Speaker Engagement: Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods”

Richard Louv, the award-winning author of Last Child in the Woods, will be at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on September 6th at 7:00 pm. He will talk about his recent book, the Nature Principle, Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, as well as the research from his earlier work on the connection between youth and nature. This event is free to the public and sponsored by: … Read More

National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.  Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.  Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.  http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org … Read More

National Trails Day

The beginning of June marks National Trails Day. In 2011 the Forest hosted two events. Kid’s Trail day was a day of fun activities related to honey bees and their importance and a long hike along Ptarmigan Creek Trail. The other trails event had mountain bikers removing fallen trees off a popular summer trail. Each year events celebrating the nation’s trails are held and more information can be … Read More

Portage Valley BioBlitz

In July 2011 Portage Valley and the Chugach Children’s Forest joined the ranks of BioBlitzes held around the world. The Valley rang with the sounds of naturalists, biologists, and citizen scientists scouring the landscape for local flora and fauna. More than 600 people participated and more than 350 species were observed. http://chugachbioblitz2011.wordpress.com/ … Read More

Portage Valley Hikes

On any summer day in Portage Valley, visitors can take part in a guided hike. Take a quick spin around the Moraine Nature Trail to study plant and glacial succession or gear up for a longer trek out to Byron Glacier. Once on the Glacier you’ll hunt for the elusive iceworm. Check in at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center for the schedule. Schedule … Read More

Copper River Wild Salmon Festival

Cordova loves salmon and July they dedicate 3-days to celebrating them. This festival takes place annually in July and promotes all things fishy.  Join your choice of five fun  runs-named after the 5-different salmon species, rock out at the Salmon Jam sessions, take part in a host of crafts centered around salmon, or eat some of the best salmon around-Copper River WILD! … Read More

Prince William Sound Science Center Day Camps

A week long Science Camp that allows you to explore the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound. Investigate the Chugach Children’s Forest with hikes through the rainforest, canoeing the wetlands of the Copper River Delta, and boating the Sound to witness the abundant sea life and observe glaciers from the water.  http://pwssc.org/educate/ … Read More

Girdwood & Cordova Fungus Festivals

This is your chance to learn about these ubiquitous yet often overlooked forest inhabitants. Girdwood's Fair takes place August 31-September 2nd, and Cordova's is Sept 7th-9th. Indulge your inner mushroom hunter with workshops, forays, gourmet dining, lectures, and a fun run. Girdwood Fungus Fair || Cordova Fungus Fair … Read More

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

A community sponsored event that welcomes migratory birds to Cordova in early May. The Copper River Delta provides bird watchers with an ideal opportunity to watch the millions of shorebirds that rest and feed here. In addition to bird watching, the Festival offers a myriad of activities and workshops as well.  http://cordovachamber.com/ … Read More

Kids Fishing Days

This popular event takes place in various locations throughout the forest. Learn how to tie a fishing knot, bait your hook and all matter of fishing related skills. Kids (and adults) are so passionate about fishing we hold one of our fishing days in the winter, so you can learn how to indulge in angling all year long. Check the Chugach National Forest calendar of events here. Calendar of … Read More