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Kachemak Bay Water Trail – Connecting Communities


What is a water trail anyway? While the concept of a water trail might sound foreign to many, Alaska boasts a couple popular water trails that generally go by another name. The Swanson River Canoe Trail and the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail are both well-traveled water trails. Read more.
October 10, 2013

Understanding and Conserving Alaska’s Estuaries

Sure, all natural habitats are important. But some have a special power – for both nature and people. That’s the case for the estuary, that place where the world’s three most dominant natural realms meet. Read more.
October 9, 2013

A Busy October at Anchorage Libraries

Anchorage Library Zombie Preparedness Month Anchorage Library planners have outdone themselves this month with more interesting and diverse events scheduled than in years. The Zombie Apocalypse returns to Loussac on Saturday, Oct. 19, with the scavenger hunt maze open from 6:45-10 pm. Another noteworthy event this month is the grand opening of Loussac’s new early literacy center for young children. Read more.
October 8, 2013

New Youth Environmentalists Hail from all Parts of Alaska

Halbe Brown Spirit of Youth AYEA Alaska Youth for Environmental Action have appointed new Youth Organizers for the 2013-14 year. The 16 students are from all over the state and have a deep passion for keeping Alaska's environment healthy. Read more.
October 3, 2013

Electric Vehicles Get a Boost in Juneau

Amy Skilbred parades her electric vehicle on Fourth of July in Juneau. The goal of becoming the Electric Vehicle capital of the U.S. just got a lot closer for Juneau groups and electric vehicle supporters. The Juneau Community Foundation in partnership with the City & Borough of Juneau is the recipient of the $25,000 award that will go toward public charging stations. Read more.
September 26, 2013

Veteran Spotlight: Col. Suellyn Wright Novak

In the 3rd grade, Suellyn Wright Novak was asked to draw a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. She told her teacher she wanted to be a colonel in the Air Force in Alaska – and the teacher was so shocked at the clarity of her vision that she convened a parent-teacher conference where Novak’s parents. Read more.
September 25, 2013

Waves of Change: Kodiak Stories of the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami

Waves of Change: Kodiak Stories of the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami was a two-week long history and film course in which Kodiak youth researched the under-documented stories that relate to the 1964 earthquake and tsunami. Students conducted interviews with elders and scientists, engaged in archival and secondary source research, and shot, directed and edited their own films. Read more.
September 18, 2013

Snow Screen: A Northern Film Festival

Snow Screen Anchorage Museum What does being a Northerner mean to you? Weigh in, and then watch. Snow Screen: A Northern Film Festival will feature YouTube videos with a Northern theme, curated and shown on the big screen. Learn more.
September 12, 2013

Executive Sabbatical Program

Executive burn out? Maybe you need a break... Nonprofit and tribal executives, listen up! Are you tired and stressed? Haven’t had a vacation in months or years? A sabbatical may be just what you need. Learn more.
September 11, 2013

Big Feat, Little Feat Creative Challenge

If you have artistic tendencies, visions of unicorns, love performing or simply want to explore what feats you're capable of, don't miss out on this adventure! Learn more.
September 10, 2013

A Shrew-Eating Trout

Nature Conservancy Shrew Eating Trout Excerpt This fish was caught on the Kanektok River during a rainbow trout project. It wound up being a mortality capture (it didn't survive), so it was cut open to see what it had been feeding on. Surprise! The answer was shrews, and a whole lot of them. By my count, this trout ate twenty shrews. Twenty. Read more.
September 6, 2013

Anchorage Food Mosaic “Feast” a Success

Northern Foodways Anchorage Food Mosaic Feast 4 On Wednesday, August 28th the Anchorage Food Mosaic presented the Local Harvest Feast at the Alaska Botanical Gardens. Even though the weather was chilly and rainy, 200 people joined up under the tents to celebrate and share fresh, local and wild Alaskan food.
September 4, 2013

“World School” Documentary & Photography Exhibit

Alaskans looking for some inspiration to travel won’t want to miss “World School,” a photography exhibit and film that will be shown in Anchorage in September. The photos and 45-minute documentary chronicle the year long, global trip taken by Alaska Filmmaker and mom Mary Katzke and her at that time 5th grade son, Corin. Read more.
August 29, 2013

Wild Alaska Salmon Quiche

Heidi Drygas Salmon Quiche 1 There comes a time in every woman's life where they sort of just hit a wall. For me, it happened this week. The wall came in the form of: several bills from house projects completed over the summer, an unexpected brake replacement on my Jeep, a hot water heater on the fritz, and just for good measure, a boiler that decided to take a little break. Read more.
August 28, 2013

Living & Giving Locally

Candace Winkler and Jessie Menkens take a break from their work. A wildlife habitat and natural wetland, the Campbell Creek estuary will offer Anchorage locals an opportunity to step out into the wilderness of Alaska. A perfect place to take a quiet stroll, the natural trails needed for such an activity had yet to be constructed. That’s where we came in. Our job that Friday: to move gravel from one place to another. Read more.
August 23, 2013

Frugal Fun At The Alaska State Fair

alaska-state-fair The end of summer in Alaska can mean two things, back to school and The Alaska State Fair! While the fair isn't known for being especially cheap, you can get the most bang for your buck by checking out our tips. Read more.
August 22, 2013

New Alaska National Forest Posters Highlights Fish and Wildlife

posters-small-2013 The Chugach and Tongass National Forests have released two new posters in their series, "More Than a Place to Visit—It’s Where We Live." The new 16x32 inch posters are available for free at your local Forest Service office. Learn more.
August 21, 2013

Anchorage Community Works Grand Opening

ACW Grand Opening Excerpt Anchorage Community Works started remodeling a warehouse in Ship Creek this May and have been moving at locomotive speed to get the space ready for use - including remodeled bathrooms, a 300+ square foot stage, an art studio, and a shared workspace, among other things. Join The Works on August 23rd for a grand opening the likes of which Anchorage has not yet seen. Read more.
August 20, 2013

Local Harvest Feast at the Botanical Gardens

anchorage food mosaic harvest feast You are invited to the inaugural Anchorage Food Mosaic Local Harvest Feast at the beautiful Alaska Botanical Garden. Alaska’s rich abundance of fish and game, diverse people, wild edible greens, plump berries, and anything and everything your near-Arctic garden can grow are worth talking about – and eating – amongst friends new and old. More details.
August 16, 2013

Surfing on St. George Island

Alaska Teen Media Institute's Mario Davis and Robert Stormo were in St. George at Seabird Camp 2013 to teach students how to shoot and make a movie about what they learned during camp. They were scheduled to be on the island July 28-July 31, but ended up staying until August 7 because of weather. So, they learned to surf.
August 15, 2013