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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Sitka National Historical Park to host ‘Birding for Beginners’ as part of Saturday’s celebration of National Public Lands Day

 Join us from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Sept 25, at the Sitka National Historical Park for “Birding for Beginners” activities in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

Family friendly activities will help explore the special connections between people and birds and learn basic bird identification techniques. Both ranger-led and self-guided activities will be available for people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy.

  • Outdoor stations will be set up at Totem Park for people to drop in and participate in birding activities at their own pace. Bird BINGO cards, word searches and coloring pages are also available.
  • At 9:30 a.m. join a park ranger for a short walk while identifying birds on the shore and in the forest. This activity is timed with low tide for maximum viewing opportunities.
  • At 10 a.m., and again at 11 a.m., join the rangers for a fun Food Web activity that highlights our relationship with our feathered friends. This is an active hands-on activity, great for kids.

Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), your favorite field guide and a song in your heart. Participants will walk away with budding new skills and their own bird checklist to begin their lifelong birding adventure.

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Sitka Sound Science Center relaunches Sitka Sprouts preschool science program

The Sitka Sprouts preschool program is back after a hiatus due to Covid-19.

Sitka Sprouts is a free, weekly science education program designed for 3–5 year olds and parents that takes place at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, we will be limiting capacity to 12 participants. Registration can be found at www.sitkascience.org or by emailing Kristina Tirman at ktirman@sitkascience.org.

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Girls On The Run program registration open for 13th season

The Pathways Coalition is very excited to begin its 13th season of Girls on the Run in October.

This after-school program for girls in third through fifth grades inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates physical activity. To ensure the safety of girls and coaches, our curriculum has been modified to include physical distancing precautions and the ability to seamlessly transition between in-person and virtual programming as needed.

If you know a girl who might be interested in joining a team and exploring valuable lessons such as standing up for themselves and others and practicing empathy, inclusion, and acceptance, registration forms can be found at tinyurl.com/GOTR21 or the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School front office. Scholarships are available. Registration is due Sept. 26.

If you want to get involved in the community and help build self-esteem and healthy social and emotional skills in third- through fifth-grade girls, then you should consider applying to coach. Coaches will have the opportunity to attend practices one or two days a week from October to December, as well as participate in a 5K community fun run on Dec. 11. No running experience necessary. New coaches can apply at tinyurl.com/newcoach2021, and returning coaches can apply at tinyurl.com/GOTRcoach2021 by September 19th.

Our recruitment fliers are attached. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in coaching or registering their girl, and feel free to reach out to Emma Thompson at GOTR@safv.org or 747-3489 with any questions. Pathways will offer Boys Run I toowú klatseen this spring.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club holds contest to collect invasive European black slugs

By Jasmine Shaw / UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Sitka District Office

In June, in honor of Alaska Invasive Species Awareness Week, Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club had a contest to see which three-person team could collect the most invasive European black slugs.

The slugs are a relatively recent arrival in Alaska, but have spread quickly in Sitka’s cool, wet environment. Their impact in Alaska is still being studied, but they’re a garden and agricultural pest elsewhere. Since 2011, Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club has been supported by a partnership between the Sitka Conservation Society, a local environmental nonprofit, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service to engage youth ages 5-18 in place-based, experiential learning unique to the Tongass National Forest. This year, the two organizations collaborated to spearhead an invasive European slug collection and awareness campaign in the community.

First, the youth met via Zoom with an entomologist in Scotland, where the slugs are native. Then they set out to see which team could collect the most slugs. More than 600 invasive slugs were collected and disposed of over two days. Slug samples also were collected and sent to the Integrated Pest Management Program team in Anchorage for genetic analysis and a larger regionwide investigation into the species. They have a goal of collecting 1,000 slugs this summer and hope to get the whole community involved.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club hosts open house on Oct. 1, and a variety of events in October

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is hosting an open house on Oct. 1 and various events for Sitka youth during the month of October.

The 4-H registration and open house event is from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Southeast Alaska Career Center (205 Baranof St.). There is an annual 4-H club registration fee of $26 (which is good for other events, too), and scholarships are available.

Two of the event highlights involve local food and are part of the Wild Edibles Series — Wild Edible Creations for ages 5-8, and Salmon Celebration for ages 10 and older.

The Wild Edible Creations program or art and cooking with wild edibles costs $10 (supply fee) and runs from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28, and from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. This program involves a variety of locations and includes online and in-person sessions. Scholarships are available.

The Salmon Celebration program teaches kids how to filet and cook local salmon and make salmon art. It has a $15 supply fee, and takes place from 3:30-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12; 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13; and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17. Locations vary, and with be virtual and in-person.

Other events include Biking To Safety, Birding Club, Voting and Advocacy Workshop, Open HeART Club, and Mars Rover STEM Solar Challenge. Details on those events are available at the open house.

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 Kate Grumbles at kgrumbles@sitkawild.org or 1-651-964-9798.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club hosts online summer camps for kids in July

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is hosting online summer camps for Sitka youth who are hunkered down in July because of the coronavirus outbreak.

These camps will take place on Zoom online meetings, and are open to youth from Sitka and Juneau. There is a $10 fee for the first two summer camps and $15 for the third camp. There also is an annual 4-H club registration fee of $25 (which is good for other events, too), and scholarships are available.

The program opens with Tidal Treasures from 9-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday through Friday, July 8-10, for all ages. This camp is being co-coordinated by the Sitka Sound Science Center, and is about intertidal zone exploration and discovery.

The next online camp is Ukulele (Re)-Jams, from 10-11 a.m. on Monday through Friday, July 13-17, for ages 9-18. This is a follow-up camp to the popular Ukulele Jams camp in June, but new students are welcome. There are a limited number of instruments available for those students who need to borrow one. This camp features online lessons about the ukulele, and the last day may feature an outdoor, socially distanced jam session.

The final online summer camp of July is Summer Harvest, which runs from 1-3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, July 20-23, for ages 9-18. This camp is about local food, from salmon to seaweed, and discusses when the best times are for harvest. This camp features an outdoor exploration time as well as some cooking time in a home kitchen.

To register and pay, go to https://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/ and click on View Details for the class you want. For more information, contact Jasmine Shaw at jdshaw2@alaska.edu or Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org. The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is co-sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service‘s Alaska 4-H program.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club hosts online summer camps for kids in June

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is hosting online summer camps for Sitka youth who are hunkered down in June because of the coronavirus outbreak.

These camps will take place on Zoom online meetings, and are open to youth from Sitka and Juneau. There is a $10 fee for each summer camp, plus an annual 4-H club registration fee of $25 (which is good for other events, too), and scholarships are available.

The program opens with Ocean Explorers from 9-10:30 a.m. on Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10, for ages 5-8. This camp is being co-coordinated by the Sitka Sound Science Center, and is about intertidal zone exploration and discovery.

The next online summer camp is Picking And Pies, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday through Wednesday, June 15-17, for all ages. This camp is about salmonberries, and will teach youth about their history and uses, how to find and pick them, then how to make them into a pie.

The third camp is Ukulele Jams, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, June 22-26, for ages 8-18 (2-4 p.m. on Friday, June 26). There are a limited number of instruments available for those students who need to borrow one. This camp features online lessons about the ukulele, and the last day may feature an outdoor, socially distanced jam session.

To register and pay, go to https://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/ and click on View Details for the class you want. For more information, contact Jasmine Shaw at jdshaw2@alaska.edu or Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org. The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is co-sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service‘s Alaska 4-H program.

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Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club hosts online events for kids in May

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is hosting online events for Sitka youth who are hunkered down in May because of the coronavirus outbreak.

These classes will take place on Zoom online meetings, and are open to youth from Sitka and Juneau. There is an n 4-H club registration fee of $25 (which is good for other events, too), and scholarships are available.

To register, click this link, https://bit.ly/sitkamayevents, and fill out the online form. For more information, contact Jasmine Shaw at jdshaw2@alaska.edu or Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org. The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club is co-sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service‘s Alaska 4-H program.

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Banff Film Festival tickets on sale now at Hames Athletic Center and Old Harbor Books

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival will make a stop in Sitka as part of its annual world tour, and tickets are available now at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center and at Old Harbor Books.

The Sitka screening takes place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. There will be a variety of door prizes given away after the screening. This year’s films will raise money to benefit the Hames Wellness Fund, which support scholarships, senior walking hours, family fund days, BMS DYP Week, and many community partnerships. Tickets are selling out, so buy yours now.

Each year, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival celebrates life in the outdoors with a nine-day festival (Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 2020) at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada, featuring a series of short films, books and other media. Films may feature kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, wingsuit flying, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, surfing, fishing, and a variety of other outdoor activities.

With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. From approximately 400 films entered into the annual festival, a variety award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

During the world tour, a selection of the films is shown in each community, with a different set of films shown in each participating community. The world tour allows local communities to use the films as fundraisers, and the tour has made several stops in Sitka in the past.

Follow Sitka BANFF Film Festival 2020 to stay up-to-date with sneak peaks.

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