October 2014 Programs
Saturday, October 4, 2pm
SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS
Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs (ASARD) 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. A representative of ASARD will present about their work with dogs, as well as teaching children what to do if they get lost. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, October 5, 2pm
LICHENS AND MUSHROOMS
What are those colorful things growing on trees? Join us for a general introduction to the amazing world of fungi. A short indoor presentation will be followed by a walk of approximately 1 mile. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, October 11, 12noon - 10pm
Special Workshop ($125 fee; Registration required)
FALL LANDSCAPE AND EVENING SKY PHOTOGRAPHY
Looking to get more out of your digital camera? This in-depth workshop is designed for intermediate photographers. Join Alaska Photo Treks with 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 to 10 participants. Cost is $125; register at 694-2108.
Saturday, October 11, 2pm
Guided Hike (Registration required)
Join us on a leisurely-paced, stroller-friendly hike along the Iditarod Trail, a round-trip of approximately 3 miles. Bring water and snack. Limited to the first 12 participants who register at 694-2108. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, October 12, 2pm
ALL ABOUT BATS
Join Alaska Fish and Game biologist Marian Snively and Laura Kruger to learn all about Alaska’s only flying mammals, BATS. Discover which bats can be found Alaska as well as many other facts about these misunderstood creatures of the night. Free; $5 for non-members.
Friday, October 17, 7pm
ASTRONOMY KICK-OFF PROGRAM
PHASES OF THE MOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSES with Debbie Soltis
The Astronomy Series will continue 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 the skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky. You may bring your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by the astronomers. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, October 18, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ARCTIC BUMBLEBEE
Join naturalist Katherine Schake for a look at life through the eyes of a queen bumblebee: how she builds her colony, learns foraging techniques and survives winter in Alaska! Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Sunday, October 19, 2pm
THE SANDHILL CRANE
Here’s your chance to learn about the biology and conservation status of Sandhill cranes from Merle Stewart, Director of Education at Alaska WildBird Rehab Center. She will bring a rescued education bird for you to learn about this amazing long-distance migrant. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
Saturday, October 25, 2-3:30pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK
Families with children are invited to visit a series of fun and educational Halloween-themed stations set up along the Rodak Nature Trail (3/4 mile round-trip). Start anytime between 2-2:30pm to allow enough time to visit all six stations at your own pace. Costumes are welcome, but please dress warmly for the outdoors. Free; $5 parking for non-members.
If you’d like to help with this event, contact Naturalist Ute Olsson at 694-9255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 26, 2pm
THE WITCH AND HER OWL
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. Kids are welcome to come in Halloween costumes. Free; $5 parking for non-members.