A child steps over a hurdle in a snowshoe obstacle course while a parent looks on.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Come join the Bureau of Land Management for work project days, outdoor recreation celebrations, and other special events!

Through these special events you can:

  • Spend a friendly morning improving a trail or revegetating a cleared area.
  • Take an afternoon to try out snowshoes, skis, or other fun winter recreation.
  • Try a variety of educational activities at the Science Center.

Winter Trails Day (January)

Winter Trails Day

There was plenty of fresh snow for the more than 200 people who turned out for Winter Trails Day 2017 at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.

Staff, partners, and volunteers were on hand to teach winter recreation skills, including cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, geocaching, and fat-tire biking, Jan. 28, 2017.  They provided help and reassurance, cheering on timid beginners and boosting the confidence of those looking to build their skills.

Fueled by hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, kids and adults visited stations set up outside the Science Center.  They scrambled through the snow shoe obstacle course, climbed inside the snow shelters, learned how to build a warming fire, watched rescue dogs go through their paces, and examined snowflakes under microscopes.  There was even an opportunity to watch junior mushers compete in a sled dog race as it passed through the Campbell Tract.

Inside the Science Center, partners and representatives of community organizations provided information about recreation opportunities available throughout the winter.

Many thanks to our partners who made this event possible, including Recreational Equipment Inc. and the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

Iditarod Ceremonial Start (March)

Iditarod Ceremonial Start Viewing

The BLM Campbell Tract will host the finish of the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 4, 2017.  

The 730-acre Campbell Tract, located just off Elmore Road near E. 68th Avenue, features several locations to view the mushers, Iditariders, and dog teams as they finish their 11-mile run from downtown Anchorage.  The run from downtown to the Campbell Tract takes approximately 45 minutes. 

The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature Iditarod National Historic Trail exhibits, activities, hot cocoa, and a place to warm up. 

Limited parking will be available at the Anchorage Field Office building. Visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle buses, which will provide access to race viewing areas on Campbell Tract from parking lots at Kasuun Elementary and Abbott Loop Community Park.  Shuttle bus service will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The BLM asks visitors to leave their dogs at home for this event, to avoid conflicts with sled dogs.  In addition, the Campbell Tract is closed to motorized recreation and is a “No Drone” zone.

Learn more about the historic Iditarod Trail through games, exhibits, and more.

National Trails Day (June)

National Trails Day

National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June. This nationwide event draws people together to celebrate trails and complete trail work projects. The improvements to our public lands accomplished through National Trails Day contribute to the long-term health and maintenance of these lands and trails.

  • Register at 8:30 a.m.
  • Outdoor projects start at 9 a.m.
  • Free pizza luncheon for all volunteers!

We hope you can join us June 3, 2017!

National Public Lands Day (September)

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day gives people all across the country the opportunity to put their hands to work on projects to benefit public lands. Participants also learn about natural resource management and the need for shared stewardship of these lands.

Many thanks to all of you who joined us for our 20th anniversary and National Public Lands Day celebration on Saturday, September 24, 2016!

There were an estimated 800 people who came to help paint fish, take care of our gardens and grounds, and spread gravel and woodchips along trails by the Science Center--and to take in the amazing array of activities offered by our staff and many of the dedicated partners who have helped us be successful. 

Special thanks go to Alaska Botanical Garden, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Native Plant Society, Alaska Zoo, Anchorage Audubon, Eagle River Nature Center, Geocache Alaska, Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department, REI, Trailside Discovery Camp, and Visit Anchorage for running stations and lending us equipment for the day. Special thanks also go to Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center and the Public Land Foundation for providing soup for our station leaders and snacks and birthday cake for all our other volunteers and celebrants.

What a wonderful day! We're looking forward to the next 20 years!!