February 2016 Programs
Friday, February 5, 7pm
Stonehenge, Buffalo Jumps and Polynesian Voyages
Tonight’s presentation is by Ivan Hodes. Join our astronomers for this popular indoor and outdoor program. Every first and third Friday evening of the month, an astronomer will present a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and answer your questions. If the 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 our astronomers. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
POSTPONED TO FEB. 21, 1016, 11AM due to terrible conditions
Saturday, February 6, 11am
Special Event ($30 fee; Registration required)
5th Annual ICY RIVER RAMPAGE
This 20/10-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. There will be an award ceremony, bonfire and barbeque after the race. Entry fee is $30 if pre-registered, and $35 on the day of the race. This is part of the Chain Reaction Cycles Abominable Snow Series; details and registration at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/111305/SMUCalendar
Please note: there is no Jr. Naturalist program today.
Sunday, February 7, 2pm
Craft Program (Registration required)
MINIATURE BIRCHBARK BASKETS
Learn how to sew small baskets and canoes from birchbark – all materials provided. Limited to 10 people (ages 15 and older) registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, February 13, 2pm
Special Author Visit
ASTRONOMY BOOK SIGNING
Have you ever looked at an astronomy picture and wondered, “Is this what it really looks like?” or “Are the colors real?” Dr. Travis Rector, professor of Physics and Astronomy at UAA, has just published Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at the Making Spectacular Images of Space, which answers these questions and more! See spectacular images from space and hear how giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. There will be a book signing after the program. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, February 14, 2pm
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF COLD INJURIES
Frostbite and hypothermia are serious injuries – learn the wilderness first aid skills you need to prevent, detect, and treat them. Deb Ajango, with Wilderness Medical Associates, will present valuable information that can potentially save life and limb. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, February 20
Please note: The building will close at 3pm for a fundraiser tonight.
Saturday, February 20, 5-9pm
Special Event (Tickets $100)
NIGHT WITH THE STARS: PLUTO
Tonight’s guest speaker is Omega Smith, UAA Planetarium Manager, and catering provided by Two Sisters Catering, Alayna Cuddy and Naomi Everett. Harpist Beth Baker. Tickets are $100/person; tables of 8 available. Reservations on home page or 694-2108.
Sunday, February 21, 11am
ICY RIVER RAMPAGE (see above Feb. 6th)
Sunday, February 21, 2pm
Armchair Travel Series
ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Straddling the equator, the country of Ecuador has an exceptional geographical diversity. Glen Keller will share experiences visiting the Galapagos Islands, the capital city Quito, an Ecuadorian highland cloud forest, and canoeing on the Cuyabeno River, one of the headwaters of the Amazon River. Sit back and relax by the wood stove while vicariously visiting faraway lands. If you are interested in presenting about your trip, contact email@example.com. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, February 27, 2pm
All Ages Program
WHOOOOO’S THERE? OWLS OF ALASKA
How many types of owls call Alaska home and where can you find them? Join volunteer Ginamaria Smith and her live great horned owl to discover some of the fascinating habits of Alaskan owls. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, February 27, 6:30pm-9pm
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S FOUR SEASONS
Join us in a reception for photographer and Artist-in-Residence Colin Tyler Bogucki (www.colintyler.com). Colin’s matted prints and canvas photographs will be available for purchase and discounted 20% during the event. Starting at 7:30pm, Colin will present a slideshow of the captivating images he has created over the course of a year at the Nature Center. From northern lights to landscapes and close-ups of local wildlife, his photographs bring this beautiful valley to life. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, Feb 28, 2pm
FAMILY SNOWSHOE OUTING
Guided Hike (Registration required)
Join us for a 3-mile outing on snowshoes (if there’s enough snow, otherwise we’ll walk). You can bring your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair from the Nature Center -- let us know when you register at 694- 2108. Limited to 12 children and adults. Free; $5 parking for non-members.