Midsummer Night's Science Series
Come discover the natural wonders in your backyard here on Campbell Tract. Interact wtih local professionals and discover the processes of science and natural resource management. These family-friendly, hands-on workshops are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7pm.
June 10: Spruce Bark Beetles
The spruce bark beetle is a tiny insect with a big appetite! Join Jesse Moan from the UAF Cooperative Extension Service to discover the biology and history of the spruce bark beetle in Alaska. Learn how to identify a tree attacked by the beetles and contribute to scientific knowledge by collecting beetles. Bring a straight-sided 2-liter plastic bottle to make your own spruce bark beetle trap to take home.
June 24: High Tech Treasure Hunting
Using GPS coordinates, clues, and a sense of adventure, geocachers worldwide participate in real world treasure hunts! Get outside this summer by trying your hand at geocaching. Geocache Alaska will teach the basics of geocaching and GPS use, then the group will go on the hunt for a cache on the BLM Campbell Tract. You can apply the skills you learn to find caches around the state, the country, and the world.
July 8: Wild Weather in the Wilderness
Alaska is a state where outdoor fun is predictable but the weather is not. David Snider from the National Weather Service will share advice for maximizing your enjoyment of the outdoors by bing prepared for any type of weather. Bring the whole family for a lightning strike of a good time that will flood your senses and blow you away with fun!
July 22: Inch by Inch--Gardening with the Family
Gardening may look complex but, with a little preparation and creativity, it’s so easy a child could do it! Join Patrick Ryan from the Alaska Botanical Garden for an evening of gardening tricks, information on native plants, and landscaping ideas as well as some interactive songs for our sprout-sized gardeners.
August 5: Fabulous Frogs
Anchorage is home to a deep-freeze hibernation champion, the wood frog. Mari Reeves, a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will share her knowledge of Alaskan frogs and their mysterious limb deformities. Join us to learn about the hardy history of frogs in Alaska, where to find them, and the threats these amphibians face. You'll also meet some live frogs!
August 19: 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 South-central Alaska. Bring specimens from your own backyard to identify!