Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) to meet on Thursday, Aug. 4

A presentation about a new 4H program for Sitka kids will be the highlight of the next meeting of the Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!). The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Tracy Gagnon from the Sitka Conservation Society and Bob Gorman from the Sitka office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will discuss the new 4H program, which they hope to launch just before the start of the 2011-12 school year. Fliers about the program will be available at the meeting, or people can get them at the Sitka Conservation Society office or Kettleson Memorial Library. More information about the program also can be found by clicking here.

Other agenda items for the meeting include discussing the new education program specialist for Sitka National Historical Park (Kelly Smitherman, click here to listen to her recent KCAW interview) and what offerings she has planned, discussing a couple of new groups in Sitka that plan to offer outdoor programming (Sitka Outdoor Kids, the new Hames Athletic and Wellness Center Couch to Summit program, the Sitka Sound Science Center educational programs, etc.), a movement to try and get a new playground built in Sitka, the “Have you been outdoors today? Get Out, Sitka!” media campaign, a new Tongass Children’s Forest designation and how Sitka might use that to increase outdoor programming, our future plans for this group, and more.

The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) started as a community project from the 2010 Sitka Health Summit in October. Our mission is to encourage more Sitka residents to get outdoors for recreation, especially kids and families. Our meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us. To learn more, contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or

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