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Alaskans Afield
Outdoor Skills for Friends and Families

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.

2015 Spring/Summer Schedule

Alaskans Afield classes will be held in the Mat-Su and Juneau this year. Pre-registration is required. Sign up early, as space is limited. Classes are held on Saturdays between 10am & 1pm unless stated otherwise.

Cost per class is between $20 and $40; under 18 year-olds are FREE with each paying adult. Scholarships are available. Please download a registration form to sign up for one or all classes being offered.

Classes in Mat-Su

Class Information Date Location
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.
May 16 Matanuska Farm
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.
May 30 Matanuska Farm
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. Minimum age for this class is 10 years.
June 13 Cook Inlet Archers
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. Minimum age for this class is 10 years.
June 27 Birchwood Shooting Range
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.
July 11 Matanuska Farm
Small Game Hunting
Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them and what equipment you’ll need.
July 25 Matanuska Farm
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.
Aug. 8 Matanuska Farm

Classes in Juneau

Class Information Date Location
Introduction to Black Bear Hunting
(Part I)

Learn about where to go, what to take, hunt planning and hunting black bears safely and ethically. This two-part class has a minimum age requirement of 10 years.
April 10,
6–9pm
Juneau Indoor Shooting Range
Black Bear Field Dressing & Skinning
(Part II)

Learn what to do after you take the shot including field dressing and skinning hands-on practice. Min. age is 10 years.
April 11,
10am–2pm
Juneau Indoor Shooting Range
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.
June 27 TBA
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!
July 11 Juneau Shooting Range
All Things Wild on the Wetlands
Learn to identify edible plants, wetland birds and common critters while exploring your local wildlife refuge.
July 25 MWSGR Fish Creek
Fly Fishing Fundamentals
Learn the basics of fly fishing – casting, selecting flies, knots and gear, and hopefully hooking, reeling in and landing fish.
Aug. 8 Montana Creek
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. Minimum age for this class is 10 years.
Aug. 15 Juneau Shooting Range

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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.