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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!

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2019 Events

Date Title Location Description
May 22 Firearms 101: An introduction to new hunters (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

Are you interested in acquiring a firearm but unsure where to start? This course will walk you through a conversation of discovery as we help you assess your specific needs. Explore the possibilities as you consider the available options for firearms as well as ammunition to match your intended purpose. This course will include a review of firearms safety with an emphasis on the specific circumstances you might expect to encounter in the field or on the range.
June 1, 11 am – 4pm Potter Marsh Discovery Day Anchorage Potter Marsh boardwalk, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge - 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). Help celebrate Anchorage's most popular wildlife viewing area at this free annual event. This family-friendly nature festival brings you birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from Bird TLC, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, archery and spin casting practice, hands-on nature activities for kids, release of a rehabilitated wild bird, and more.
June 5, 7pm – 8pm Wildlife Wednesdays: Birds among Beasts Mat-Su Believe it or not, the Musk Ox Farm is home to scads of wonderful bird species that we can enjoy and interact with. Palmer's-own born and raised bird nut, Justin Saunders, has developed a passion for all things bird. Whether it's stationary observation, birding hikes, nest watching, bird lists, photography, audio recording, feeding, or even talking with the birds, Justin enjoys spending every free second interacting with these fascinating creatures. Join us at the Musk Ox Farm for a fun bird walk with Justin and some great discussion about birding! Musk Ox Farm is located at 12850 E Archie Rd Palmer, AK.

Additional Information

Please email sierra.doherty@alaska.gov for more information.

June 5 – 6, 9am – 5pm A New Home on the Range: Wood Bison Restoration Field-Trip Portage Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage Alaska. The Alaska Wood Bison is North America’s largest land animal and once had a thriving population in Alaska. Wood Bison left the Alaska landscape years ago, until a small herd was discovered in Canada. In this workshop learn the natural history of these behemoth cousins of the Plains Bison and the effort to repopulate Alaska with wood bison through a reintroduction project. We’ll learn about the natural history of wood bison, why this project became important and how the initiative began to make it happen. We’ll use science, civics, social studies and math to demonstrate how educators can engage students in a place-based themed series of lessons for the classroom and beyond and then meet these mighty mammals up close with biologist Tom Seaton. Both days will take place at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, one of the major partners of this project. 

Additional Information

This workshop is part of the Anchorage School District Summer Academy and is open to any educator across the state. This is a 1 credit graduate level 580 course to be used for recertification. Call with questions: Brenda Duty brenda.duty@alaska.gov 907-267-2216  To Register: https://woodbison.eventbrite.com

June 8, 11am – 3pm Fun on the Flats - Reflections Lake Discovery Day Palmer Reflections Lake, Mile 30 Glenn Highway at the Knik River Access exit. Get outdoors and explore the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge; Family-friendly events including nature walks, booths, activities and art; Learn to identify birds on the refuge; Live educational bird presentation; Bear spray demonstrations; Trap release demonstrations; Learn to cast a fly rod; Help stock lake with fish; Food truck on-site.

Additional Information

Sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish and Game and our community partners. For more information, contact Sierra Doherty at (907) 861-2104 or email sierra.doherty@alaska.gov.

June 15 Wild Plants and Outdoor Cooking (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

Join us for an interpretive hike where you'll learn the common names and properties of wild plants. Help harvest some of nature's edible delights to add to recipes we'll cook up in our backcountry kitchen. We'll set up different camp stoves and discuss how to plan and prepare lightweight, delicious meals for your next outdoor adventure.
June 20–23, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Backcountry Backpacking Adventure (Beyond Bow) Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
June 29 Small Game Hunting — Field Dressing & Cooking (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them, what equipment you'll need, and how to field-dress small game. We will also share some of our favorite recipes and cooking techniques. Class is geared for adults and youth (10 and up).
July 1 Archery (Alaskans Afield) Juneau Register at Alaskans Afield

Bow and arrow basics, shooting in both an indoor and outdoor setting using light compound bows. Safety and skill will be taught, and all materials provided. Learn how a bow can be an effective means of harvesting game
July 14, Sunday 9am–7pm Big Game Hunting Rifle (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
Wednesday, July 24 Sheep Hunting Clinic (HIT Clinic) Fairbanks For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
August 4, Sunday 10am–4pm RCSP Sighting in Day (HIT Clinic) Anchorage For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
August 6–7, Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm–9pm Shotgun (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
August 17 Outdoor Survival (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

Have you ever been stuck in the wilderness unexpectedly? Give yourself a better shot at surviving and being found by learning the basics of how to signal a rescue party, create an emergency kit, build a fire, and prevent bear encounters.
September 1 Rifle Basics (Alaskans Afield) Juneau Register at Alaskans Afield

Learn the fundamentals of basic rifle marksmanship principles, sighting in and establishing a "zero" for your rifle, plus rifle maintenance and cleaning. Understand the pros and cons of different shooting positions and adapting to various distances.
October 21, 10am – 5pm Belugas Count! Anchorage Turnagain & Knik Arm Viewing Stations (10am – 2pm): whale counts & information. The Alaska Zoo (1pm-5pm): booths, presentations, & family activities. Hosted by NOAA Fisheries, ADF&G and other partners.  Come join the first annual Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Celebration and Citizen Count. Free. Additional Information or visit the Belugas Count! Facebook page.
November 10, Sunday 8am–5pm Hunter Education (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.