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Alaskans Afield
Outdoor Skills for Friends and Families

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Alaskans Afield classes provide fun, safe, hands-on learning of outdoor skills. Classes are designed for both youth and adults. Bring a friend or the entire family and enjoy time together learning new outdoor skills. Alaskans Afield classes are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and our foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska.

Archery Using a GPS in the field Shooting Fly fishing Survival/fire starting Processing meat

2015 Classes

Here's a glimpse of the Spring/Summer classes. Class dates and registration information will be posted in early April.

Classes in Mat-Su

Class Information Date
Archery For All
How do you hold a bow? What is a “nock”? Can you really hit that target? Absolutely! You’ll learn proper equipment selection, correct shooting techniques and form, along with basic archery terminology and practice shooting at 3-D targets.
Date to be announced (TBA)
Riflery — Principles & Practice
Our expert marksmen and women will introduce you to the fundamentals of shooting a .22 caliber rifle safely and accurately. Learn to shoot in various positions, including prone, sitting, kneeling and standing.
TBA
Map & Compass
A map and compass can keep you from getting lost, if you know how to use it. Our instructors will help you learn to read a map, take a bearing, plot a course, and follow it.
TBA
First Aid in the Backcountry
In the wild, you can't call for an ambulance. What will you do if someone gets injured? Learn how to use what's available to help someone who needs first aid.
TBA
Wild & Edible Plants
Take a walk with a wild plant expert and learn how to distinguish between tasty trail snacks and poisonous plants. Go home with a wild herb product.
TBA
Big Game Hunting
Interested in filling your freezer? Experienced hunters will teach you the basics of how and where to hunt for big game species.
TBA
Small Game Hunting
Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them and what equipment you’ll need.
TBA

Classes in Juneau

Class Information Date
Finding Your Way in the Woods — Using Maps, Compass & GPS
Discover how useful your map, compass and GPS unit can be during all kinds of outdoor adventures!
TBA
All Things Wild on the Wetlands
Learn to identify edible plants, wetland birds and common critters while exploring your local wildlife refuge.
TBA
Fly Fishing Fundamentals
Learn the fundamentals of fly fishing – casting, selecting flies, knots and gear, and hopefully hooking, reeling in and landing fish.
TBA
Step into Shotgun
Learn how to shoot at moving targets. Our instructors will have you breaking clay birds in no time.
TBA
Outdoor Survival
Be comfortable and confident when venturing out in Southeast Alaska. Learn what to put in your survival kit and how to use it. Learn survival skills — how to make a shelter, fire, keep safe if lost, signal for help and how to keep the right attitude in a survival situation.
TBA
Waterfowl Hunting
Learn the basics of bird hunting on the Mendenhall Refuge. Prerequisites: Firearms Safety or Hunter Education, NRA or 4H Firearm Safety Certificate AND shotgun class.
TBA
Step into the Shooting Sports
Hands-on training on basic gun handling, safety and shooting techniques. This class will promote the safe and ethical use of firearms.
TBA
Deer Hunting — Preparation & Planning
Learn about where to go, what to take, how to find and stalk a deer, and finally what to do after you take the shot including field dressing and how to pack it out.
TBA
Field to Freezer — deer skinning and meat processing
Learn how to properly care for and butcher the meat so it’s ready to pull out of the freezer all year long.
TBA

Classes in Sitka

Class Information Date
Deer Hunting — Preparation & Planning
Learn about where to go, what to take, how to find and stalk a deer, and finally what to do after you take the shot including field dressing and how to pack it out.
TBA
Field to Freezer — deer skinning and meat processing
Learn how to properly care for and butcher the meat so it’s ready to pull out of the freezer all year long.
TBA

Contact

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Scholarships

We are pleased to offer a few partial scholarships for Alaskans Afield classes. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship to attend classes, please complete and submit an application.