Sitka National Historical Park hosts its second annual National Trails Day event Saturday, June 1

NTD flyer 2013 v2Come celebrate the outdoors and get healthy. Sitka National Historical Park will host a day-long event in honor of the American Hiking Society’s 21st annual National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 1. The event will be held at the park’s Visitor Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is a day dedicated to park trails, health and the community of Sitka.

Free presentations and activities will occur on the hour. We will have booths from our local partners set up in the lobby. Local dog walkers are encouraged to come out and take a photo with a ranger or get a healthy treat for your four-legged friends. And kids can join in the fun as well. Come on out, there is something for everyone.

Schedule of Events

  • 8 a.m. — Feathers and Fitness — Bird watching can be great exercise, join a park ranger for a walk in the park to discover the diverse species of birds that call the park home.
  • 9 a.m. — Park Watch Volunteer Program — Stewardship for health. Learn from park rangers how you can provide local stewardship and increase public safety while walking the park trails.
  • 10 a.m. — Trail Bootcamp — Ever want to use the trails for cardio and resistance exercises? Here is your chance. Join Carrie Johnson from Hames Center for a quick 45-minute Bootcamp on the trail. All resistance exercises will use your own body weight. This interval-based workout is tailored for all fitness levels. Hop on the trail and let’s get fit.
  • 11 a.m. – PT in the Park — With Alicia Olsen-Haseltine, DPT, from Sitka Physical Therapy, participate in dynamic stretching and functional exercises with tips on injury prevention.
  • Noon — Prize Drawing — Park Prescriptions participants’ $100 quarterly prize drawing sponsored by Sitka Community Hospital Foundation.

    Noon — Park Prescriptions Presentation — Check for $250 presented to Alaska Geographic to support the Park Prescriptions Program from the Sitka Health Summit.

  • 1 p.m. — Healthy Raw Energy Desserts — Demonstration and sampling of fabulous desserts by Koali Pontual-Thorne from Botanika Organic Spa.
  • 2 p.m.- Yoga in the Park — Yoga for the trail hiker. Add more balance to your routine with Andrea Thomas from Yoga Union.
  • 3 p.m. — Animal Olympics for Kids — Kids come out and join a ranger for games that test your fitness against the animals in the park like bears, sea otters and ravens.
  • 4 p.m. — Sitka Conservation Society — Learn about two programs, the Fish to Schools program and Alaska Way of Life 4H, that promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles by getting kids to experience
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