Sitka Sprouts program plants the seeds of science for a new generation

Plant the seeds of science in the next generation.

Sitka children ages 3-5 can gather at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Sitka Sound Science Center for this free program. We read a story each week and do a craft and activity that relates to the topic of the story.

Join us for some hands-on adventuring that is sure to get your tot thinking like a scientist. No registration is necessary, just stop on by. This program runs from September through April.

For more information, contact Kristina Tirman at 747-8878, Ext. 3 or

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Sitka National Historical Park reminds people not to use marijuana in the park

Sitka National Historical Park reminds visitors that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration still considers marijuana to be a Schedule 1 drug, even in Alaska and other states where marijuana use has been legalized.

The possession and/or use of marijuana or any other illicit substance is illegal and prohibited on federal land. Please keep in mind that public use of marijuana is still considered illegal under Alaska state law.

 For more information, contact Sitka National Historical Park Chief Ranger Sean Brennan at 747-0127.

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Sitka to host its local Christmas Bird Count event on Saturday, Dec. 30

This year is the National Audubon Society‘s 118th annual Christmas Bird Count, and Sitka will be one of several Alaska communities to host a local event, with Sitka’s event set for Saturday, Dec. 30.

During this event, local teams will hike around various sections of Sitka in an attempt to count as many different birds they can find. There will be a planning meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Alaska Raptor Center.

The Christmas Bird Count, which started nationally in 1900 with Alaska’s first event in 1941, involves thousands of bird-watchers, hikers, nature lovers and more each year. The count is for a 24-hour period and local events can take place from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 this winter to still count. In 2015-16, the Alaska Audubon Society reported 1,157 Alaska counters in 37 counting areas recorded 149 different species and 123,658 total birds. Kodiak’s Narrow Cape-Kalsin Bay recorded the most species in Alaska with 74, followed by Sitka with 68 (Alaska stats aren’t available for the 2016-17 Christmas Bird Count).

For more information, contact Jen Cedarleaf at 738-0181 or Victoria Vosburg, DVM, at 738-8661.

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Indian River workshop set for Nov. 13 at the Sitka National Historical Park visitors center

The Indian River Watershed Working Group will offer a workshop about Indian River from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at the at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center.

Workshop topics will include the quality of fish habitat in the river, how past and present land uses have affected the river, and what can be done to improve and maintain the quality of the river for fish and all community activities in the watershed. This workshop is free and open to the public.

The Indian River Watershed Working Group is facilitated by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska through a grant from the National Forest Foundation. Working group participants include Mount Edgecumbe High School students, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka Sound Science Center, City and Borough of Sitka, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baranof Island Housing Authority, Sitka Conservation Society, the Alaska Raptor Center, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Brinnen Carter at 747-0140.​

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Natural History Seminar Series hosts Winter Birding 101 presentation

Learn about birds that winter in the Sitka area during a Winter Birding 101 presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. Matt Goff and Gwen Baluss will talk about how to identify the birds that winter in Sitka, monitoring bird feeders, and an update on a local bird-banding project.

This free event is part of the Natural History Seminar Series hosted by UAS Sitka Campus, the Sitka Sound Science Center, and Sitka National Historical Park. For more information, contact Kitty LaBounty at


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The dangerous journey of the silver salmon is Eco-Discovery Day topic Oct. 27 at Sitka Sound Science Center

Join us for the dangerous journey of the silver salmon from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Participate in games and activities to learn what it takes for a silver salmon to go from egg to adult. Those who take the journey earn their very own Eco-Discovery button upon completion.

There will be multiple stations with hands-on activities appropriate for children between kindergarten and sixth grade. The expected time it takes to solve the mystery is 30-45 minutes. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.

Eco-Discovery is coordinated by a partnership between the Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Conservation Society. For more information about the event, contact Kristina at

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Sitka’s 4H program seeks volunteers to help with programs

Want to help young people learn a variety of life skills? The Alaska Way of Life 4H program hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society and University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service seeks adult volunteers to help with its programs.

Some of the programs hosted by the Sitka Spruce Tips 4H club include photography, cooking, food and nutrition, knitting, shooting sports, sewing, birding, gardening, leathermaking, and more. 4H is a program for ages 5-19.

For more information about being a volunteer, contact Claire Sanchez at 747-7509 or

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