Chugach Children’s Forest Blog

Welcome to a page for kids, parents, teachers, partners, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Chugach Children’s Forest. Read about our programs and expeditions, and see photos and videos from previous trips and expeditions.

Anchorage Named one of the Department of the Interior’s “50 Cities”

(Photo Credit: BLM/Kim Mincer) On Monday, August 10th at 10 am, many community partners gathered at Nunaka Valley Elementary School parking lot in Anchorage and celebrated a U.S. Department of the Interior “50 cities designation” at Russian Jack Springs Park. Mayor Berkowitz welcomed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of the Interior Kris Sarri as she made this exciting … Read More

A Very Merry Chugach Christmas in July!

Alaska is celebrating the fact that the Chugach National Forest was selected to provide the nation with the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree, marking the first time a Capitol Tree will come from the great state of Alaska.  The Chugach proved that it’s never too early to start the Christmas festivities! Crowds of people came out to celebrate Christmas in July outside of Alaska Geographic’s headquarters … Read More

Chugach Children’s Forest Hosts Leadership Development Kayak Expedition

In June the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic hosted a Leadership Development Kayak Expedition for alumni of previous Chugach Children's Forest Expeditions. Teens from urban and rural communities across Southcentral Alaska spent six days in Prince William Sound improving their kayak skills, and learning more about way-finding, trip planning, local ecology, natural history, and Leave No … Read More

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments Highlight Polynesian Culture in Alaska

It might surprise people outside of Alaska to know that Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures thrive in Anchorage and their biggest celebration of the year is Polynesian Cultural Day in June. This year the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic joined the fun! Together we hosted an ornament-making event at the Polynesian Cultural Day Celebration. Children and teens made … Read More

Families Explore the Chugach National Forest on the Wilderness Explorers Boat Cruise

Despite the abundance of wild places in Alaska, many Alaskan youth have never had the opportunity to explore Alaska’s vast expanse of public lands. The Chugach Children’s Forest – a partnership between Alaska Geographic and the Chugach National Forest - addresses this disparity by bringing underrepresented youth into their wild backyard, organizing outdoor adventures and introducing youth to … Read More

CCF Films to be Featured at the Coast & Ocean Film Fest!

AOOS Coast & Ocean Film Festival Saturday, March 28th at 3 pm Admission: $4 Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 West 27th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska Directions: View films submitted to the 2014 AOOS Short Film Contest! In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, AOOS welcomed short film entries featuring Alaska’s unique coast and ocean habitats for their first-ever Coast and … Read More

2015 Capitol Christmas Tree – Ornaments, Art, and Youth Engagement!

Betsi Oliver holding an ornament created by artist, Jim Heaton of Haines, AK The Chugach National Forest has been selected to provide the nation with the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree! In addition to gifting the nation with the Capitol Tree, Alaska will also send thousands of handmade ornaments to Washington D.C. to adorn the tree. Alaska Geographic is partnering with the Chugach National … Read More

Celebrating the Successes of 2014!

On November 9th, Alaska Geographic hosted a joyous end-of-year gathering to celebrate another year of successful youth programming! Program participants, friends, families, agency partners, and community supporters convened at King Career Center to enjoy refreshments and view photos and videos that captured the excitement of the stewardship expeditions, day camps, and outdoor adventures that the … Read More

Youth Leadership Team Rocks Wilderness Conference

From October 15-19th, five Alaskan teens attended the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico as representatives of the Chugach Children’s Forest Youth Leadership Team. The four Anchorage School District high school students and one freshman at the University of Alaska-Anchorage were among the youngest participants at the Conference, yet they made their voices heard in a … Read More

Alaskan Youth Leaders Travel to Albuquerque for National Wilderness Conference

  Five Alaskan teens will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the National Wilderness Conference from October 15 -19. The youth will share Alaskan perspectives on the meaning and future of Wilderness. The teens are active participants in the Chugach Children’s Forest, a partnership between the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic. Their participation at the conference is one of … Read More