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November 2016 Programs

Friday, November 4, 3:30pm
TEENS AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Registration required)

Do you crave ways to better understand and communicate about climate change and sustainability? Do you like pizza? Join us so you can build the tools to contribute to climate science discussion and connect with like-minded youth. Free; $5 parking for non-members. Register at 694-2108 to make sure there’s enough pizza! Contact naturalist@ernc.org if you can’t make it to the nature center, but are interested in hosting this at another location.

Friday, November 4, 7pm
Astronomy Series
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

In an event called the “Big Bang”, the Universe began 13.8 billion years ago. What is the Big Bang? What happened in the Universe after that? And what will happen to it in the future? Dr. Travis Rector, professor of physics and astronomy at UAA, will answer these questions and more!
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 (bring binoculars or telescope to share). Students ages 10 and up can earn their Jr. Astronomer certificate and astronomy supplies when they attend a minimum of 4 of the 6 programs this season and write brief synopses of what they learned. All Jr. Astronomers will receive recognition on March 3rd. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, November 5, 2pm
All Ages Program
BATS OF ALASKA

Discover which bats are found in Alaska and other facts about these often misunderstood creatures of the night. Alaska Fish and Game biologist Marian Snively will also discuss current research and white-nose syndrome. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, November 6, 9am-1pm
Special workshop ($25, see registration below)
AVALANCHE INTRODUCTION AND REFRESHER

The Anchorage area is surrounded by the big mountains of Chugach, which are a world-class recreational resource but can be extremely dangerous from October through May due to avalanches. Whether you’re new to snowy mountains, or just want a refresher, join Mathew Brunton of the Anchorage Avalanche Center for this workshop. Develop the skills and knowledge you need to keep yourself safe and comfortable in this environment to ski, ride, hike, bike, or snowshoe. The 4-hour workshop will cover avalanche basics including recognition, management, and rescue. It will also address more general issues like proper gear and attire for winter backcountry adventures. The nominal fee for this workshop directly supports the grassroots Anchorage Avalanche Center, and its public safety information and education programs for Chugach State Park. Register at www.AnchorageAvalancheCenter.org. Cost is $25 including parking.

Sunday, November 6, 2pm
Guided Hike (Registration required)
DOGS AND FRIENDS HIKE

Bring your (well-socialized) leashed dog on a 3-mile walk and meet fellow canine adventure enthusiasts, as well as learn about dog etiquette and dog-friendly destinations. Limited to 6 dogs & 12 humans who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, November 12, 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 naturalist@ernc.org to schedule a separate program.

Sunday, November 13, 2pm
SKIJORING: WINTER FUN WITH YOUR DOG

A volunteer from the Anchorage Skijor Club will discuss choosing equipment to training and feeding your dog, as well as the best places to skijor recreationally, and competition opportunities from local races to the World Skijor Championships. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, November 19, 2pm
All Ages Program/ Special Author Visit
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!

Animals leave telltale signs, and we can learn how to read them. Children’s book author Jen Funk Weber will share how she came to be an Alaska wildlife watcher and write Been There, Done That, a book about reading animal signs. There will be copies of her book for sale & autographing. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, November 19, 7pm
Armchair Travel Series: SOUTHERN AFRICA

Have you ever wanted to go on safari? Here’s your chance to hear from Africa travelers Jen Funk Weber and Tammy Vig, who between them spent 5 months in Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Join us for a fun evening: feel free to bring some finger foods or desserts to share; we’ll provide hot cocoa and rooibos tea. Sit back and relax by the wood stove while vicariously visiting far-away lands: each Armchair Travel program focuses on a different travel destination. Interested in making a presentation? Email naturalist@ernc.org.

Sunday, November 20, 2pm
AVALANCHE AWARENESS

Join AAA certified avalanche instructor Blaine Smith for an overview of avalanche awareness, covering weather, terrain, snow pack and decision-making. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, November 26, 2-4pm
All-Ages Presentation
LIVE BIRD THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is showcasing several owl species, a red-tailed hawk, crow, waxwing and crossbill. Come by anytime between 2-4pm for a meet and greet. Bring your leftover cranberries and turkey necks for the birds! Free (donations to BirdTLC suggested); $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, November 27, 2pm
WINTER BIRDS 101

Naturalist and volunteer Liza Sanden will cover the basics of winter bird identification. We hope this might entice you to join the Eagle River-Chugiak Christmas Bird Count on January 1, 2017. Contact coordinator Liza Sanden at liza-s@rocketmail.com for more information.

 

 
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