February 2015 Programs
Sunday, February 1, 2pm
Craft Program (Registration required)
MINIATURE BIRCH BASKETS
Learn how to sew small baskets or canoes -- all materials provided. Limited to 10 adults registered at 694-2108.
Friday, February 6, 7pm
TEN YEARS AT SATURN
Tonight’s presenter is Debbie Soltis. The Astronomy series meets monthly on the first Friday evening. An astronomer presents a special topic and answers your questions. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside to view the night sky. You may bring your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by the astronomers.
Saturday, February 7, 11am
Special Event ($30 fee; Registration req’d)
ICY RIVER RAMPAGE
This 10/20-mile winter bike race is a fundraiser for the Nature Center. Race will start and end at the Center, with some riding on the frozen Eagle River. Awards and bonfire after the race. More details and registration at www.ernc.org . Race is part of the Chain Reaction Cycles Abominable Snow Series. Entry fee is $30.
Please note: there is no Jr Naturalist program today.
Sunday, February 8, 2pm TRACKS AND TRAPS
Volunteer Sandy Halstaed will talk about animal tracking as well as trapping. If you’re a dog owner, you’ll want to know where you might encounter traps in Chugach State Park, and how to release a dog from a trap if it should get caught. Weather permitting, she’ll take you on a short walk to look for tracks.
Saturday, February 14, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
WE LOVE SNOW
No two snowflakes are alike! Let’s explore the fascinating science of snow and create your own unique snowflakes. If the weather cooperates, we’ll go outside with magnifiers and take a really close look at snow and hoarfrost.
Saturday, February 14, 7pm
ARMCHAIR TRAVEL SERIES
Explore New Zealand with Billy Herbst and Colin Tyler Bogucki as
share photographs and adventures from their travels spanning
islands from the lush, tropical north to the rugged southland.
bungee jumping and swimming with dolphins are just a few of the
that will be discussed, along with their experiences living
families and working on organic farms and wineries along the way.
Sit back and relax…
Sunday, February 15, 2pm
THE WORLD OF CATS
Why are cats so different from dogs? What does it mean when they purr, or when their tail is straight up? How harmful are outdoor cats to bird populations? Join naturalist Ute Olsson for a discussion of the natural history of domestic cats and its wild cousins.
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (grades K-6th)
LIFE UNDER THE SNOW
An insulating blanket of snow helps plants and animals survive the cold. Learn about animals who depend on snow and live in the subnivean zone. We will look for animal tunnels and other signs of life beneath the snow, unless it is below 0 F. Dress for going outdoors.
Please note: Building closes at 3pm today.
Saturday, February 21, 5-9pm
Special Fundraiser Event
NIGHT with the STARS
Guest Speaker Travis Rector, UAA Professor of Physics, will present The Search for Life Beyond the Earth. Catered by Two Sisters Catering, Naomi Everett & Alayna Cuddy. Hors d’oevres and drinks will be served from 5-6:30pm, followed by dinner, dessert and presentation. Cost is $100 per seat at tables for 8. Many thanks to our sponsors: Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Specialty Imports and Broken Tooth Brewing. Click here to buy tickets online.
Sunday, February 22, 2pm
How does a bird weighing as little as a pencil survive Alaska’s winter? Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker will talk about the natural history of these fascinating little birds.
Saturday-Sunday, Start: February 28, Noon at Nature Center
Guided overnight trip (Registration required)
WINTER CAMPING TRIP
Interested in winter camping but have never tried it? Join Deb Ajango, outdoor expert and safety advisor, on an overnight tent camping stay, including building a snow shelter if conditions permit. Must provide own equipment and attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Feb 23 at 6:30pm. Limited to 10 people registered at 694-2108.
Saturday, February 28, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (grades K-6th)
WHAT BIG TEETH YOU HAVE!?!
Why do beavers have those big orange front teeth? Why are canines sometimes called “eye teeth”? What does a moose’s tooth tell you about its diet? Come explore our collection of mammal skulls, and learn all about teeth.
Saturday, February 28, 7pm
Guided Walk (Registration Required)
FAMILY-EVENING OWL WALK
Join volunteer Liza Sanden on a 2-3 mile walk along the Albert Loop to listen for owls and learn about their nesting habits. Please note that this is a silent hike in the dark. Children need to be able to remain quiet so we can listen for owls calling. Use of flashlights is limited to preserve night vision. Limited to the first 20 people who register at 694-2108.