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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
January 28 & 29, Monday & Tuesday, 6pm–10pm Women's Handgun Clinic (HIT Clinic) Fairbanks For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
February 11 & 12, Monday & Tuesday, 6pm-10pm Women's Rifle Clinic (HIT Clinic) Fairbanks For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
February 23, Saturday, 9am–12pm Bear and Sheep Hunting Clinic (HIT Clinic) Anchorage For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
March 9 – 31 Small Game Field to Fork (Alaskans Afield) Anchorage Register at Alaskans Afield

Are you outdoor savvy and interested in hunting but have never had the time/knowledge/skills/mentor — (fill in the blank) — to pursue it? In this multi-day course, you will learn what it takes to get started from choosing the right equipment and firearm to planning your trip and identifying species. This course is designed to take participants through a Basic Hunter Education class on March 9th and then follow-up with an opportunity three weeks later to harvest, field dress, and cook small game.

This course is for adults (18 and up) and space is limited. To register, please contact Stephen Sowell, email: stephen.sowell@alaska.gov or call 907-465-4345.
March 21, 6–9 pm Growing Up WILD! Discover, Learn, Explore Nome 400 Front Street Nome, Alaska UAF NW Campus. Hands-on, Interactive and open to all educators, homeschool instructors, daycare providers, youth and community organizations! This workshop introduces the award-winning conservation education programs using inquiry: Alaska Wildlife Curriculum, and Growing Up WILD to assist Pre-K and early elementary teachers and their students in learning about Alaska’s wildlife, science and inquiry in their own backyard! Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-wild-early-childhood-workshop-discover-learn-explore-tickets-58338973440 Call with questions: Brenda Duty brenda.duty@alaska.gov 907-267-2216
March 22 – 23 Building Blocks of Ecology Nome 400 Front Street Nome, Alaska UAF NW Campus. This professional development workshop for educators introduces inquiry methods to teach about the Ecology generally, and specifically of NW Alaska. Learn about food chains and webs, the difference between ecosystem and habitat, adaptations, population dynamics, competition and energy flow through an ecosystem. This place based workshop is full of active learning for teachers of all types and their students. Leave the workshop with curriculum guides, support materials and more and is applicable for K-12 classroom teachers and educators. This course can be taken for graduate level credit toward a teaching certificate. To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-blocks-of-ecology-tickets-58338068734 Call with questions: Brenda Duty brenda.duty@alaska.gov 907-267-2216
March 24, Sunday 8am–6pm Big Game Hunting Rifle (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 29 & 30, Friday 5pm–10pm & Saturday 8am–7pm Handgun (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
March 30 & 31, Saturday & Sunday 4:30–6pm Archery 101 (Beyond Bow) Wasilla For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 3, 7pm – 8pm Wildlife Wednesday - Mat-Su Valley Pike: Friend or Foe? Mat-Su Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S. Georgeson Rd., Palmer. These voracious eaters may be fun to fish, but they are not in fact naturally occurring in the Mat-Su, and can severely impact local native fish populations. Come learn from ADF&G fishery biologists Parker Bradley and Cody Jacobson about these impressive fresh water hunters: how they got here, why they are a problem for other native fish like salmon, what local organizations like ADFG are doing about it, and how local residents can help. Email sierra.doherty@alaska.gov for more information.
April 3, 2019, 6pm-9pm Bear Bait Certification Clinic (HIT Clinic) Fairbanks For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
April 4, 6 & 7, Thursday 6pm–9pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am–6pm Wilderness Remote First Aid (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 8 & 9, 6pm–10pm Women's Only Hunter Education (HIT Clinic) Fairbanks For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
April 9 Small Game Hunting & Field Dressing (Alaskans Afield) Petersburg Register at Alaskans Afield

Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them and what equipment you'll need. Learn how to care for, and field-dress small game. We will also share some of our favorite recipes to get you started. Class is geared for adults and youth (10 and up).
April 13 Small Game Hunting & Field Dressing (Alaskans Afield) Ketchikan Register at Alaskans Afield

Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them and what equipment you'll need. Learn how to care for, and field-dress small game. Participants will also have the opportunity to venture into the field with Small Game Biologist, Rick Merizon, to observe hare, grouse and ptarmigan habitat. Class is geared for adults and youth (10 and up)
April 17–19 & 24–26, 2019 Women's Spring Shotgun League (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 22 & 23, Monday and Tuesday 6pm–9pm Archery 101 (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 23 & 25, Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm–10pm Hunter Education (Beyond Bow) Palmer For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 27, Saturday 8am–5pm Hunter Education (Beyond Bow) Kenai For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
April 28, Saturday 9am–6pm. Survival (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 2, Thursday 6pm–9pm Map and Compass Clinic (HIT Clinic) Fairbanks For additional details visit the Hit Clinics Schedule page.
May 5, Sunday 8am–5pm Hunter Education (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 7–8, Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm–9pm Staying Safe in Bear Country (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 10–11, Friday 5pm–10pm & Saturday 8am–7pm Handgun (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 10-12, Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday morning Southeast BOW Spring Workshop Echo Ranch Camp, Juneau For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 18, Saturday 9am–5pm Beaver Skinning & Hide Prep (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
May 19, Sunday 9am–6pm Map & Compass (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
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 Riflery: Principles & Practice (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

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. Class is geared for adults and youth (10 and up) accompanied by an adult.
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 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 (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

Session I — Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them and what equipment you'll need. Learn how to care for, and field-dress small game. We will also share some of our favorite recipes to get you started.
Session II — Learn to identify small game species and their preferred habitats. Participants will have the opportunity to venture into the field with Small Game Biologist, Rick Merizon, to observe hare, grouse and ptarmigan habitat.

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 8am–6pm 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.
September 1 Archery for All (Alaskans Afield) Mat-Su Register at Alaskans Afield

How do you hold a bow? What is a "nock?" Can you really hit that target? Absolutely! Our expert instructors will have you shooting bows successfully in no time!
November 10, Sunday 8am–5pm Hunter Education (Beyond Bow) Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.