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September 2014 Programs


HOMESCHOOL SERIES (K-6th) starts Friday, September 5, 1pm
This fieldtrip-based course covers a variety of natural science topics over the course of a school year, and is held from 1-3pm on the first Friday of each month from September through May (except January). For details, sibling policy and registration information, see our website at www.ernc.org or email naturalist@ernc.org. Limited to 20 students accompanied by a parent. Cost: $60 per student for all 8 field trips. Membership required.

Saturday, September 6, 2pm
Guided Hike (Registration required)
FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKE

Join volunteer Liza Sanden on a leisurely-paced, stroller-friendly hike to the Giant’s Rocks along the Iditarod Trail, a round-trip of approximately 3 miles total. Bring water and snack. Limited to the first 12 participants who register at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 7, noon –Note special time!
Guided Hike (Registration required)
DEW LAKE HIKE

Join volunteer Steven Dilfer and Stacy Flagg on a hike to scenic Dew Lake, a 6-mile round-trip of approximate 4 hours. Bring backpack with wind/rain shell, water and lunch. Limited to the first 12 people (ages 18 and up) registered at 694-2108. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 7, 2pm
PRESERVING BERRIES

Learn how to preserve your fall harvest by drying, freezing or canning. Join Ute Olsson and Laura Kruger for a look at equipment, tips and demonstrations. Following the indoor portion, there will be an optional short walk around the Rodak Trail to identify berry plants. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, September 13, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
FALL COLORS

Why do leaves turn different colors in the fall? Join us for a discussion of what’s happening inside plants as winter approaches, followed by a walk around the Rodak Trail to look at the changing landscape, and to collect leaves for crafts. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 14, 2pm
All-Ages Program
USE YOUR SENSES WALK

Let’s explore the unique sights, smells and sounds of nature at this time of year. Join naturalist Giselle Bergeron for an approximately 1-mile walk to explore the fall landscape. Free; $5 parking for non-members.


Saturday, September 20, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
INSPECTOR MOOSE

Why do moose shed their antlers? How do they survive Alaskan winters? Find out on a walk around the Rodak Trail in search of signs left by moose. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 21, 2pm
All-Ages Program
TREE IDENTIFICATION

How well do you know Alaskan trees? Can you tell them apart after they’ve lost their leaves? Join naturalist Ute Olsson for an introduction to the botany and ecology of Alaska’s trees and bushes. Learn how to use a dichotomous key, and join us on a 1-mile walk. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Saturday, September 27, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
ANIMAL MIGRATION

Fall is the time of year when many animals head south to escape Alaska’s harsh winters. Why do they do it? What are the costs and benefits? Join us in a discussion and migration game to learn more about what our departing animals face in their journey south. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 28, 2pm
All-Ages Program
WORM BIN COMPOSTING

Are you interested in turning your kitchen waste into compost for next year’s garden instead of sending it to the landfill? Join Sandy Christenson of Wormsandstuff.com to learn the basics of building and maintaining an indoor worm bin. Sandy will also have red wigglers and worm bin supplies for sale. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

 

 
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