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! 

The Campbell Creek Science Center offers both virtual and in-person programs. View the monthly schedule below.

Register for all fee-based in-person programs at Rec.gov.

Call 907-267-1247 or email us with questions. 

 

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.

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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A group of toddlers work with an instructor to examine their surroundings.

 

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

Register for TOTs programs here


Monthly Events

November

November 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM |  Time Outside Together (TOTs) - Preparing for Winter 

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a hands-on nature program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. This month, gather at CCSC and spend time with your TOT(s) exploring the woods and learning all about how animals and plants get ready for winter!  Sing songs, go on a forest nature walk, and more. This event is free and open the public. Pre-registration is required.

Register for this in-person program!


November 16, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  Fireside Chat Series - Monitoring Alaskan Volcanoes: The Methods and the Madness 

Alaska is a spectacular place to learn about volcanoes. There are more than 130 volcanoes here. More than 75 percent of US volcano eruptions in the last 200 years were in Alaska! Learn how and where scientists monitor volcanoes and how they predict future volcanic eruptions from USGS Geophysicist Cyrus Read of the Alaska Volcano Observatory. He will discuss the equipment and techniques used to monitor volcanoes. This in-person event is free and open to the public. 


November 18, 7:00 - 8:30 PM |  Birch Tree Paintings

Enjoy a fun, cozy evening creating watercolors of birch trees and learning more about the Alaska Paper Birch (Betula neoalaskana). This delightful tree is native to Alaska and northern Canada. The art technique is simple and produces beautiful results no matter your experience level.

This event is $5. Registration is required.

Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov!


November 29, 7:00 - 8:00 PM |  A Year in the Boreal Forest (Virtual)

Circling the northern portion of the globe is a land of scenic beauty and climatic extremes known as the boreal forest.  BLM educator, Julie Johnson, will take you on a seasonal journey through this region's harsh conditions. Learn about how plants and animals living in the forest are adapted to survive all year long. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration for this virtual event is required.

Register for this virtual event!

December

December 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM |  Winter Outdoor Survival Workshop

There are so many ways to enjoy the Alaska outdoors in winter! How prepared are you to deal with the unexpected? In this workshop, you will learn the basics of winter survival, including how to make a fire, how to create shelter, how to dress, and what gear to bring. Participants will travel on and off trails across uneven ground and through the woods in areas that may be snowy and icy. Notify CCSC in advance of any special needs or requirements you have. This event is $10. Registration is required.

Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov!


December 8, 10:00 - 11:30 AM |  Time Outside together (TOTs) - Snow & Ice 

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a hands-on nature program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. This month, gather at CCSC and spend time with your TOT(s) exploring the woods and learning all about snow and ice! Sing songs, go on a forest nature walk, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

Register for this in-person program!


December 16, 6:30 - 8:00 PM |  Winter Solstice Celebration

Gather around the campfire during the darkest part of the year to share stories that celebrate the seasonal changes of the Earth. Then, strap on snowshoes for a guided walk through the forest. Participants will travel off trail across uneven, snow-covered ground. Snowshoes provided—or bring your own.

This event is $5. Registration is required.

Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov!


December 21, 7:00 - 8:00 PM | Fireside Chat Series - The Science of Snow 

Why are snowflakes symmetrical? What was the most it ever snowed in 24 hours in Alaska (and where)? How does a blizzard work? How does snow turn into a glacier? 

Join snow experts Dr. Matthew Sturm and Serina Wesen from the University of Alaska Fairbanks for an evening of discussion and hands-on activities related to snow and snow cover in Alaska. This event is free and open to the public.


 

December 29, 12:30 - 2:30 PM |  Junior Ranger: Winter Survival

What does it take to survive and thrive outdoors in Alaska in the winter? How should we prepare to spend time outdoors? What can we do when things go wrong? Through hands-on experience with fire starting, winter shelter building, and other skills, Junior Rangers learn techniques to stay warm, healthy, secure, and have fun in the outdoors. This event is $5. Registration is required.

Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov!


December 30, 12:30 - 2:30 PM |  Snowshoe Hike

Explore winter’s beauty by snowshoe with a knowledgeable CCSC naturalist! Look for animal signs and discover how life in the boreal forest copes with winter,. This is a family-friendly program. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult caregiver for the duration of the program. Participants will travel off trail across uneven, snow-covered ground. Snowshoes provided—or bring your own. Notify CCSC in advance of any special needs or requirements you have. This program takes place almost entirely outdoors.

This event is $5. Registration is required.

Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov!

 

January

New activities coming soon!