November 2015 Programs
Sunday, November 1, 2pm
THE WITCH AND HER OWL
All Ages program
Why are owls associated with Halloween? Find out all about owls from volunteer Ginamaria Smith, who will bring her live great-horned owl to the Nature Center for a fun and educational program. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Friday, November 6, 7pm
NEW HORIZON AT PLUTO AND SPACE EXPLORATION
Terry Drake will present. The Astronomy series meets on the first Friday evening of each month through March. An astronomer presents a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and answers your questions. If 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 the astronomers. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, November 7, 2pm
All Ages Program
SKIJORING: WINTER FUN WITH YOUR DOGS
Kiersten Lippman and Bill Cole, volunteers with the Anchorage Skijor Club, will cover many topics including choosing equipment, training and feeding your dog, good places to skijor recreationally, and competition opportunities from local races to the World Skijor Championships. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, November 8, 1-4pm
Special Workshop (Materials fee $25; Registration required)
GIFTS FROM THE “WILD” KITCHEN
Homemade items from wild-gathered plants are something special to include in holiday gifts. Here’s your chance to go beyond blueberry jam and make your own natural salves, cordials/bitters, and teas. Naturalist Ute Olsson will share her recipes and guide you through making a variety of items, incorporating cottonwood buds, spruce tips, rosehips, and herbs gathered last summer. Workshop is limited to the first 10 people (ages 16 and over) who register and pay the $25 material fee at 694-2108.
Saturday, November 14, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR KIDS (Registration required)
“Gus” Gustafson knows how to stay warm when left out in the cold. Learn how to dress for winter and build a fire. Limited to 12 children registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members. Note: this program is not meant for organized groups such as scouts; please contact email@example.com to schedule a separate program.
Sunday, November 15, 2pm
Armchair Travel Series: PUBLIC-USE CABINS IN ALASKA
What’s your favorite get-away cabin in Alaska? Join us as we share pictures, stories and practical details. We’ll start with the Nature Center’s own cabins and yurts before opening the floor for you to share about your favorites. Free; $5 parking for non-members. The Armchair series continues through the winter: each month will focus on a different destination. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in making a presentation of your travel experience. If you want to share about your favorite Alaska cabin, you will need to pre-submit up to 10 photos by November 8th, and be there on the 15th to narrate your section.
Saturday, November 21, 2pm
All Ages Program
SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS
Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs is a nonprofit, volunteer emergency service unit whose primary purpose is to assist in search and rescue operations using teams of highly trained search dogs and searcher-handlers. Eeva Latosuo of ASARD will present about their work with dogs, as well as teaching children what to do if they get lost. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, November 22, 2pm
Join AAA certified avalanche instructor Blaine Smith for an introduction to avalanche awareness, covering weather, terrain, snow pack, and decision-making. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, November 28, 2-4pm
All Ages Presentation
LIVE BIRD THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is bringing several live educational birds for you to meet in an informal setting. Bring your leftover cranberries and turkey necks for the birds! Free (donations to BirdTLC suggested); $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, November 29, 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. Free; $5 parking for non-members.