Sitka National Historical Park celebrates National Public Lands Day with free programs on Sept. 24

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SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignOn Saturday, Sept. 24, the community is invited to Sitka National Historical Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day is an annual event celebrating and protecting public lands across the United States. National Public Lands Day celebrations will include special table talks in addition to regular programing.

Schedule of Events
Ranger Table Talks at the Visitor Center

  • 9-9:45 am – Subsistence Champions: Learn about the multitude of edible, medicinal and all-around useful plants and animals in Southeast Alaska.
  • 9:45-10:30 am – Alaska’s Public Lands: Learn about the many uses and histories of public lands in the land of the midnight sun.
  • 10-10:45 am – Totem Walk: Explore the history of Sitka National Historical Park’s totemic art.
  • 1-1:30 pm – Critters of the Sky, Sea and Land: Learn about the myriad species of wildlife that make their home in Sitka National Historical Park.
  • 1:30-2 pm — Salmon Talk: Learn more about the fish who have made life in Southeast Alaska possible for thousands of years.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the Sitka National Historical Park at http://http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

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Become an Eco-Detective at Sitka National Historical Park on Sept. 17, Oct. 29 and Nov. 25

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

The first installment of the Eco-Detective Series will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the visitor center. Join park rangers and scientists from the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Sitka Conservation Society to help crack the Case of the Lost Egg. The series is designed for youth from kindergarten through sixth grade. Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult. There are two more installments on Oct. 29 and Nov. 25.

For more information about the Eco-Detective Series, contact Ryan Carpenter at 747-0121. The Eco-Detective Series is funded by National Park Service and Alaska Geographic and encourages the next generation of National Park stewards to find their park.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the Sitka National Historical Park at http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

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Sitka Community Playground group to meet Sept. 20 to discuss FUNdraising

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The new Sitka Community Playground project has been designed, now we need to raise funds to purchase equipment that inspires play and imagination in our children.

The next meeting to help organize the FUNdraising campaign will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom (downstairs). We will meet to discuss fundraising strategies to build the first American Disabilities Act-compliant playground in Sitka. Click this link to hear a recent KCAW-Raven Radio morning interview with committee member Bridget Hitchcock to learn more about the project.

07-15-16-Sitka Community Playground Concept PlanLocal landscape architect Monique Anderson and artists Laura Kaltenstein hosted a Design Day for kids and parents in April, and other artists have met with students at local schools. Those ideas have been refined (see the new video at the top of this post), and now we’re ready to take the next step — raising money to get the playground built.

The Sitka Community Playground is a community wellness project from the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, and the goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

To learn more about the Sitka Community Playground project, contact Dave Nuetzel at 747-6859, Kay Turner at 623-7878 or Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500, or send an email to sitka.community.playground@gmail.com. You also can go to the Sitka Community Playground website, http://sitkacommunityplay.wix.com/home, or join the Facebook group. In addition, there is a link on the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) website where people can make online donations.

• Sitka Community Playground information sheet (updated Aug. 20, 2016)

• Sitka Community Playground coloring sheet

• Sitka Community Playground note card

• Sitka Community Playground flier

• Sitka Community Playground quarter-page handouts (two-sided PDF)

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Sitka Spruce Tips-Alaska Way of Life 4-H club to host Wild Edibles Series this fall

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The Sitka Spruce Tips-Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club will begin a six-week Wild Edible Series  starting on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Kids will get outside and explore the bounty of wild edibles in Southeast Alaska. Activities include picking berries, identifying mushrooms, hiking through the muskeg, smoking salmon, and making jam and fruit leather. Get ready to taste the Tongass.

4-H members ages 5-8 will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays and ages 9 and older will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursdays (the location will be revealed once you have registered). The registration fee is $20 and scholarships are available. Please register by Sept. 2.

For more information, email Julia Tawney at julia@sitkawild.org or call the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509.

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Sitka Community Playground project to host FUNdraising campaign on Aug. 28

SCP web logoThe new Sitka Community Playground project has been designed, now we need to raise funds to purchase equipment that inspires play and imagination in our children.

Help us organize the FUNdraising campaign at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom (downstairs). We will meet to discuss fundraising strategies to build the first American Disabilities Act-compliant playground in Sitka.

07-15-16-Sitka Community Playground Concept PlanLocal landscape architect Monique Anderson and artists Laura Kaltenstein hosted a Design Day for kids and parents in April, and other artists have met with students at local schools. Those ideas have been refined (see the new video at the top of this post), and now we’re ready to take the next step — raising money to get the playground built.

The Sitka Community Playground is a community wellness project from the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, and the goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

To learn more about the Sitka Community Playground project, contact Dave Nuetzel at 747-6859, Kay Turner at 623-7878 or Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500, or send an email to sitka.community.playground@gmail.com. You also can go to the Sitka Community Playground website, http://sitkacommunityplay.wix.com/home, or join the Facebook group. In addition, there is a link on the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) website where people can make online donations.

• Sitka Community Playground information sheet (updated Aug. 20, 2016)

• Sitka Community Playground coloring sheet

• Sitka Community Playground note card

• Sitka Community Playground flier

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Sitka National Historical Park celebrates centennial Aug. 25 with free programs and cake

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NPS100thBirthdayOn Thursday, Aug. 25, the community is invited to Sitka National Historical Park to celebrate Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day is the annual celebration of the creation of the National Park Service.

This is a milestone year for the National Park Service, with 2016 marking its 100th birthday. Centennial celebrations will include new ranger talks, tidepool exploration, a historic photo exhibit, free tours of the Russian Bishop’s House, Russian tea, hikes on the totem trails, and cupcakes. Don’t forget you can count your hikes on the Park Prescriptions program; just get them to stamp your free punchcard at the Visitor Center.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Historic Park Photo Exhibit

Take a walk through time by viewing seldom-seen photos from the park’s past. These historic park photos document the park’s rich history as a unit of the National Park Service. The photo exhibit will be located inside the Visitor Center.

Ranger Table Talks at the Visitor Center

Subsistence Champions, 9-9:45 a.m. — Learn about the multitude of edible, medicinal and all-around useful plants and animals in Southeast Alaska.

A Century of National Park Service, 9:45-10:30 a.m. — While National Parks seem commonplace today, they were a new and radical idea when first created 100 years ago.

Tidepool Exploration, 11 a.m. to noon — Explore and learn about tidepools and their resident creatures.

Salmon, Sea Otters and Eagles, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Learn about the myriad species of wildlife that make their home in Sitka National Historical Park.

Salmon Talk, 2-3 p.m. — Learn more about the fish who have made life in Southeast Alaska possible for thousands of years.

Centennial Cupcakes at the Visitor Center

Cupcakes, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Cupcakes celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at the visitor center.

At the Russian Bishop’s House

Russian Tea, 9 a.m. to noon – Russian tea will be served on the front lawn of the Russian Bishop’s House.

Free Tours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Free ranger-guided tours of the restored residence of the Bishop on the second floor.

Learn more about the National Park Service at http://www.nps.gov/. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the Sitka National Historical Park at http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

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Sitka Sound Science Center to host guided tidepooling adventure on Aug. 6

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Do you know what lives in the tidepools around Sitka? Join the Sitka Sound Science Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 6, for a guided beach walk and tidepooling adventure.

All ages and abilities are welcome. Snacks will be provided. Please bring rain gear.

For more information, contact Kristina Tirman at 747-8878, ext. 1, or by email at ktirman@sitkascience.org.

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