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December 2014 Programs

Friday, December 5, 7pm

Astronomy Series

TOPIC: to be announced

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

LANTERN MAKING

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

All-Ages Program

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.

 

Special Event:

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, 1pm –Note special time!

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 naturalist@ernc.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 liza-s@rocketmail.com for details or to volunteer.

 

 

 
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