December 2013 Programs
Sunday, December 1, 2pm
Craft Program (Registration required)
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS FROM NATURE
Learn how to make a variety of ornaments, including straw Christmas stars and miniature birch canoes -- all materials are provided. There is no fee, but participants are asked to donate some of their handmade ornaments to decorate the Nature Center’s tree. Limited to 12 persons (ages 12 and up) who register at 694-2108. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Friday, December 6, 7pm
CHRIS BECK presents "Views from a Spinning Planet - An everyday astronomy guide to our place on space"
Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 7, 2pm
Children’s Craft Program (Registration required)
BIRD-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Help decorate our Christmas tree by making bird-friendly garlands and seed-cookies. Call 694-2108 to register. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 8, 2pm
FANTASTIC FEATHERS Feathers not only allow birds to fly, they also provide warmth and a means of attracting mates, or alternatively camouflage them from potential predators. Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker will discuss theories on how feathers evolved and share amazing new photographs. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 14, 2pm
Craft Program for all ages (Registration required)
Make your own lantern for next weekend’s lantern walk. Bring an empty 1/2 gallon milk carton -- all other materials provided. Call 694-2108 to register. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 14, 4pm-7:30pm
Guided Hike (Registration required)
S’MORE MOONLIGHT HIKE
Join volunteers Bob and Ann Fisher for a 5.25-mile roundtrip hike on South Fork Rim Trail, starting from the Prospect Heights trailhead in Anchorage ($5 parking; AK State Park daypass honored). The hike involves a 850ft elevation gain; hikers should be in good shape. Bring daypack with snacks, water, wind and snow gear. Ice cleats or snowshoes may be needed. Limited to the first 12 people, ages 18 and up, who register at 694-2108.
Sunday, December 15, 2-4pm
Special Author presentation
Hear author Marybeth Holleman speak about wolves and her new book Among Wolves: Gordon Haber’s Insights into Alaska’s most misunderstood Animal. Gordon Haber spent 43 years observing, researching and advocating for wolves of Alaska. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 21, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
ICE LANTERNS FOR SOLSTICE
Learn how to make your own ice lanterns to light up the holidays. Today we will be putting out dozens of lanterns to prepare for this evening’s special event. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers.
Saturday, December 21, 6pm
ANNUAL LANTERN WALK
The Nature Center invites you to join us for our traditional candle-lit procession to celebrate the winter solstice. Bring your own lantern or borrow one of ours. Dress for being outdoors -- meet on the back deck for lighting candles, surrounded by the magical light of ice lanterns! The lantern procession takes you on a short walk along a candle-lit trail to a bonfire and heated yurt. Please bring finger foods or desserts to share. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 22, 1pm
Guided Hike (Registration required )
DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER HIKE
You’ve made it past the shortest day of the year, and now the days are getting longer again! Join winter resident volunteer Bob Griffis on a 3-mile hike along the Albert Loop Trail. Limited to the first 12 adults who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 28
No formal program, but the Nature Center is open.
Sunday, December 29, 9:30am- 5pm
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Join us to gather data for Audubon’s Annual Winter Bird Count for Eagle River/Chugiak. You can cover a pre-determined area or even do it at your own bird feeder. Meet at Jitters in downtown Eagle River at 9am for assignments. We will meet back at Jitters at 4pm for a potluck as the group tallies and reviews the total counts. Bring a dish to share. Contact coordinator Liza Sanden at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to volunteer.
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