Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka National Historical Park host Eco-Detectives events on Sept. 28 and Oct. 26

A mystery has taken place at Sitka Sound Science Center, 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.

Students can help solve these cases by joining the fund from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, and again on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Sitka Sound Science Center (Note: these are teacher in-service days, so no school). Explore wildlife behaviors, plant adaptations, and local seasonal changes to solve the case. The Eco-Detectives series is hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center and the  Sitka National Historical Park. 

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 Callie Simmons at 747-8878 or csimmons@sitkascience.org.

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Alaska Way of Life 4-H program to host youth archery series in September, October, and November

The Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club is hosting a five-session youth archery series in September, October, and November at the Sitka Sportsman’s Association (5211 Halibut Point Road).

This program is for ages 9-18, and will take place from 9-11 a.m. on five Saturdays — Sept. 8, Sept. 29 (note, this time from 1-3 p.m.), Oct. 13, Oct. 27, and Nov. 11. Participants will learn, practice, and gain confidence in their archery skills.

This program costs $20 for current 4-H members. A 4-H club membership costs $25 for the year, which covers insurance and other expenses. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Claire Sanchez of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or claire@sitkawild.org.

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Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club to host six-week Wild Edibles Series for youth

Want to learn more about the food growing around you? The Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club will host a six-week Wild Edibles Series for youth from Sept. 11 through Oct. 24 at a variety of locations around Sitka.

Participants will interact with wild edibles in a variety of ways, including identification, harvest, local importance, and preparation. Ages 5-8 will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, while ages 9-older will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Spots are limited, and the cost of the series is $10 per person. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 6. All participants must be registered with 4-H, which is $25 for the full year. Scholarships are available.

To learn more, contact Claire Sanchez with Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or claire@sitkawild.org.

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Sitka Conservation Society, 4-H host summer bounty snack share at Sitka Public Library

The Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club (aka, Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club) and Sitka Conservation Society will host a summer harvest camp from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Sitka Public Library.

The 4-H club members will be making kid-friendly snacks from ingredients collected from public lands or grown in Sitka soil. Participants will create a recipe booklet.

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

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Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) to host annual community picnic at Sitka Community Playground

The Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) office in Sitka will host its annual community picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the new Sitka Community Playground. The playground is located above Crescent Harbor, between the tennis courts and Sitka Sound Science Center.

The new Sitka Community Playground, which opens on July 4, is Sitka’s first American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant playground, making it accessible to al. SAIL will provide grilled burgers, hot dogs, drinks and more. Please bring a side dish to share.

For more information, contact the SAIL office at 747-6859.

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Sitka Community Playground to officially open at 10 a.m. on July 4

All are invited to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Sitka Community Playground at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The new ADA-compliant playground is located at Crescent Harbor, next to the tennis courts and the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Before the ribbon gets cut and the children — of all ages — rush unto the 12,000-square-foot play space, we will take a few minutes to appreciate the many individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and organizations that have worked for years to make this modern playground a reality. The Sitka Community Playground was a Sitka Health Summit community wellness project (in 2011 and again in 2015), and more than $800,000 was raised to make it a reality.

For more information, contact Bridget Hitchcock or Kay Turner at 747-1771

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New Sitka Community Playground starts to take shape

Construction is progressing on the new Sitka Community Playground project, which is being built on the site of the old Crescent Harbor Playground near the Sitka Sound Science Center.

As of Monday, June 18, most of the playground equipment had been installed by volunteers and a crew from CME Playground Install and Services.

There are still a few items that need installation, plus there is a project to install rubberized tiles around the playground that could take a week or two depending on the weather (if it’s raining heavily, the tile can’t be installed). Project organizers will need 4-6 volunteers per day to help with the tile project, and volunteers can register using the project’s SignUpGenius website. The site is still a construction zone, so project organizers ask parents and kids not to use the new playground until everything is finished.

Parking for volunteers is at the Crescent Harbor parking lot, the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center parking lot, and former Stratten Library, to avoid impacting events at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

The Sitka Community Playground was a community wellness project from the Sitka Health Summit. The goal was to build the first American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant playground in Sitka.

The grand opening of the new Sitka Community Playground is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. For more details about the project, check out the Sitka Community Playground group on Facebook, or contact Bridget Hitchcock or Kay Turner at Oceanside Therapy Center at 747-1771.

A slideshow of photos from the new playground is posted below.

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