Sitka Sprouts session on Tuesday is all about bones and skeletons

All about bones and skieletons is the theme for the next session of Sitka Sprouts on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

We’ll have a slightly different program set up, with a bunch of cool activities around bones, a story time and play area for littles after our group read, and some aquarium activities. There also will be information out about Science Center memberships, programs and activities available for families and individuals if you’re interested in learning more. This week’s special session is a half-hour longer than normal.

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 Karsh classroom in the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Registration can be found at www.sitkascience.org or by emailing Kari Paustian at kpaustian@sitkascience.org.

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Sitka Sprouts session on Tuesday is all about animal adaptations

All about animal adaptations is the theme for the next session of Sitka Sprouts on Tuesday, Jan. 31. We’ll explore the many cool and colorful ways animals show up in the world.

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 Karsh classroom in the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Registration can be found at www.sitkascience.org or by emailing Kari Paustian at kpaustian@sitkascience.org.

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Eco-Discovery event on Friday, Jan. 13: Help find Bella the Baby Sea Urchin

Help find Bella the Baby Sea Urchin during an Eco-Discovery event.

Students from kindergarten to sixth grade and their families can join in the fun from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Sitka Sound Science Center (Note: this is a teacher in-service day, so no school). Kids who are older or younger than the target age can still participate.

This month’s event involves traveling to four different stations to learn about the diet and habitat needs of sea urchins, as well as currents and tides in Sitka, to help you locate Bella and return her to her urchin barren. The Eco-Discovery 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, so please don’t show up after 11:30 a.m. and expect to complete the tasks. Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the Eco-Discovery series, contact Kari Paustian at 747-8878 or kpaustian@sitkascience.org.

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Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way Of Life 4-H Club to host two evening winter hikes in January

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way Of Life 4-H Club will host two evening winter hikes from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25, at locations TBA.

We will be exploring some beloved Sitka trails and learning more about the area’s ecology together. This series is open to youth ages 7-18.

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 information and to register, contact Anna Schumacher at 907-747-7509 or anna@sitkawild.org.

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Sitka Sound Science Center offers Fab Friday program for middle school students

Fab Friday, a science education program for middle-schoolers, will start on Jan. 20. What is Fab Friday? It’s a club hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center since 2016.

This spring, Fab Friday is all about Bots, Bytes, and Bikes. Blatchley Middle School students will get to experience three very different hands-on modules this spring: robotics, photography, and bike maintenance.

Where? Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC)

When? Friday afternoons, starting Jan. 20, excluding the weeks of Feb. 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, and April 21.

What Time?

  • Meet after school on Fridays at 2:15 p.m. in the Blatchley Commons
  • Travel from BMS to the adventuring location or SSSC in the van
  • Parent pick-up at the Science Center at 4 p.m.

How do I register? This club is free and snacks will be provided. Email Sarah Tobey at stobey@sitkascience.org to reserve your spot.

Attendance each week is expected, please email or call before Fab Friday if your student’s availability changes.

*If school is canceled, Fab Friday also will be canceled.

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Sitka Sprouts returns after two week hiatus to discuss fossils and dinosaurs

All about fossils is the theme for the next session of Sitka Sprouts on Tuesday, Jan. 10. We’re excited to dig for fossils, hammer some rocks, and draw some dinosaurs with you all.

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 Karsh classroom in the Sitka Sound Science Center. Due to the holidays, there is no Sitka Sprouts scheduled for Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

Registration can be found at www.sitkascience.org or by emailing Kari Paustian at kpaustian@sitkascience.org.

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Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club to host shooting sports: rifle series

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way Of Life 4-H Club will host a seven-week youth shooting sports: rifle series on Saturdays from Jan. 21 through March 4 at the Sitka Sportsmen’s Association (5211 Halibut Point Road).

This program has two age groups, with ages 12-18 meeting from 12:30-3 p.m. and ages 9-11 meeting from 3-5:30 p.m. There is an option to participate in a postal match at the end of the series to qualify for state and national competition.

The cost of this series is $50 per person, with scholarships available upon request. The deadline to register is Thursday, Jan. 19. The fee covers instruction, use of the shooting range and rifle equipment, and snacks. Participants must have an annual membership in 4-H (which includes insurance) to participate.

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 information, contact Anna Schumacher at 907-747-7509 or anna@sitkawild.org.

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Sitka Sprouts to discuss volcanoes on Tuesday, Dec. 20

All about volcanoes is the theme for the next session of Sitka Sprouts on Tuesday, Dec. 20. This is part of a series on geology, which will continue on Jan. 10 (after a holiday hiatus) with fossils and sedimentary rocks. For Tuesday, kids will learn about different types of volcanoes and the various rocks they create, and they’ll build their own volcano.

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. Due to the holidays, there is no Sitka Sprouts scheduled for Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

Registration can be found at www.sitkascience.org or by emailing Kari Paustian at kpaustian@sitkascience.org.

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Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club to host sessions on making dog treats and holiday candles and cards

12/2022  Homemade Holidays poster

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way Of Life 4-H Club will host a two-part Homemade Holidays! series for youth ages 7-older.

In the first session, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, participants will learn how to make dog treats from fish scraps. Earlier this winter, the participants learned how to filet salmon as part of the Spectacular Salmon series, and they will use those skills in this session.

The next session is from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, where participants will make candles and cards in preparation for the holiday season. The youth will use repurposed materials to share with loved ones and the community.

These sessions are open to youth ages 5-18. Please reach out to Anna Schumacher at anna@sitkawild.org for registration and more details.

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club is a project of the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service.

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Sitka Sprockets Bike Club for youth recruiting new members

The Salty Spoke is recruiting youth to join its monthly Sprockets bike club for youth aged 7-12.

Do you know any youth who might be interested in turning some wrenches, learning about bike maintenance, and practicing bicycling skills? The Sitka Sprockets Bike Club meets monthly at the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative for a bike maintenance and use-related workshop hosted by the Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club. Contact Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org to learn more.

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club is a project of the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Youth bike education is supported by a grant from Outride.

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