December 2014 Programs
Friday, December 5, 7pm
EXPLORING COMETS with Scott Girard
The Astronomy series meets on the first Friday evening of each month through March. An astronomer presents a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and answers your questions. If skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky, using your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by the astronomers. Free; $5 parking for non-members. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 6, 2pm
Children’s Craft Program (Registration required)
BIRD-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Let’s make bird-friendly garlands and seed-cookies to help our feathered friends through the winter. Limited to the first 10 children registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 7, 2-4pm
WINTER BIRDS 101
Naturalist and volunteer Liza Sanden will cover the basics of winter bird identification, hoping to entice you to join the Eagle River-Chugiak Christmas Bird Count on January 4th, 2015. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 13, 2pm
Craft Program for all ages (Registration required)
Make your own lantern for next weekend’s lantern walk. Bring an empty ½-gallon cardboard milk carton -- all other materials provided. Call 694-2108 to register. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 14, 2pm
Mr. PICKLES, THE PORCUPINE
The Alaska Zoo’s porcupine will be coming on a visit to the Nature Center. Come and learn more about this prickly fellow! Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 20, 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; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 20, 6pm
ANNUAL SOLSTICE 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; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 21, 2pm
Guided Hike (Registration required)
SOLSTICE HOT CHOCOLATE HIKE
It’s the shortest day of the year – from now on the days will be getting longer again! Join winter resident caretaker Bill Herbst on a 3-mile walk along the Albert Loop Trail. Snowshoes are optional - note that the Nature Center has rentals. Limited to the first 12 people who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 27
Children’s Craft Program
RECYCLED PAPER CRAFTS
What to do with all those boxes and holiday wrapping paper? Come have some ripping fun and make some crafts to take home. All materials provided. Limited to 8 children registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 28, 2pm
Armchair Travel Series
A TASTE OF SCANDINAVIA
The Olsson Family will share traditional Scandinavian holiday baking as well as highlights of their visit to Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. Sit back and relax by the woodstove while vicariously visiting far-away lands: each session throughout the winter will focus on a different destination. If you’re interested in making a presentation of your travel experience, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will be held Sunday, Jan 4, 2015
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.
Contact coordinator Liza Sanden at email@example.com for details or to volunteer.
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