Public Programs and Events

Participants in an early morning bird walk watching birds with binoculars

Are you curious to learn different ways to recreate on public lands? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of natural history or resource management? Or, slow down with a gentle self-guided mindfulness walk outdoors? Whatever your interest, the Campbell Creek Science Center has a program or experience for you! 

Welcome back to the Campbell Creek Science Center for in-person public programs this summer. View the monthly schedule below. Virtual programs will take a summer recess. We plan to have a mix of in-person and virtual programs starting again this fall.

 

Public Programs and Events

Junior Ranger

Calling all junior rangers! Curious what salmon have to do with tree growth? Want to get to know Alaska’s trees better? Interested in investigating the signs animals leave behind? These programs are for you! Junior Rangers learn about public lands and how to explore and protect them. Join CCSC naturalists to complete fun outdoor investigations and earn your Junior Ranger badge. For kids ages 8-12. 

Fireside Chat

Our monthly slide lecture series runs from October through April (typically the third Wednesday of the month) and features a different science, natural resources, or outdoor recreation topic each month. Programs begin at 7 p.m. These programs are all virtual this season.

Midsummer Night's Science Series

Our summer series programs occur once a month on Wednesdays from May through August. Participants learn about science and natural resource management through a combination of lecture and experiential activities. Programs begin at 7 p.m.

Time Outside Together (TOTS)
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Instructor and students during a TOT program.

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a free, hands-on nature program for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. These programs have been temporarily suspended until further notice. Check out the TOTs Nature Learning Resources for easy at-home activities you can do with your tots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Events

June

June 1, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Take a Hike! (In-Person)

Saturday is National Trails Day and Alaska has a wealth of recreation trails to help you celebrate. Not sure where to go, what to bring, how to dress, or how to minimize your impacts while in the backcountry? This hiking 101 session will cover all the basics, whether you want to take a day hike or camp for one or more nights. Learn what you should know before you go, what to take with you, and how to pack it. Plus, discover resources you can use to plan where you’ll hike. Program meets in person at CCSC.

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June 8, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Midsummer Night's Science Series - Bear Aware for Families (In-Person)

Does your family know how to behave in Alaska's bear country? Learn about bears and ways to be safe in bear country from Science Center instructors. Find out about bear spray and practice using it! Gain knowledge and experience to make you more comfortable for all your family’s outdoor adventures. This program is free and open to the public. Program meets in person at CCSC.

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June 9, 10:00 - 11:30 AM |  Time Outside Together (TOTs) - Bears (In-Person)

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a free, hands-on nature program for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. This month spend time with your TOT exploring in the woods and learning all about bears! This program is free. Pre-registration is required.  

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-outside-together-tots-bears-tickets-354636606637 

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June 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM |  Junior Ranger - Healthy Fish, Healthy Forests (In-Person)

Calling all Junior Rangers! Learn about the life cycles of salmon through an active game. Discover how salmon feed trees on a woodland hike. Catch salmon fry in traps in Campbell Creek and find out how to identify them. 

For children ages 8-12 years old. Cost: $10/child. Registration required. Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Please call 907-267-1247 to register. 

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June 23, 6 - 7:30 PM |  Nature Journaling - Birds (In-Person)

Take flight with Alaska's birds in this nature journaling session. Nature journaling is the science and art of learning from nature through field sketching and writing. All materials provided, but if you have a favorite journal or sketchbook, please bring it. $10. To register, please call 907-267-1247. 

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Event canceled due to fire.


June 24, 1 - 2 PM |  Forest Ecology Hike (In-Person)

Hike along Campbell Creek and learn more about the many connections in the forest ecosystem. How do plant eaters benefit from the presence of salmon in the creek? Why do salmon die after they spawn? Why are trees and plants different in certain areas of the forest?

Use your own observations to answer these questions and more. Dress for being outdoors no matter the weather and come prepared to travel up to a mile on uneven trails. This program is free and open to the public. 

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June 29, 1 - 2:30 PM |  Presence in Nature (In-Person)

Cast off your stress and start to build a deeper awareness of your natural surroundings. Slow down, listen, and feel your innate connection to the beautiful world around us using a variety of mindfulness activities, including nature sketching and journaling.    

The 90-minute program is designed for all ages. Bring your own journal, notebook, or sketchpad and pencil. Bring drawing pencils if you have them. Dress for being outdoors no matter the weather and come prepared to travel up to a mile on uneven trails. $5, pre-registration required. To register, please call 907-267-1247. 

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July

July 7, 6:00 - 7:30 PM |  Nature Journaling - Flowers (In-Person)

Take a closer look at flowers, learn what to look at, and let your creativity grow in this week's nature journaling session! What is nature journaling? The science and art of learning from nature through field sketching and writing. It's also a great tool to connect with the natural world. All materials provided, but if you have a favorite journal or sketchbook, please bring it. $10. To register, please call 907-267-1247. Program meets in person at CCSC.

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July 13, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Dance Ecology (In-Person)

Experience the natural world around you through the lens of creative movement on this dance-nature hike. Led by a CCSC naturalist and long-time dancer, this invigorating program will give you a deeper understanding of and connection to the environment. No previous movement experience necessary. Dress for the outdoors no matter the weather and come prepared to travel up to a mile on uneven trails. This program is free. Program meets in person at CCSC.

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July 14, 10:00 - 11:30 AM |  Time Outside Together (TOTs) - Creek Explorers (In-Person)

Time Outside Together (TOTs), is a free, hands-on nature program for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. This month spend time with your TOT in the natural world and explore all about creeks! This program is free. Pre-registration is required.  

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-outside-together-tots-bears-tickets-354636606637 

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July 19, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM |  Orienteering (In-Person)

Add this historic, reliable tool to your wilderness exploration kit! Join Science Center staff to get practical experience using a compass along with a map and landmarks. This two-hour basic clinic will cover a brief history of the compass, what declination is and how to use it, and the basics of planning a route - on or off-trail. For ages 12 years and up. Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult also registered for the program. $10 per person, pre-registration required. To register, please call 907-267-1247. 

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July 20, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Midsummer Night's Science Series - Wildland Fire in Alaska (In-Person)

Each summer wildland fires burn over one million acres of land across Alaska. Join CCSC staff for an all-ages program dedicated to wildland fire basics. Learn how wildfires start and behave in different conditions and why fires are essential to the future of our landscapes. This program is free. 

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July 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM |  Nature Journaling - Lichens & Moss (In-Person)

Discover whole new worlds in this nature journaling session focused on lichens and mosses! What is nature journaling? The science and art of learning from nature through field sketching and writing. It's also a great tool to connect to the natural world. All materials provided, but if you have a favorite journal or sketchbook, please bring it. $10. To register, please call 907-267-1247.  

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July 26, 12:00 - 1:00 PM |  Wildflower Walk (In-Person)

Each summer, the boreal forest transforms into a lush and colorful landscape of plants and flowers. Join CCSC naturalist Julie Johnson on a mid-summer plant walk. Learn skills to identify common plants, discover plant adaptations, and explore why flowers matter.  Dress for the outdoors no matter the weather and come prepared to travel up to a mile on uneven trails. This program is free and open to the public. 

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July 27, 2:00 - 4:00 PM |  Junior Ranger - Tree-mendous Trees (In-Person)

Come be a tree scientist! Take a walk through the forest and use all your senses and a variety of tools to learn about Alaska trees. Learn to identify the different types of trees that live here and figure out how they affect other living things around them.  

For children ages 8-12 years old. Cost: $10/child. Pre-registration required. Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Please call 907-267-1247 to register. 

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August

August 3, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Midsummer Night's Science Series - Creek Critters (In-Person)

Do you know about the tiny aquatic insects in the streams? Learn more about them and what they can tell us about stream health. Get ready to wade into Campbell Creek to collect macroinvertebrate samples and observe these critters up close and personal. Footwear that can get wet is recommended. This program is free and open to the public. Program meets in person at CCSC.

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August 4, 10:00AM - 12:00 PM |  Junior Ranger -  Animal Sign (In-Person)

Who left behind those tracks? Why are there holes in that tree? Use observation skills to decipher tricky clues that tell the story of how Alaska animals move through and live in their habitats. 

For children ages 8-12 years old. Cost: $10/child. Pre-registration required. Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Please call 907-267-1247 to register. 

Event is in person. 


August 4, 6:00 - 7:30 PM |  Nature Journaling - Trees (In-Person)

In this nature journaling session, hone your observation skills, learn about different tree species, and let your creativity grow. What is nature journaling? The science and art of learning from nature through field sketching and writing. It's also a great tool to connect to the natural world. All materials provided, but if you have a favorite journal or sketchbook, please bring it. $10. To register, please call 907-267-1247.

Event is in person.


August 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM |  All About Salmon (In-Person)

Join Science Center naturalists to learn all about salmon in Campbell Creek. Find out about salmon life cycles, discover how to tell different salmon species apart at various ages, and better understand the characteristics that make Campbell Creek such a great habitat for the fish. $10, pre-registration required. Please call 907-267-1247 to register. 

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August 10, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Making Art in Nature (In-Person)

Create something beautiful in nature and leave no trace! Try out environmental art as you walk along a trail on Campbell Tract. No previous experience necessary. Bring your cell phone or camera to capture your creations. Dress for the outdoors no matter the weather and come prepared to travel up to a mile on uneven trails. This program is free and open to the public. 

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August 11, 10:00 - 11:30 AM |  Time Outside Together (TOTs) - Insects (In-Person)

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a free, hands-on nature program for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. This month spend time with your TOT in the natural world and look for insects! This program is free; pre-registration is required.  

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-outside-together-tots-bears-tickets-354636606637 

Event is in person.


August 18, 1:00 - 2:00 PM |  Know Your Trees! (In-Person)

Ever wonder which tree is which? Or how some trees survive the winter months? Take an interactive walk around the Campbell Tract to learn how to identify trees native to the boreal forest and discover some of their adaptations to life in the north. Dress for the outdoors no matter the weather and come prepared to travel up to a mile on uneven trails. This program is free and open to the public. 

Event is in person.