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September 2016 Programs

Friday, September 2, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers
LITTLE EXPLORERS

Join us on Fridays for a short walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Bring a snack or lunch for afterwards. No registration is needed: check in at the front desk 10 minutes prior. For safety reasons, ERNC policy is that each adult may have no more than two children under the age of 6 on an outdoor program. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, September 2, 1pm
Special School-age Program ($60 fee; Registration required)
HOMESCHOOL SERIES for K-6th

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 is $60 per student for the series of 8 field trips. ERNC Membership required.

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Friday, September 2, 3:30pm
Special School-age Program (Registration required)
TEENS AND CLIMATE CHANGE Roundtable

Are you a savvy teen who’s passionate about the environment? Are you looking for ways to better understand and communicate about sustainability and climate change? Join us for pizza and add your voice to a youth-led monthly discussion on matters that affect your future. Free; $5 parking for non-members (donations are welcome to cover cost of pizza). Register at 694-2108.

Saturday, September 3, 11am
FALL MUSHROOMS

Mushroom experts Diane Pleninger and Chris Maack will help identify mushrooms you bring in, as well as cover mushroom collecting techniques and etiquette. Free; $5 parking for non-members. After the program, you can join them for a 2-3 mile walk to hone your mushroom-identification skills. Walk is limited to 20 people registered at 694-2108.

Sunday, September 4, noon to 4pm
Special Workshop (Cost $65; Register at 694-2108)
LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH OILS

Are you interested in getting outside and capturing the northern landscape's fall colors on canvas? Professional artist David Pettibone (www.davidpettibone.com) leads this intermediate workshop (not meant for novice/beginners). Bring your own supplies (a detailed supply list will be provided at registration) and dress for the weather. Be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile. Limited to 10 people who register at 694-2108. Cost is $65.
David Pettibone is currently working on a series of paintings in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum, that follows the transition of one single cottonwood at the Eagle River Nature Center through the seasons. Part of the museum's Polar Lab Project (https://polarlab.anchoragemuseum.org/projects/david-pettibone), it is likely you will see David painting from the tree while out on your hike along the Iditarod Trail. Be sure to say hello.

Friday, September 9, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers

LITTLE EXPLORERS See Sep 2 for description.

Saturday, September 10, 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 on their journey. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 11, 2pm
WILD TEAS

Come and try some delicious teas brewed from rosehips, berries and such “weeds” as pineapple weed, yarrow and stinging nettles. Naturalist Ute Olsson introduces you to tea-making and identifying edible plants on a short walk around the Rodak Trail. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, Sep 16, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers

LITTLE EXPLORERS See Sep 2 for description.

Saturday, September 17, 9am-5pm
Special Workshop (Cost $95; Register at 694-2108)
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Looking to learn more about your digital camera and outdoor photography? This all-day intensive photo class is for you! After a brief classroom period, you will head out on the trails to sharpen your skills with ERNC’s Artist-in-Residence, Colin Tyler Bogucki, colintyler.com, who has been photographing for publications for nearly 20 years. Attendees must provide their own camera gear (digital SLR only, no smartphone cameras) and be prepared to hike a minimum of five miles throughout the day. Cost $95; limited to 10 people registered at 694-2108.

Sunday, September 18, 2pm
Guided Hike (Register at 694-2108)
FAMILY-FRIENDLY FALL HIKE

Join us on a leisurely 1-2 mile family-friendly hike to enjoy the fall colors. Bring the kids (jogging strollers ok). Free; $5 parking for non-members. Limited to the first 12 people who register at 694-2108.

Friday, September 23, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers

LITTLE EXPLORERS See Sep 2 for description.

Saturday, September 24, 2pm
Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
ICE AGE MAMMALS

Giant beavers, lions, camels, and even the majestic musk ox roamed Alaska thousands of years ago. Join us in fun activities to learn about Alaska's Ice Age Mammals. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Sunday, September 25, 2pm
Armchair Travel Series
FAVORITE ALASKA HIKES

Avid hiker Susan Sommer will share photos of Southcentral hikes, including Skilak Lookout, Kenai River, Icicle Creek, Blueberry Knoll, and Near Point. Susan is an organizer with the meetup group Alaskan Wild Women Hiking & Backpacking and works as a freelance writer and editor (akwriter.com). The Armchair Travel series focuses on a different destination each month. Contact naturalist@ernc.org If you’re interested in making a presentation. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Friday, September 30, 11am
Guided Walk for Families with Preschoolers

LITTLE EXPLORERS See Aug 5 for description.

 

 
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