Past Events

2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

The 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree came from Chugach National Forest. This markes the first time an Alaskan forest has been selected to provide the capitol with a tree. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce travelled over 4,000 miles from Seward, Alaska to Washington, DC where it is displayed on the west lawn of the Capitol Building. The tree, along with smaller “companion trees” are decorated with more than 4,000 ornaments made by Alaskans from communities across the state. Since the spring Alaskans have been making ornaments in classrooms, camps, and community events, many organized by youth. Check out this map to see the stories of the many ornaments that represent the great state of Alaska:

Kids Fishing Day 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fishing Day is an annual event hosted by the Glacier Ranger District.  The 2014 event was held on June 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Moose Flats in Portage Valley. The event is organized as an interagency effort between Glacier Ranger District, Anchorage Municipality Watershed Management Division, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Highlights for the day included a barbeque with hotdogs and lemonade, a fish painting station using rubber fish to make cool imprints on t-shirts, a casting competition, appearances by Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl, a natural resources game area, a bait and fishing rod table for those who didn’t bring their own, as well as a raffle for fishing rods, lures, hats, and various other fishing-related items. Of course the day would not be have been complete without the efforts of Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocking the Moose Flats pond with about 1,000 catchable rainbow trout.

Potter Marsh Discovery Day 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Discover Potter Marsh and some of Alaska’s wildlife at Anchorage’s most popular wildlife viewing area. This family-friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, kid-friendly archery range, fly and spin casting practice, and more.

When: Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Potter Marsh boardwalk, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge – 2880 East 154th Avenue, Anchorage, AK; located at Mile 117 along the Seward Highway approximately 10 miles south of downtown Anchorage (approximately 1/2 mile south of the Rabbit Creek Road exit and across from the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range).

Read more on the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=anchoragecoastal.discoveryday

The Wilderness Explorers Boat Cruise

Saturday, May 24, 2014

We spent a very special day on a boat tour to Harriman Fiord, in the Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area of the Chugach National Forest.

Chugach Children’s Forest Celebration 2013

The Chugach Children’s Forest end-of-year celebration at REI was a blast – everyone got to meet up with friends from the summer expeditions, share videos, pictures, and stories from the kayak and marine expeditions this summer in Prince William Sound. The audience included our youth participants, their families, forest service and Alaska Geographic staff, and some of the many partners that help make these programs possible. Congratulations to all the youth for such great presentations, and thanks to everyone for helping make 2013 our best ever!

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Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

You are invited to join the Great Land Trust and the Anchorage Parks Foundation for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area. The park has been transformed from a historic homestead in to a natural area that is now open to the public!

The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 11th at Noon at the park, which is located at 9531 Selkirk Drive. You will be able to view the new trails, overlooks, and infrastructure, as well as join in on guided nature walks through the new park.

Click here to read more!

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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: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Get Outdoors Anchorage, Chugach National Forest, Chugach Childrens Forest, National Park Service, Alaska Department of Fish and GameNational Park Foundation, Alaska Botanical Gardens, Alaska Geographic, Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center, and the State Department of Health and Social Services.

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

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! http://www.copperriverwild.org/

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

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 found at: http://www.americanhiking.org/

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/

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/