Public Programs and Events

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 Recreation.gov

 

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

 

 

 

 

Public Programs & Monthly Events

February

Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m. I O.W.L.S.

 OWLS, Outdoor Walks and Learning for Seniors, is a program for active, inquisitive seniors. Discover animal adaptations in winter and take a short hike to learn how animals thrive in Campbell Creek. 

Participants will travel on trails across uneven ground that may be snowy and icy.

This event is free and open to the public.  


Feb. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. I TOTs: Textures in Nature

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a hands-on nature program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

It’s time to touch different textures at our monthly TOTs. Smooth, rough, tough, slimy! Sing songs, count to three, and more.

This event is $5/family.

 Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov


Feb. 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m. I Exploring Our Wild Kinship

 Explore your kinship with nature and with the local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community.

This is a welcoming space where we will have conversations by the fire and opportunity to safely snowshoe in the forest after dark.

This event is free and open to the public.


Feb. 13,  6:30-8 p.m. I Nature’s Weird and Wacky Mating Rituals  

Love is in the air and all around on public lands. Attend this participatory program to learn about the unique ways that life finds a way. We will blushingly talk about spider mating rituals, bird courtship behaviors, and more. Maybe we’ll pick up some dating tips, too! You’ll get to customize your own Valentine’s card to send to your crush.

Space is limited. This event is $5/person.

 Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov


Feb. 21, 7-8 p.m. I Fireside Chat Series: Exploring Alaska’s Wild Ice

Join us by the fire every third Wednesday of the month to gain a deeper understanding of Alaska’s unique cultural resources, ecology, recreational opportunities, and more.

This month, join professional outdoor educator, Luc Mehl, to learn about skating and traveling over wild ice.

This event is free and open to the public. 


Feb. 23, 10:00 a.m.-noon  I Junior Ranger: Animal Tracking 

Calling all Junior Rangers! Use observation skills to decipher tricky clues that animals leave behind as they move and live in their winter habitat. 

Junior Ranger programs are for children ages 5-10 years old. Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

This event is $8/child. 

 Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov


Feb. 23, 6:00–7:30 p.m. I Moonlight Snowshoe Hike 

Snowshoe through Campbell Tract’s beautiful winter woods, guided by a CCSC naturalist, by moonlight.

Participants travel off trail across uneven, snow-covered ground. Snowshoes available—or bring your own. Notify CCSC in advance of any special needs or requirements you have.

This event is $5/person.

 Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov


Feb. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. I Owl Prowl

Take a night hike through the forest with a naturalist to search for Alaska’s elusive owl residents. Your prowl begins by learning about these amazing nocturnal predators, their adaptations, and their behaviors. After practicing owl calls, we’ll hit the trail and see who is hunting.

Participants travel on trails for more than a mile over uneven ground that may be snowy and icy.

This event is $5/person.

 Register for this in-person program on Rec.gov


 

March

March 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m. I TOTs: Trees 

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a hands-on nature program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Make friends with aspen, birch, cottonwood, and spruce trees. Discuss and compare items by colors, textures, weights, shapes, and more.

This event is $5/family; register at Recreation.gov


March 8, 10 a.m. – noon I Junior Ranger: Iditarod

Calling all Junior Rangers! How much do you know about the Iditarod Trail?

Discover how sled dogs are amazingly adapted to cope with the challenging conditions on the Iditarod Trail. Junior Ranger programs are for children ages 5-10 years old.

Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. This event is $8/child; register at Recreation.gov.


March 12 & 14, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. I Snowshoe Hike (all ages)

Two great opportunities to play in the snow before it’s all gone! Join us to 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 travel off trail across uneven, snow-covered ground.

Snowshoes provided—or bring your own. Notify CCSC in advance of any special needs or requirements.

This program takes place almost entirely outdoors. This event is $5/person, register at Recreation.gov


March 13, 10 a.m. – noon I Junior Ranger: Animal Tracking

Calling all Junior Rangers! Join us from 10 a.m. - noon on Wed., March 13 and use observation skills to decipher tricky clues that animals leave behind as they move and live in the forest.

Junior Ranger programs are for children ages 5-10 years old. Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

This event is $8/child; register at Recreation.gov


March 20, 7– 8 p.m. I Fireside Chat Series: Co-producing Knowledge in Northern Alaska 

Join us by the fire every third Wednesday of the month to gain a deeper understanding of Alaska’s unique cultural resources, ecology, recreational opportunities, and more.

This month learn how co-production of knowledge with Alaska communities and Alaska Native peoples leads to the protection of wildlife and Alaska’s wild places.

This event is free and open to the public.  


March 29, 6 – 8 p.m. I Grow Your Own Story: Strategies and Techniques to Refine Your Outdoor Writing 

Join Lisa Maloney, an award-winning author and freelance travel/outdoors writer based in Anchorage, for a two-hour workshop on taking the seeds of any outdoor experience and turning it into a story.

This workshop is for anybody with an interest in outdoor writing at any level. You will have opportunities to read, write, listen, share, and expand your repertoire of story-building techniques.

Come with an outdoor experience in mind or create your own by spending some time outside during the workshop. (Please dress for the weather!)

This event is $35/person; register at Recreation.gov

April

April 5, 10 – 11:30 a.m. I OWLS Walk

OWLS, Outdoor Walks and Learning for Seniors, is a program for active, inquisitive seniors. Join a CCSC naturalist for an outdoor walk emphasizing exercise with nuggets of nature learning.

This event is free and open to the public. 


April 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m. I TOTs: Bears

TOTs, or Time Outside Together, is a hands-on nature program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

This month, learn more about bears and bear safety through song, exploration, and a woodland walk.

This event is $5/family; register at Recreation.gov


April 17, 7 – 8 p.m. I Fireside Chat Speaker Series: Backyard Insect Ecology 

Join us for our LAST Fireside Chat of the season to gain a deeper understanding of Alaska’s unique cultural resources, ecology, recreational opportunities, and more.

This month learn about the BIG diversity of some of Alaska’s smallest wildlife–the insects—with Alex Wenninger, from University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

This event is free and open to the public.  


April 19, 10 a.m. – Noon I Junior Ranger: Bears

Calling all Junior Rangers! It’s time to yawn, stretch and wiggle those toes!

The bears are waking up. Join us to discover bear adaptations and learn how to help keep bears wild through fun, energetic activities.

Junior Ranger programs are for children ages 5-10 years old. Every child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

This event is $8/child; register at Recreation.gov. 


April 25, 12 – 1 p.m. & 7 –8 p.m. I Virtual: Birding Basics

Birding is for everyone! Birding can inspire you to enjoy nature at a slower pace or ignite your competitive spirit. Tune into this virtual program for an introduction or refresher to birding as the migration season begins.

This event is free and open to the public.   

Noon Zoom Link

7 p.m. Zoom link