December 2015 Programs
Friday, December 4, 7pm
NEW HORIZON AT PLUTO AND SPACE EXPLORATION
Terry Drake will present. 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.
Saturday, December 5, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
MAKING BIRD FEEDERS (Registration required)
Come make a bird feeder to take home, and learn about feeding winter birds responsibly. Please bring an empty 2L plastic soda bottle if you have one; all other materials are provided. Call 694-2108 to register. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 6, 2pm
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 3rd, 2016. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 12, 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 13, 2pm
PHOTOGRAPHING POLAR BEARS
Join photographer and Artist-in-Residence Colin Tyler Bogucki as he shares his photos from Barter Island, Alaska’s premier polar bear viewing destination. In addition, Colin will share tips for planning your own trip to see the bears. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 19, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (Registration required)
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. Limited to 10 children registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, December 19, 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. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, December 20, 2pm
Guided Hike (Registration required)
ALBERT LOOP SKI (OR WALK)
Join volunteer Stacy Flagg on the Albert Loop Trail (3 miles total). Hopefully there will be enough snow to ski – otherwise we’ll walk. Limited to the first 12 people who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
The Nature Center building will be closed from December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016. Trails are always open. Happy Holidays!
Save the Date: Sunday, Jan 3, 2016
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.
Contact coordinator Liza Sanden at email@example.com for details or to volunteer.