SITKA, Alaska — As summer quickly approaches, Sitka National Historical Park offers family friendly activities over the weekend of April 23 and 24 to celebrate the upcoming season.
April 23 — JR. RANGER DAY, 1-3 pm
This year’s theme is Bear Awareness and Safety. Outdoor stations will be available for families to drop in and participate between 1-3pm. Activities include scat and track identification, a clean camp demo, bear craft activities, and hands-on bear spray demos. Jr. Rangers don’t leave empty-handed – complete an activity card for all the stations to earn a custom “Bear Aware” patch (while supplies last).
April 24 — B.A.R.K. Ranger Day, 1-3 pm
This family and “fur baby” event has four outdoor stations to learn the “BARK Ranger” Code:
B = BAG YOUR WASTE
A = ALWAYS WEAR A LEASH
R = RESPECT WILDLIFE AND OTHER PARK USERS
K = KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GO
There will be a costume contest for dogs at the end of the event. This year’s theme is “Sitka Spirit,” so if your adorable dog resembles a bear, seal, or banana slug, they’re already close to winning. Prizes are for the pooches, but kids’ activities will be provided. Partners include Sitka Animal Hospital, Ariana’s Grooming Service, and Sitka Animal Shelter.
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About Sitka National Historical Park. Alaska’s oldest federally designated park, Sitka National Historical Park preserves and interprets a culturally and historically significant landscape that tells the story of Southeast Alaska Native peoples, signature totemic art form, the 1804 Battle of Sitka, and Russian exploration and colonization.