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March 2014 Programs

Saturday, March 1, 2pm

Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)

LIFE UNDER THE SNOW

An insulating blanket of snow helps plants and animals survive the cold. Learn about animals that depend on snow and live in the subnivean zone. We’ll look for animal tunnels and other signs of life beneath the snow. Dress for the outdoors. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 1, 6:30-9pm

Guided Walk (Registration required)

EVENING OWL TALK AND WALK

Aaron Bowman of the Anchorage Audubon Society will present an informative slide show about Alaskan owls, followed by a 2-3 mile walk. Dress for being outdoors, making sure your clothes are not too “noisy”. Use of flashlight will be limited to preserve night vision. Limited to the first 20 people (ages 15 and up) who register at 694-2108. Not appropriate for children (but see March 8th). Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 2, 2pm

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ALASKA

Everybody has heard about Climate Change, but what is the science behind it? Dr. Peter Olsson, Alaska State Climatologist, will discuss the assumptions used in climate models. Does the historical record support a claim of a changed climate in Alaska? Can global models really predict regional changes? Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, March 7, 7pm

Astronomy Series

CURIOSITY ROVER MARS UPDATE

Tonight’s presentation is by Scott Girard. This popular indoor and outdoor program meets every first and third Friday evening of the month. An astronomer will present a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hrs) 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. Children can earn their Junior Astronomer Certificate after attending 6 programs and completing “Star Notes” –ask at the front desk. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 8, 2pm

Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)

“GROSS” ANATOMY (Registration required)

Have you ever dissected an owl pellet? Here’s your chance to re-assemble the skeleton of the rodent or whatever the owl had for dinner – it’s gross fun! Limited to 12 children (K-6th, accompanied by an adult), who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 8, 7:30pm

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 flashlight is limited to preserve night vision. Limited to the first 15 people who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 9, 2pm

All Ages Program

HOT ON THE TRAIL OF ANIMAL TRACKS

Crime scene tracking specialists Jim Wolfe and Chris Beheim (both retired from the Alaska State Crime Lab) will present techniques they use for preserving tracks outdoors, including in snow. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10am-2:30pm

ALASKA WILDERNESS SAFETY CHALLENGE

This free outdoor safety education program is offered by NAOI. Register at www.naoiak.org or call (907) 376-2898.  Parking $5/free for members.

Saturday, March 15, 1-5pm

Guided Hike (Registration required)

DEW LAKE HIKE

Join volunteers Bob Griffis and Molly Cromwell for a 6.75-mile roundtrip to scenic Dew Lake (elevation gain is around 900 ft). Hikers may be beginners, but need to be in good shape. Bring water, snacks, wind/rain/snow clothing. Snowshoes or cleats may be needed. Limited to the first 12 people (at least 18 years old) who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking fee for non-members.  Please note that Bob and Ann Fisher are not conducting the hike as was earlier published.

Saturday, March 15, 2pm

All-Ages Program

MEET A GREAT HORNED OWL

Volunteer Ginamaria Smith will present Archimedes, the Great Horned owl in her care, and share information about what makes owls unique. Cameras are encouraged! Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 16, 2pm

WORM COMPOSTING

Are you interested in turning your green kitchen waste into compost for your garden? Join Sandy Christenson of wormsandstuff.com to learn more about the basics of keeping an indoor worm box, as well as pointers on different systems. Sandy will also have red wigglers and bins for sale. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, March 21, 7pm

Astronomy Series

MESSIER MARATHON

Join Omega Smith, manager of the UAA Planatarium, for a presentation about the history of Charles Messier and the characteristics of galaxies in his catalogue. If skies are clear, we’ll try to locate the objects in the sky. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 22, 2pm

Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)

BOTTLE GARDENS (Registration required)

It’s officially Spring today and you just can’t wait until green-up! Come and plant a “bottle garden” or terrarium to get a head start. Bring a wide-mouthed jar; all other materials will be provided. We’ll also go on a walk to look for signs of Mother Nature waking up from her winter slumber. Limited to 10 children (K-6th) who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 23, 2pm

THE ALASKA WILDERNESS CLASSIC

The Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic was started in 1982 as a 150-mile footrace; later routes covered nearly 250 miles through the Alaskan wilderness. Racers must carry all food and equipment, use only human power, and leave no trace. Any rescue is up to the individual to resolve.

Veteran Wilderness Classic participants Dick Griffith, John Lapkass and Roman Dial will share stories and information about the race and the various routes and adventures encountered along the way. Griffith finished 17, Lapkass 18, and Dial won four of these grueling races. Free; $5 parking for non-members. At the end of today’s program, Mr. Griffith will also select the name of a donor to his Matching Gift Challenge to be the winner of a private eagle release, courtesy BirdTLC.

Friday, March 28, 6:30-9:30pm LECTURE

Sat, March 29, 9:30am-4pm WORKSHOP

Special Workshop (Registration required)

WINTER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lecture only ($40 fee; limited to 40 people)

Both days ($135 fee; limited to 10 people)

Looking to get more out of your digital camera? This special in-depth workshop is designed to help the beginner and intermediate photographers learn how to get the most out of their digital cameras. Join Jeff Schultz, official photographer of the Iditarod, as he shares his photography expertise. Jeff teaches simple yet powerful lessons that will take your photography to the next level. For more info, see www.schultzphoto.com. Space is limited; register at 694-2108. Additional $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, March 29, 2pm

All-Ages Program

WOODPECKERS

Woodpeckers are drumming in the spring. Learn more about these noisy birds, and join us on a 1-2 mile walk to look and listen. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, March 30, 2pm

BABES IN THE WOODS

Is it possible to take babies/toddlers and all their gear camping? Author Jennifer Aist will talk about making the most of outdoor experiences with small children in Alaska. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

 

 
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