U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Frontiers Spring Issue 113
Editor’s note: Mitchel Veenstra, a University of Alaska Anchorage journalism student, wrote this article.
This year’s eighth annual Winter Trails Day was an amazing day for families. While the day started slow and temperatures hovered at 14 degrees below zero, the sun quickly warmed things up. Without a cloud in the sky, it was hard to resist the allure of heading to the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center to check out all of the fun Winter Trails Day activities.
More than 800 people "moved outside," a theme borrowed from the Department of the Interior’s initiative to get youth and families outdoors and exercising through the winter months.
This year also offered geocaching. To geocache, participants received a GPS unit and list of coordinates, and then used their GPS unit to find the spot. Michelle Reber brought her children to Winter Trails Day specifically to learn about geocaching. She said, "We got to learn how to find different waypoints, [and] it was exciting!"
Maria Shawback attended with her three children. "It’s great to be outside with all these activities!" she exclaimed.
Not all Winter Trails Day activities took place outside of the Science Center. Visitors could wander around indoors and view informational exhibits that highlighted different recreational clubs throughout Southcentral Alaska and offered winter safety and outdoor tips.
Be sure to mark your calendars with a reminder to attend the next Winter Trails Day in February 2012.
— Mitchel Veenstra, special to BLM-Alaska Frontiers