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March 2016 Programs

Friday, March 4, 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 lunch for afterwards. For safety reasons, ERNC policy is that each adult may not have more than two children under the age of 6 on an outdoor program. No registration needed. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, March 4, 7pm
Astronomy Series
JUPITER’S MOONS

Tonight’s presentation is by Scott Girard. Join our astronomers for this popular indoor and outdoor program. Every first Friday evening of the winter months, 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.

Saturday, March 5, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (Registration required)
GROSS ANATOMY

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. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 5, 7pm
FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENING OWL WALK (Registration required)

Join volunteer Liza Sanden on a 3-mile walk on the Albert Loop to listen for owls, and learn about their nesting habits. Dress for being outdoors, wearing “quiet” clothes. Please note, 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 15 people (ages 5 and up) who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 6, 2pm
HOT ON THE TRAIL

Crime scene tracking specialists Jim Wolfe and Chris Beheim (both retired from the Alaska State Crime Lab) present how they preserve tracks left in dirt and snow. From moose to vole, raven to human, every track left in the woods tells a story! Indoor program with a hands-on demonstration of cast-making. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, March 11, 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 lunch for afterwards. For safety reasons, ERNC policy is that each adult may not have more than two children under the age of 6 on an outdoor program. No registration needed. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, March 11, 7pm
OWL TALK AND WALK (Registration required for 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 March 5th. The guided walk is limited to the first 20 people registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.


Saturday, March 12, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (Registration required)
GROSS ANATOMY

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. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 13, 2pm
Armchair Travel Series GREENLAND

Join us for an arctic adventure on Greenland, the world's largest island. Presenters Michael “Gus” Gustafson, Sean Wagner and Laura Kruger explored the natural beauty and endless amount of ice that makes Greenland an amazing travel destination. Added bonus: we'll share some of our short journey through Iceland, too!

Friday, March 18, 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 lunch for afterwards. For safety reasons, ERNC policy is that each adult may not have more than two children under the age of 6 on an outdoor program. No registration needed. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 19, 9am – 5pm
Special Workshop ($95 fee; registration required)
WINTER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Learn more about your digital camera and outdoor photography in this all-day intensive workshop. After a brief classroom introduction, you will head out on the trails to sharpen your skills with ERNC’s Artist-in-Residence, Colin Tyler Bogucki, www.colintyler.com, who has been photographing for publications for nearly 20 years. Attendees must provide their own camera gear (digital SLR only, no iphones) and be prepared to hike five miles throughout the day. Cost $95; limited to 10 people registered at 694-2108.

Saturday, March 19, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
BOTTLE GARDENS (Registration required)

Spring officially begins tomorrow, but green-up is still well over a month away! Come and plant a “bottle garden” or terrarium. Bring a transparent wide-mouthed jar (glass or plastic); all other materials will be provided. We’ll also go on a walk to see if there are any signs of Mother Nature waking up from her winter slumber. Limited to 10 children registered at 694-2108.

Sunday, March 20, 2pm
ADVENTURES FROM THE ARCTIC TO MEXICO

Alaska Legend Dick Griffith and "Canyons and Ice" author Kaylene Johnson will talk about Dick’s numerous trips and show pictures of over 10,000 miles he trekked across Alaska, the Southwestern US, and Mexico. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, March 25, 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 lunch for afterwards. For safety reasons, ERNC policy is that each adult may not have more than two children under the age of 6 on an outdoor program. No registration needed. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 26, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
SPRING SCAVANGER HUNT

Let’s look for signs of spring – there may even be some Easter treats waiting! Bring a basket and dress for going outside. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

EASTER Sunday, March 27
Building CLOSED, but trails are always open.


 

 

 
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