Many thanks to Barbara and Steve Johnson and Abe Schmidt for providing a grant to the Nature Center on behalf of the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund managed by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Erin K. Johnson was a beautiful, compassionate, exuberant person. She lived her brief 27 years to the fullest, finding her greatest joy outside exploring wild and remote places with her best friend and husband, Abe; her parents, Barb and Steve; and her extended family of friends and loved ones. A life-long Alaskan, Erin grew up in the mountains, hiking, camping and exploring, especially around her parents' home in Chugiak and the Chugach Mountains.Read More
2019 Owl Boxes Attract Sawhet Owls: The Results by Andrew Fisher Read More
The Nature Center wishes to announce that Samantha Blumenkonig (formerly Samantha Russell, photo below) has taken on Ute Olsson’s duties as Chief Naturalist in 2020. We congratulate Samantha on her new role and wish her great success. Ute is still with us, but she is scaling back her time as she anticipates “semi-retirement”. Ute has served as Chief Naturalist since 2006. Fortunately, we do not bid her adieu, but thank her for all her amazing work. Read More
We honored three people at our December 2019 volunteer celebration for their volunteer service and dedication to the Nature Center. Each has volunteered hundreds of hours of their time over a number of years: Lilly Goodman, Susan Spyker, and Marc Derosier. We extend our deepest thanks to each of them for giving of their time and love to the Nature Center for the community' benefit. We can't thank each of the enough! Left to Right (each volunteer is on the right): Marc Derosier, Susan Spyker and Lilly Goodman. Read More