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March 2015 Programs

Sunday, March 1, 2pm

POLAR BEARS: WHITE ON WHITE

Photographer Colin Tyler Bogucki will present today's program in place of Roy Corral who had previously been scheduled. No registration required.

Friday, March 6, 7pm

Astronomy Series: THE ARCTIC SKY

Beth Baker will discuss Inuit astronomy, star lore and legend. 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.  No registration required.

Saturday, March 7, 2pm

Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)

“GROSS” ANATOMY (Registration required)

Have you ever dissected an owl pellet? Here’s your chance to reassemble the skeleton of the rodent or whatever the owl had for dinner – it’s gross fun! Limited to 12 children registered at 694-2108.

Saturday, March 7, 6:30-9pm

EVENING OWL TALK AND WALK

(Registration required for guided walk only)

Aaron Bowman of the Anchorage Audubon Society will present an informative slide show about Alaskan owls, followed by a 2-3 mile walk. Please note: Dress in outdoor clothes that are not too “noisy”. Use of flashlight will be limited to preserve night vision. Not intended for children -- but see Feb 28th. The guided walk is limited to the first 20 people registered at 694-2108.

Sunday, March 8, 2pm

WATER: WE DEPEND ON IT

Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker shares perspectives on the importance of water: we depend on it, but how much do we really know? How does it get to your faucet and where does it go when you flush the toilet? We all live in watersheds and many of us near wetlands-- Alaska is in fact the wettest state. Come and learn about this vital resource and what you can do to keep it healthy. No registration required.

Friday, March 13, 11am

Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers

LITTLE EXPLORERS

Join us for a short (<1 mile) walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Bring a snack or sack lunch to eat with new friends after the walk. No registration is needed.  WALK-INS ENCOURAGED.

Saturday, March 14, 2pm

Jr. Naturalist Program (Registration req’d)

WHY WE CARE ABOUT WATERSHEDS

Water, water everywhere! UAF student Nicole Warner will teach kids about rivers and streams in this hands-on program about our watershed. Kids will have a chance to build a model of our beautiful valley -- be prepared to have fun and get messy. Limited to the first 12 children registered at 694-2108.

Sunday, March 15, 2pm

MONITORING ANCHORAGE CREEKS

Dr. Cherie Northon, Director of Anchorage Waterways Council (AWC), will discuss the health of creeks in the Anchorage bowl. The mission of AWC is to promote the prevention of further environmental degradation, as well as the protection, restoration, and enhancement of waterways, wetlands, and associated uplands within the Municipality of Anchorage.  No registration required.

Friday, March 20, 11am

KNEEHIGH NATURALIST (Registration req’d)

Today’s theme is OWLS. This nature-based program is designed for preschoolers aged 2-5 together with a parent. Dress for the outdoors. Limited to 10 children registered at 694-2108. Note: Kneehi meets every 1st and 3rd week on Fridays, alternating with Little Explorers.

Saturday, March 21, 2pm

All-Ages Program

LIVE GREAT HORNED OWL

Volunteer Ginamaria Smith presents Archimedes, an education owl in her care, and shares information about what makes owls unique. Cameras are encouraged!

Saturday, March 21, 7pm

Armchair Travel Series

CAMBODIA AND MALAYSIA

Laura Kruger and Sean Wagner talk about their recent adventures. Come enjoy some Teh Tarik (Malaysian pulled tea) and be whisked away to Southeast Asia. Sit back and relax by the wood stove while vicariously visiting faraway lands. If you are interested in presenting, contact naturalist@ernc.org.  No registration required.

Sunday, March 22, 2pm

Craft Program (Registration required)

TRADITIONAL EASTER EGG DECORATING

Brightly colored Easter eggs bring cheer in spring. Asta Spurgis and Laura Kruger share the ancient custom of decorating Easter eggs. Learn techniques for using melted beeswax to create unique designs. All materials provided except for hard-boiled eggs: bring 2-4 per person. Limited to 15 people (ages 13 and up) registered at 694-2108.

Friday, March 27, 11am

Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers

LITTLE EXPLORERS

See description on March 13th.

Special Workshop (Registration required)

WINTER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

LECTURE: Friday, March 27, 6:30-8:30pm

WORKSHOP: Sat, March 28, 9:30am-3pm

COST for lecture only: $40 fee (limited to 40 people)

COST for both days: $135 fee (limited to 10 people)

Looking to get more out of your digital camera? Enjoy taking pictures and want to be sure you know how to “get the shot”? This special in-depth workshop is designed to help the intermediate photographer learn how to get the most out of a digital camera. Jeff Schultz, official photographer of the Iditarod (www.schultzphoto.com), will share his photography expertise. Jeff teaches simple yet powerful lessons that will take your photography to the next level. Register and pay at 694-2108.

Saturday, March 28, 2-4pm

All-Ages Program

WOODPECKERS

Do you hear woodpeckers drumming? Learn more about these noisy birds and join us on a 1-2 mile walk to look and listen.  No registration required.

Sunday, March 29, 2pm

HOT ON THE TRAIL OF ANIMAL TRACKS

Crime scene tracking specialists Jim Wolfe and Chris Beheim (both retired from the Alaska State Crime Lab) present techniques used for preserving tracks outdoors, including in snow.  No registration required.

 

 
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