Sitka National Historical Park hosts educational ranger-led walks each day

81109-008-small-500x375The Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs teaching Sitka residents and visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.

The Battle Walk returns to the battleground and former fort site of the Tlingit-Russian Battle of 1804, which was pivotal in determining the history of the Alaska region. Offered daily, this guided walk is approximately three-quarters of a mile, and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour.

The Carved History Walk tells the stories and legends of the totem poles on the Totem Loop Trail, focusing on the common totem figures, the origins of the 1903 John Brady collection, carving methods, and the native culture of Southeast Alaska. Offered daily, this guided walk is approximately one mile, and lasts about one hour.

The Discovery Walk features topics ranging from local flora to banana slugs to cultural history. Offered daily, the guided walk duration varies with the program.

ParkRangersOnTheTrailTypically, the Carved History Walk is at 9 a.m., the Battle Walk is at 10 a.m., and the Discovery Walk is at 2:15 p.m. each day, although the schedule may vary from week to week. Each week’s schedule is posted at this link.

All ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center on Lincoln Street.

For more information about the ranger-guided tours at Sitka National Historical Park, call the visitor center at 747-0110. Also, don’t forget to get a Park Prescriptions card to log your walks in the park, so you can have a chance to win quarterly prizes for each completed card.

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