Sitka to host its local Christmas Bird Count event on Sunday, Jan. 1

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This year is the National Audubon Society‘s 117th annual Christmas Bird Count, and Sitka will be one of several Alaska communities to host a local event, with Sitka’s event set for Sunday, Jan. 1.

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 Friday, Dec. 30, at the Alaska Raptor Center.

After the event, there will be a slide show to review the various birds seen in Sitka. There is a post-birding party at 4 p.m. Sunday above Pet’s Choice Veterinary Hospital.

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. Last year the Alaska Audubon Society reported 1,157 Alaska counters in 37 counting areas recorded 149 different species and 123,658 total birds. Last year Kodiak’s Narrow Cape-Kalsin Bay recorded the most species in Alaska with 74, followed by Sitka with 68.

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

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Sitka 4-H program hosts Winter Wonders Camp on Dec. 19-21

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Join the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program for a Winter Wonders Camp over winter break from Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 19-21.

Activities include service at the Sitka Pioneers’ Home, hiking, plant identification, creating nature inspired art, and more. There will be a morning session from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 5-8, and an afternoon session from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for ages 9-older.

To register, email Julia Tawney at julia@sitkawild.org or call her at 747-7509. There will be a $10 supply fee with this series, and you need to be registered with the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program (for insurance purposes). Scholarships are available.

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Sitka Community Playground group to meet Dec. 6 to work on FUNdraising projects

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The new Sitka Community Playground project has been designed, now we need to raise funds to purchase equipment that inspires play and imagination in our children.

The next meeting to help organize the FUNdraising campaign will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. We will meet to work on fundraising strategies to build the first American Disabilities Act-compliant playground in Sitka. At the group’s Nov. 15 meeting, volunteers stuffed envelopes that went to local residents asking for donations. At this meeting, the group will split up a list of local businesses for personal donation asks.

turkey-trot-adIn recent weeks, the playground project group has planned or hosted several smaller fundraisers, including a day when local LuLaRoe distributors donated nearly $2,000 in sales to the project. There also were two Thanksgiving fundraisers — a pie sale Nov. 22-23 at AC Lakeside and the Sitka Community Hospital’s annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 24 — that raised more than $5,000 combined. Sitka Community Playground sweatshirts are now available for $45 and t-shirts are available for $25, stop by SAIL or look for them on sale around town.

While the group has been hosting smaller fundraising events, it also has been developing its strategy for making larger requests to corporations and applications for grants. If the project is fully funded it will take about $700,000. A list of the various playground items and their costs is posted below, and people or organizations can sponsor specific pieces of playground equipment. Click this link to hear a recent KCAW-Raven Radio morning interview with committee member Bridget Hitchcock to learn more about the project.

07-15-16-Sitka Community Playground Concept PlanLocal landscape architect Monique Anderson and artists Laura Kaltenstein hosted a Design Day for kids and parents in April, and other artists have met with students at local schools. Those ideas have been refined (see the new video at the bottom of this post), and now we’re ready to take the next step — raising money to get the playground built.

The Sitka Community Playground is a community wellness project from the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, and the goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

To learn more about the Sitka Community Playground project, contact Dave Nuetzel at 747-6859, Kay Turner at 623-7878 or Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500, or send an email to sitka.community.playground@gmail.com. You also can go to the Sitka Community Playground website, http://sitkacommunityplay.wix.com/home, or join the Facebook group. In addition, there is a link on the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) website where people can make online donations. A Sitka Community Playground component list with prices is posted below, for people/companies/organizations that want to sponsor a particular component (note, the list is in two columns).

• Sitka Community Playground information sheet (updated Aug. 20, 2016)

• Sitka Community Playground component list for people/companies wanting to sponsor a particular component (note, list is two columns)

• Sitka Community Playground coloring sheet

• Sitka Community Playground note card

• Sitka Community Playground flier

• Sitka Community Playground quarter-page handouts (two-sided PDF)

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Become an Eco-Detective at Sitka National Historical Park on Friday, Nov. 25

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A mystery has taken place at the park, and we need Sitka’s youth sleuths to help us solve the caper. Crack the case by using investigative techniques to eliminate suspects and earn your very own Eco-Detective’s button.

The final installment, in the three-part Eco-Detective Series will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center. The first two installments took place on Sept. 17 and Oct. 22.

Join park rangers and scientists from the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Sitka Conservation Society to help crack the Case of the Stolen Lunch. The series is designed for youth from kindergarten through sixth grade, and it is free and self-paced. On average it takes participants between 30-45 minutes to complete the program. Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the Eco-Detective Series, contact Ryan Carpenter at 747-0121. The Eco-Detective Series is funded by National Park Service and Alaska Geographic and encourages the next generation of National Park stewards to find their park.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the Sitka National Historical Park at http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

 

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Angie Richman hired as chief of interpretation and education at Sitka National Historical Park

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Sitka National Historical Park welcomes a new chief of interpretation and education, Angie Richman, who will start her new position the week of Dec. 12.

Richman first came to Sitka on a three-month assignment as the Acting Chief of Interpretation in 2013. She moved permanently to Sitka in the fall of 2014, and has since been working as a science communication consultant with the National Park Service (NPS) on several national and international efforts.

She started her 16-year career with the NPS as an interpretive park guide in northwestern New Mexico at Chaco Culture National Historical Park interpreting the ancient Puebloan culture.  Since that time she’s built an impressive resume of experience in interpretation, science communication, and natural resources in 10 different national park units, a regional office, and most recently for the Washington office.

During her five-year position with the Washington office, she served as the communication specialist for the Climate Change Response Program with the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Office of the NPS in Fort Collins, Colo., where she oversaw the development of a nationwide approach to climate change communication.

As a front-line interpreter, Richman has years of experience blending science, history and culture, and sensitive and controversial issues into her interpretive programs and products. Prior to this, she served for two years as a Master Interpreter for the Intermountain Regional Office and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & Curecanti National Recreation Area.

She was the lead seasonal interpreter and astronomy volunteer coordinator for Bryce Canyon National Park from 2004-2007. She also worked as a physical science technician for the Southeast Utah Group and Pinnacles National Monument. She has experience as a park guide in Pecos and Chaco Culture National Historical Parks, and as an aide to the Chaco Museum Archives.

Richman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of New Mexico with a minor in Archaeology, emphasizing Cultural Astronomy, and an Associate of Science Degree from Utah Valley State College.

Richman said of her new position, “I am very excited to be back at Sitka National Historical Park. This is a special place with a unique story to tell. It is my hope to continue to enhance the visitor experience through 21st Century communication products and through increased integration of science and cultural literacy.”

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Sitka Community Playground group to meet Nov. 15 to work on FUNdraising projects

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The new Sitka Community Playground project has been designed, now we need to raise funds to purchase equipment that inspires play and imagination in our children.

The next meeting to help organize the FUNdraising campaign will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom (on the lower level). We will meet to work on fundraising strategies to build the first American Disabilities Act-compliant playground in Sitka. At this meeting we will be preparing a mailing asking for donations, so be prepared to stuff envelopes during the meeting.

turkey-trot-adIn recent weeks, the playground project group has planned or hosted several smaller fundraisers, including a day when local LuLaRoe distributors donated nearly $2,000 in sales to the project. From
4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, there will be a pie sale at AC Lakeside, with the money raised going toward the playground. The upcoming Sitka Community Hospital’s five-kilometer Turkey Trot at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 24, will be a fundraiser for the project (and the t-shirts will have a Sitka Community Playground logo on them).

While the group has been hosting smaller fundraising events, it also has been developing its strategy for making larger requests to corporations and applications for grants. If the project is fully funded it will take about $700,000. A list of the various playground items and their costs is posted below, and people or organizations can sponsor specific pieces of playground equipment. Click this link to hear a recent KCAW-Raven Radio morning interview with committee member Bridget Hitchcock to learn more about the project.

07-15-16-Sitka Community Playground Concept PlanLocal landscape architect Monique Anderson and artists Laura Kaltenstein hosted a Design Day for kids and parents in April, and other artists have met with students at local schools. Those ideas have been refined (see the new video at the bottom of this post), and now we’re ready to take the next step — raising money to get the playground built.

The Sitka Community Playground is a community wellness project from the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, and the goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

To learn more about the Sitka Community Playground project, contact Dave Nuetzel at 747-6859, Kay Turner at 623-7878 or Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500, or send an email to sitka.community.playground@gmail.com. You also can go to the Sitka Community Playground website, http://sitkacommunityplay.wix.com/home, or join the Facebook group. In addition, there is a link on the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) website where people can make online donations. A Sitka Community Playground component list with prices is posted below, for people/companies/organizations that want to sponsor a particular component (note, the list is in two columns).

• Sitka Community Playground information sheet (updated Aug. 20, 2016)

• Sitka Community Playground component list for people/companies wanting to sponsor a particular component (note, list is two columns)

• Sitka Community Playground coloring sheet

• Sitka Community Playground note card

• Sitka Community Playground flier

• Sitka Community Playground quarter-page handouts (two-sided PDF)

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Sitka Community Playground group to meet Nov. 1 to discuss FUNdraising

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The new Sitka Community Playground project has been designed, now we need to raise funds to purchase equipment that inspires play and imagination in our children.

The next meeting to help organize the FUNdraising campaign will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church (downstairs hall, enter on the Crescent Harbor side of the building). We will meet to discuss fundraising strategies to build the first American Disabilities Act-compliant playground in Sitka. Click this link to hear a recent KCAW-Raven Radio morning interview with committee member Bridget Hitchcock to learn more about the project.

The project already has hosted some smaller fundraising activities, such as bake sales and Lularoe fundraisers, while the group plans its strategy for making larger requests to corporations and applies for grants. If the project is fully funded it will take about $700,000. A list of the various playground items and their costs is posted below, and people or organizations can sponsor specific pieces of playground equipment.

07-15-16-Sitka Community Playground Concept PlanLocal landscape architect Monique Anderson and artists Laura Kaltenstein hosted a Design Day for kids and parents in April, and other artists have met with students at local schools. Those ideas have been refined (see the new video at the bottom of this post), and now we’re ready to take the next step — raising money to get the playground built.

The Sitka Community Playground is a community wellness project from the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, and the goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

To learn more about the Sitka Community Playground project, contact Dave Nuetzel at 747-6859, Kay Turner at 623-7878 or Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500, or send an email to sitka.community.playground@gmail.com. You also can go to the Sitka Community Playground website, http://sitkacommunityplay.wix.com/home, or join the Facebook group. In addition, there is a link on the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) website where people can make online donations. A Sitka Community Playground component list with prices is posted below, for people/companies/organizations that want to sponsor a particular component (note, the list is in two columns).

• Sitka Community Playground information sheet (updated Aug. 20, 2016)

• Sitka Community Playground component list for people/companies wanting to sponsor a particular component (note, list is two columns)

• Sitka Community Playground coloring sheet

• Sitka Community Playground note card

• Sitka Community Playground flier

• Sitka Community Playground quarter-page handouts (two-sided PDF)

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