown bears through stable isotope analysis. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.|
|November 13-19, 2014||Beyond BOW Raspberry Island Sea Duck & Deer Hunt||Raspberry Island Near Kodiak||For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.|
|November 17, 7pm||Mountain Goat Research in the Haines/Skagway Area||Haines||Join mountain goat biologist Kevin White and Area Management Biologist Stephanie Sell at the Chilkat Center Lobby to discuss on-going research being conducted in the Haines and Skagway area.|
|November 19, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Polar Bears||Mat-Su||A presentation about polar bears with Todd Atwood, U.S. Geological Survey
Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea have been spending greater amounts of time on the coastal North Slope of Alaska in summer and fall. This coincides with marked decreases in the extent of summer sea-ice coverage and may represent a choice made to exploit coastal habitats rather than followretreating sea ice into the Polar Basin. The use of on-shore habitats has the potential to increase exposure to contaminants and pollutants associated with industrial development and heighten the potential for human-bear interactions.
Wildlife Wednesdays are free lectures sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats and the U.S. Geological Survey to inform the community about Alaska's wildlife through current research, management practices, traditional knowledge and viewing opportunities. All lectures are held at the Mat-Su Community College.
|November 22, 12 pm – 4 pm||Thanksgiving for the Birds||Fairbanks||Creamer's Field. For more information go to http://www.creamersfield.org/ .|
|November 30 - December 6, 2014||Beyond BOW Raspberry Island Sea Duck & Deer Hunt||Raspberry Island Near Kodiak||For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.|
|December 5 – 6, Dec. 5, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm; Dec. 6, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm||Alaska’s Animals: The Stories Critter Cams Can Tell||Anchorage||This teacher workshop at the Alaska Zoo is geared for preschool and younger elementary grades, with a particular focus on the Anchorage School District’s First Grade Alaska Animals unit. Learn about Alaska Zoo and ADF&G educational resources, and how to use trail or critter cameras to teach students about wildlife, inquiry-based science and language arts. Cost is $74 for the UAA credit; $30 for the materials fee. Reserve your space by emailing email@example.com or calling 267-2168. Sponsored by ADF&G and the Alaska Zoo.|
|December 10, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: McNeil River Bear Viewing||Anchorage||Drew Hamilton, a field technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, discusses insights about brown bear behavior and shares photography from his seasonal work guiding bear-viewing at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.|
|December 10, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture Caribou||Mat-Su||A presentation about Caribou by Nick Demma of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Wildlife Wednesdays are free lectures sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats and the U.S. Geological Survey to inform the community about Alaska's wildlife through current research, management practices, traditional knowledge and viewing opportunities. All lectures are held at the Mat-Su Community College. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.|
|January 14, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Loons||Anchorage||Though rare compared to most waterbirds in Alaska, loons are aggressive rulers of tundra lakes, sometimes battling to the death. Joel Schmutz, with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center, shares research about the three Arctic species of loons in Alaska and how they differ in size, feeding strategy, abundance, and vulnerability to conservation threats. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.|
|February 11, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Bats||Anchorage||The ecology of bats in Alaska is a mystery but biologists are beginning to shed light on the behaviors of this unique flying mammal. Join Marian Snively, Wildlife Diversity Program biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, to learn how new research and acoustic monitoring, combined with a decade of Citizen Science participation, are filling information gaps on bat distributions, roosting, migration and hibernation activities. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.|
|March 11, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Bristle-thighed Curlew||Anchorage||Learn about Alaska’s rare shorebird and its connection to national wildlife refuges in Hawaii and the Pacific. Kristine Sowl, a wildlife biologist with the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, takes you on a journey to its remote western Alaska breeding grounds and winter home on the islands and atolls of the Pacific. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.|
|April 8, 7pm – 8pm||Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Killer Whale Predation on Gray Whales in the Unimak Island Region||Anchorage||Most of the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population migrates through Unimak Pass, Alaska. Over 100 killer whales also arrive to intercept them with effects that ripple through the near-shore and terrestrial ecosystem. Craig Matkin, Executive Director for the North Gulf Oceanic Society, will discuss this interaction and how it affects the marine ecosystem. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.|