Midsummer Night's Science Series
Come discover the natural wonders in your backyard here on Campbell Tract. Interact with local professionals and discover the processes of science and natural resource management. These family-friendly workshops are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7:00pm.
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June 1: Bear Aware for Families
Summer in Alaska means sharing the forests and trails with bears. Does your family know what to do? Attend this lecture about bear safety, practice using inert bear spray, and feel confident about your family's outdoor adventures this summer.
June 8: Creating Confident Outdoor Families
Alaska provides a wealth of outdoor exploration opportunities for folks of all ages. Join Erin Kirkland, author of Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children, on a kid-friendly exploration of the Campbell Tract. Learn tips and tricks to take with you on the trail to keep your children safe and engaged.
June 22: Dena'ina Bada q'u' qilan: Who Are the Dena'ina?
Half of all Alaskans live in traditional Dena’ina territory. Before Anchorage established its tent-city in 1915, the Cook Inlet region was home to the Dena’ina people and continues to be today. Join Aaron Leggett, a member of the Eklutna tribe of Dena’ina Athabascans and the Alaska Gallery Curator at the Anchorage Museum, on a journey through the history of the Cook Inlet area, its original inhabitants, and today’s thriving Dena’ina culture.
July 6: Go for the Gold
Alaska is home to some real rich history! Following in the footsteps of early miners, BLM staff will walk you through the process of locating a gold panning site, applying for your permit, and panning. You will also learn panning techniques and practice with real pans!
July 20: The Buzz on Pollinators
Did you know it takes millions of insects to keep our Alaska landscape healthy and to put food on our plates? Bees, flies, and other insects pollinate plants and crops. Spend some time with Susan Dunsmore, an Alaskan beekeeper. Learn about bees, sample the fruits of their work, and get up close and personal with local pollinators.
August 3: Wild Wolves
Join Alaska Zoo Education Director and wolf trainer/handler, Stephanie Hartman, as she talks about the gray wolves of Alaska! Stephanie will discuss wolf family group hierarchy, diets, adaptations, communication and more! Guests will also discover how the wolves of the Alaska Zoo are cared for and used for hands-on for education, research and conservation.
August 17: Mushroom Fair
Come have fun learning about fungi. Local mushroom enthusiasts will share their knowledge about mushrooms through posters, discussion, and specimens from all over Southcentral Alaska. Bring specimens from your own backyard to identify!
Moms, Pops, & Tots
Discovering the Outdoors with Your Children
From the earliest ages, nature exploration and outdoor play are critical for children’s healthy development. Come spend time with us exploring the wonders of the natural world with your infant or toddler and their siblings. You'll establish an outdoor activity network with other parents, learn more about outdoor gear, and leave with useful handouts!
We all begin together on our gentle adventures exploring areas around the Science Center. Bathrooms and changing stations are available. Flexible ending time allows families to stay for the full two hours or leave when the enthusiasm wanes.
Programs are 10am to 12pm every other Wednesday beginning in mid-June:
June 15 & 29
July 13 & 27
August 10 & 24