Indian River workshop set for Nov. 13 at the Sitka National Historical Park visitors center

The Indian River Watershed Working Group will offer a workshop about Indian River from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at the at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center.

Workshop topics will include the quality of fish habitat in the river, how past and present land uses have affected the river, and what can be done to improve and maintain the quality of the river for fish and all community activities in the watershed. This workshop is free and open to the public.

The Indian River Watershed Working Group is facilitated by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska through a grant from the National Forest Foundation. Working group participants include Mount Edgecumbe High School students, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka Sound Science Center, City and Borough of Sitka, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baranof Island Housing Authority, Sitka Conservation Society, the Alaska Raptor Center, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Brinnen Carter at 747-0140.​

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Natural History Seminar Series hosts Winter Birding 101 presentation

Learn about birds that winter in the Sitka area during a Winter Birding 101 presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. Matt Goff and Gwen Baluss will talk about how to identify the birds that winter in Sitka, monitoring bird feeders, and an update on a local bird-banding project.

This free event is part of the Natural History Seminar Series hosted by UAS Sitka Campus, the Sitka Sound Science Center, and Sitka National Historical Park. For more information, contact Kitty LaBounty at kllabounty@alaska.edu.

 

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The dangerous journey of the silver salmon is Eco-Discovery Day topic Oct. 27 at Sitka Sound Science Center

Join us for the dangerous journey of the silver salmon from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Participate in games and activities to learn what it takes for a silver salmon to go from egg to adult. Those who take the journey earn their very own Eco-Discovery button upon completion.

There will be multiple stations with hands-on activities appropriate for children between kindergarten and sixth grade. The expected time it takes to solve the mystery is 30-45 minutes. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.

Eco-Discovery is coordinated by a partnership between the Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Conservation Society. For more information about the event, contact Kristina at ktirman@sitkascience.org.

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Sitka’s 4H program seeks volunteers to help with programs

Want to help young people learn a variety of life skills? The Alaska Way of Life 4H program hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society and University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service seeks adult volunteers to help with its programs.

Some of the programs hosted by the Sitka Spruce Tips 4H club include photography, cooking, food and nutrition, knitting, shooting sports, sewing, birding, gardening, leathermaking, and more. 4H is a program for ages 5-19.

For more information about being a volunteer, contact Claire Sanchez at 747-7509 or claire@sitkawild.org.

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Sitka National Historical Park hosts youth Eco-Detectives event on Sept. 29

A mystery has taken place at Sitka National Historical Park, and we need Sitka’s youth sleuths to help us solve the caper. Crack the case by using investigative techniques to eliminate suspects and earn your very own Eco-Detectives button upon completion of the investigation.

The first installment of this fall’s Eco-Detectives series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 29, at the park’s Visitor Center (this is a teacher in-service day). Join park rangers from Sitka National Historical Park and scientists from the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Sitka Conservation Society to help crack the Mystery in the Trees. 

The series, which is offered free to the public, is designed for youth from kindergarten through sixth grade, and is self-paced. On average it takes participants between 30-45 minutes to complete the program.  Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the Eco-Detectives series, contact Ryan Carpenter at 747-0121.

The Eco-Detectives series is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service, the Sitka Sound Science Center, the Sitka Conservation Society, and 4H.

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Hames Wellness Center to host five-week Backpacking 101 class in October

Want to learn how to prepare for a backcountry adventure?

Backcountry snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast Meridith Condon, a National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor, will teach a five-week Backpacking 101 class in October at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center. The classes will be from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, and Oct. 31, at Hames Center.

The first class will deal with goals and gear. The next two classes will discuss maps and route planning. The fourth class is about backcountry cooking, and the final class is about planning a trip.

The class series costs $50, and space is limited. For more information, contact the Hames Center at 747-5080.

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Celebrate Founders Day on Friday at the Sitka National Historical Park

Come on by to celebrate Founders Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center.

Founders Day is the annual celebration of the establishment of the National Park Service. This year’s 101st birthday celebration will include National Park Service-themed cupcakes, a selfie station with the park’s bison mascot, pop-up art and writing walls and an interactive National Park Service map activity.

If you have questions, please call the park’s Visitor Center at 747-0110.

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