Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club to host open house on Monday, Oct. 3

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 106 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

This event is open to youth ages 5-18, and their parents, who want to learn more about the 4-H program in Sitka. The 4-H club offers a storytelling series, running club, scavenger hunt, and wild edibles workshops, and that’s just in October.

The October calendar will be available for review at the open house, plus there will be door prize giveaways for the first 20 youth to attend.

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H program is co-sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. For more details, contact Jasmine Shaw at jdshaw2@alaska.edu or 907-747-9440.

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Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way Of Life 4-H Club to offer Fall Wild Edibles Series in September

Join Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club for four sessions celebrating wild edibles through identifying, harvesting, and processing from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28.

All ages are invited to learn more about local mushroom, bog, berry, and salmon species. There is a supply fee of $10. Scholarships are available.

The Sitka 4-H club is supported through a partnership between the Sitka Conservation Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

The first step is to register for 4-H at http://4h.zsuite.org/ (all participants must be registered with 4-H to be on the organization’s insurance policy). 

Contact emily@sitkawild.org for more information.

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Old-Growth Forest Network to recognize two trails in Sitka on Monday, Aug. 15

Please join us for a celebration as we dedicate Beaver Lake/Herring Cove Trail and Salmon Lake Trail into the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN), a national network of protected and publicly accessible old-growth or mature forests. These two trails will be the first trails in Alaska added to the network.

Gather with OGFN staff and local conservation partners across Sitka for a dedication ceremony at the Herring Cove Trailhead. A 1.5-hour hike to Beaver Lake to view one of these special stands of mature trees will follow for anyone interested.

The Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN) envisions a national network of treasured forests where all generations experience the beauty and integrity of nature. Its mission is to create a network of forests across the U.S. — one in each county or borough where forests can grow, open for visitors and set aside from commercial logging — and a network of people inspired to protect them. For more information, see https://www.oldgrowthforest.net/

Directions: Follow Sawmill Creek Road six miles east of Sitka. The road is gravel for the last mile beyond the Gary Paxton Industrial Park and the trailhead is located at the parking area at the end of the road. For questions, please contact OGFN Executive Director Sarah Adloo at Sarah@oldgrowthforest.net

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Sitka Trail Works, Sitka Tribe of Alaska to host Lingít Aaní Trailworks Camp for youth

Sitka Trail Works is teaming up with Sitka Tribe of Alaska to host a week of youth programming for middle and high school age students. During this free, week-long camp, 6th-12th graders will learn about this land through traditional place names and hands-on stewardship.

Each day, campers will meet for a provided lunch then travel to a different site. Meet from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday-Friday, July 11-15, at Pacific High School.

Students will learn from this land through traditional place name and engaging in hands on stewardship, like brushing, clearing drainage, and other trail maintenance. This camp re-imagines the beloved SCORE program formerly led by Sitka Community Schools. The 2022 pilot week will be expanded to a full summer season camp in 2023.

Register today at this link, https://forms.gle/1Aijxv9JwBtNqTz1A

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Kids Fishing Day set for Saturday, June 11, at Swan Lake in Sitka

Kids, get your lucky fishing hats and join the party. The annual Kids Fishing Day is set for Saturday, June 11, at Swan Lake here in Sitka.

The lake recently was stocked with wild rainbow trout, and with fish measuring from 6-12 inches long. These fish are mixing in with the normal cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden that normally live in Swan Lake.

Kids Fishing Day has prizes for kids ages 2-12, who can fish from shore or a boat. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and fishing starts at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded about 12:30-1 p.m. (must be present to win a prize). In recent years there usually have been about 100 young anglers participating, and as many as 50 boats have been counted out on the lake. There will be hot dogs and chips for the kids, as well as a booth where the kids can make fish prints.

No fishing license is needed for kids age 16-younger (those ages 13-16 aren’t eligible to compete). Kids may fish from shore or on a boat, but all participants must wear a personal flotation device. Kids needing PFDs can borrow them from one of the Kids Don’t Float lockers at any of Sitka’s harbors.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has liberalized the fishing regulations for the Saturday of the fishing derby, which means kids can use bait, and catch up to two trout of any size (normally, only trout between 11-22 inches can be caught). Click this link for more info about the Kids Fishing Day relaxed regulations for Saturday (note, press release is from 2014).

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the USDA Forest Service-Sitka Ranger Station, and the Sitka Rotary Club. For more information, contact Joe Serio of the U.S. Forest Service at 747-6671.

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Sitka Conservation Society brings back Parade of the Species costume walk on Earth Day

There will be eagles and jellyfish and herring, Oh My! Join us at 3:30 p.m. this Earth Day, Friday, April 22, for the 2022 Parade of the Species. After missing two years due to Covid-19, this is the 19th Parade of Species.

Get creative in the next week, creating a costume inspired by your favorite species. The sky’s the limit. We will meet at Totem Square for costume judging, then parade down Lincoln Street starting at 3:30 to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp campus. Costume prizes donated by local sponsors will be awarded at the end of the parade.

All ages are welcome. Masks are required. For more information, contact Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org or 747-7509.

This event is coordinated by the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club, which is supported in partnership by Sitka Conservation Society with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service.

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Sitka National Historical Park celebrates spring with a weekend of community events on April 23-24

SITKA, Alaska — As summer quickly approaches, Sitka National Historical Park offers family friendly activities over the weekend of April 23 and 24 to celebrate the upcoming season.

April 23 — JR. RANGER DAY, 1-3 pm

This year’s theme is Bear Awareness and Safety. Outdoor stations will be available for families to drop in and participate between 1-3pm. Activities include scat and track identification, a clean camp demo, bear craft activities, and hands-on bear spray demos. Jr. Rangers don’t leave empty-handed – complete an activity card for all the stations to earn a custom “Bear Aware” patch (while supplies last).

April 24 — B.A.R.K. Ranger Day, 1-3 pm

This family and “fur baby” event has four outdoor stations to learn the “BARK Ranger” Code:

B = BAG YOUR WASTE
A = ALWAYS WEAR A LEASH
R = RESPECT WILDLIFE AND OTHER PARK USERS
K = KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GO

There will be a costume contest for dogs at the end of the event. This year’s theme is “Sitka Spirit,” so if your adorable dog resembles a bear, seal, or banana slug, they’re already close to winning. Prizes are for the pooches, but kids’ activities will be provided. Partners include Sitka Animal Hospital, Ariana’s Grooming Service, and Sitka Animal Shelter

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About Sitka National Historical Park. Alaska’s oldest federally designated park, Sitka National Historical Park preserves and interprets a culturally and historically significant landscape that tells the story of Southeast Alaska Native peoples, signature totemic art form, the 1804 Battle of Sitka, and Russian exploration and colonization.

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Sitka Outdoor Challenge 2022 kicks off in April with lots of events for kids

It’s time for the Sitka Outdoor Challenge 2022 — a slate of free and fun family activities during April, May, and June. Sign up here to enter drawings. https://forms.gle/gLk1Mz6TYomLgkbd7.

This event is also known as the Sheet’ká Active Family Outdoor Challenge. The Alaska Raptor Center, AmeriCorps, Sitka 4-H, the Sitka National Historical Park, Center for Community, and other organizations are joining together to offer a slate of family outdoor activities during the spring.

Post challenge pix here for more drawings and find calendar and event info at https://sitkakids.com/family-outdoor-challenge-1. You also can learn more on the Sitka Kids page on Facebook.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club to offer series of youth summer camps

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club is offering a variety of short summer camps for youth in Sitka starting in June.

The Sitka 4-H club is supported through a partnership between the Sitka Conservation Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

The first step is to register for 4-H at http://4h.zsuite.org/ (all participants must be registered with 4-H to be on the organization’s insurance policy). Then go to https://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/events/sitka-spruce-tips-4-h-2022-summer-camps/ to register for camp.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club to host open house on Friday, Oct. 1

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, in Room 106 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

This event is open to youth ages 5-18, and their parents, who want to learn more about the 4-H program in Sitka. The 4-H club offers a storytelling series, running club, scavenger hunt, and wild edibles workshops, and that’s just in October.

The October calendar will be available for review at the open house, plus there will be door prizes and a kit giveaway for the first 15 youth to attend.

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H program is co-sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. For more details, contact Drew Roseman at aroseman@sitkawild.org.

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