Sitka 4H club to offer four new programs this summer

The Sitka 4H club will host four new programs this summer that will allow kids to go hiking, harvest local food, garden, go fishing, learn about plants and more.

The Sitka 4H club was launched earlier this school year by the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (which oversees the Alaska 4H program).

This year the club had two groups, one for grades K-3 and one for grades 4-5. Over the course of the year, 4H club members worked on shelter building, trapping, tracking, survival kits, map and compass skills, canning deer stew, baking, fire building and more.

Here are the new summer programs:

  • Cloverbuds, Alaska Way-of-Life — Ages 5-7. (Time is TBD but it’s looking like Monday afternoons.) Cloverbuds will explore the Alaska way of life by going on hikes, harvesting wild edibles, learning about plants, and making crafts. In partnership with 4H and SCS.
  • Alaska Way-of-Life Hiking Club — Every Tuesday through the summer at 1:00 p.m. Each week participants will explore a new trail and harvest wild edibles. Hikes will increase in length and difficulty each week. Members will get outside and learn the Alaska way-of-life! Location is TBA. In partnership with 4H, SCS, and the Boys and Girls Club. **NOTE — The hiking club does not have an end time at this point, and sessions probably will get longer throughout the summer. The 4H leaders hope to mix in some food preservation in the mix too, so the club may not be exclusively hiking.
  • Gardening Club — Every Wednesday through the summer from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm (behind St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church on Lincoln Street). Participants will get their hands dirty and explore the life of plants. In partnership with SCS and 4H, with possible assistance from the Sitka Local Foods Network.
  • Fishing Clinic — Participants will learn how to cast, assemble a rod and reel, gut and fillet fish, make spinners, and practice fishing in fresh and salt water. Ages 6-7: Aug 17 and 24. Ages 8-12: July 6 and 13. Fridays at 1 p.m. Location TBA.  In partnership with 4H, SCS, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

For more information or to register, contact Tracy Gagnon at 747-7509 or tracy@sitkawild.org.

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