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October 2016 Programs

Saturday, October 1, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
THE SCOOP ON POOP

Nature is full of yuckies – but there’s a reason: what comes around goes around. We’ll learn all about animal scat and other yuckies, and even make some scat cookies!

Sunday, October 2, noon-4pm
Special Workshop (Cost $45, Registration required)
USING WILD PLANTS WORKSHOP

In this hands-on workshop, naturalist Ute Olsson shares how to identify, gather and preserve local wild gathered plants. Make your own infusions and tinctures, and bring home recipes and samples of syrups, salves and more. Limited to 8 participants who register at 694-2108. Cost is $45.

Friday, October 7, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers
LITTLE EXPLORERS

Join us on Fridays for a short walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Bring a snack or lunch for afterwards.

Friday, October 7, 3:30pm
Special School-age Program (Registration required)
TEENS AND CLIMATE CHANGE Roundtable

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. 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, October 7, 7pm
Astronomy Series
GALAXIES: THE COUNTRIES OF THE UNIVERSE

Debbie Soltis starts off the series discussing galaxies. What holds them together? Why do the form and how have they changed since the Big Bang?  The Astronomy series continues 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, October 8
No program today

Nature Center closes at 2pm to prepare for our Auction and Awards Ceremony at the Alaska Native Heritage Center tonight.

Sunday, October 9, 2pm
FOREST MYSTERIES: LICHENS AND POLYPORES

What are those strange things growing on trees? Naturalist volunteer Lilly Goodman-Allwright will take you on a walk to explore lichens and polypore fungi.

Friday, October 14, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers
LITTLE EXPLORERS
See October 7 for description

Friday, October 14, 3:30pm
Meeting for SURVIVAL SKILLS

This informational meeting is for those interested in registering for the special series (see below for details). Today’s discussion will cover outdoor clothing as well as Q&A, paperwork, registration and carpooling.

OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR TEENS
Special workshop (Fee $50; Registration required)

Do you want to learn how to survive outdoors? In this hands-on program you’ll learn and practice such skills as building fires and shelters, and much more. The workshop series consists of 3 outdoor sessions: the first two are held on October 21 & 28 from 1-5pm and the third session on November 11 from 10am-5pm. (all are ASD in-service days). The first 2 are held in the immediate vicinity of the Nature Center while the last is an all-day outing to the Nature Center’s Yukla Yurt, a 4-mile round trip. Cost is $50/person. Registration is limited to 10 students (ages 13 and up). For more information, or to request paperwork and carpooling information, please email naturalist@ernc.org or call 694-2108.

Saturday, October 15, 2pm
All Ages Program
SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS

Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs is a non-profit, 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, and teach children what to do if they get lost. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, October 16, noon-4pm
All Ages Program
TREE IDENTIFICATION

How well do you know Alaskan trees? Can you tell them apart when they’ve lost all their leaves? Join our naturalist for an introduction to the botany and ecology of Alaskan trees and bushes – learn how to use a dichotomous key and take a short walk. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, October 21, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers
LITTLE EXPLORERS
See October 7 for description

Saturday, October 22, 2pm
Special Event
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S FOUR SEASONS
Photographer and Artist-in-Residence Colin Tyler Bogucki
(www.colintyler.com) will present a slideshow of the captivating images he has created over the course of two years at ERNC. From the northern lights to landscapes and close-ups of local wildlife, Colin’s photographs bring this beautiful valley to life. Join us in a reception after the presentation; Colin’s matted prints and canvas photographs will be available for purchase and discounted 20% this Saturday and Sunday. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, October 23, 2pm
All Ages Program
PARASITES: ZOMBIES AMONG US

Host manipulation is a strategy many parasites use to survive and thrive. Some parasites even infiltrate the minds of their hosts to change their behavior Could you be controlled by a parasite? Naturalist Samantha Russell can help you find out!

Friday, October 28, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers
LITTLE EXPLORERS
See October 7 for description
This is our last guided pre-school walk for 2016 – series will resume Spring 2017.

Saturday, October 29, 2pm
HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK (K-6th)
All Ages Program

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 of the stations at your own pace. Costumes are welcome, but be sure to dress warmly for being outdoors. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, October 30, 2pm
All Ages Program
THE WITCH AND HER OWL

Why are owls associated with Halloween? Find out all about owls from volunteer Ginamaria Smith, who will bring her education bird, a great-horned owl, to visit the Nature Center. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

 

 

 
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