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Dec. 2

Winter Birds 101

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Naturalist and volunteer Liza Sanden will cover the basics of winter bird identification. The goal is to recruit as many as possible to join the Eagle River-Chugiak Christmas Bird Count, set for Dec. 31. The program is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (


Dec. 2

Introduction to Snowshoeing

10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Discover the freedom of snowshoeing with an all-day field outing hosted by REI experts. Learn snowshoeing techniques, proper use of equipment and how to make every trip a success. The cost is $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Register at


Dec. 3

Rage Against the Machine

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

How has 21st Century technology changed our relationship with the outdoors? Patrick Kelly of the Denali Education Center shares research, stories from the field, and personal reflections on why we increasingly need to unplug to recharge outdoors, and why we are afraid to do so. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (


Dec. 5

Fat Biking Basics

6-7:30 p.m., REI Anchorage

Come learn all about cycling’s new big thing: fat bikes. Learn about the advantages of fat biking, the gear you need to get out, and where to go locally. The program is free, but registration is required. (


Dec. 6

Women’s Snowshoeing Basics

6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage

Whether you’re looking for a fun winter sport or want to meet other women looking to get outdoors, join REI’s experienced staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. The program will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. If you ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport! Free, but registration is required. (


Dec. 9

Lantern Making

2-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Come and make your own lantern for a solstice celebration lantern walk being hosted Dec. 16. Come anytime between 2-4pm and bring an empty half-gallon cardboard milk carton if you have one; all other materials are provided. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (


Dec. 10

Armchair Travel Series: India

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Explore India through the experiences of two local geography teachers and travelers, Michelle O’Leary and Katelyn Barringer. They toured some of India’s important historical and cultural landmarks, met with schoolchildren in several cities, and learned about Jainism and nonviolence. They will also answer questions about travel in this fascinating country. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (


Dec. 12

Nordic Ski Waxing Basics

6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage

Waxing cross-country skis is both an art and a science to attain the perfect kick and glide. Join REI experts as we cover the basics in choosing and applying glide wax and kick wax for optimal Nordic and cross-country skiing. There will be a variety of classic and skate skis on hand to demonstrate waxing. Keep your own skis at home, as the program will only be a demonstration of how to apply wax. Register at


Dec. 13

Wildlife Wednesdays Zoo program

7 p.m., The Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo’s annual Wildlife Wednesdays program features photographer Drew Hamilton, who will speak on “Alaska is a Wildlife Photographer’s Paradise.” Hamilton will share wildlife photography tips and advice, from composition to editing to creative ways to display your wildlife art. The lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month, and attendance is free with regular zoo admission. See www.alaskazoo for prices.


Dec. 13

Women’s Winter Camping Basics

6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage

Do you like to camp but have only tried it in the spring, summer or fall? Join REI’s experienced female winter camping experts to learn what you need and what to expect when camping in a winter wonderland. The program will cover how to plan, how to stay warm, how to select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. Winter camping is a great experience that helps keep you outside all year long. Register for the free program at


Dec. 14

Alaskans on the Camino: Gear Talk and Potluck

6-7:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Hall

What are the equipment needs for a Camino trek? Join REI to hear from former Peregrinos and decide what is best for you. Maybe Santa can place some of these items under your tree and you can start preparing for your Camino trek. Bring a dish to share. The program will meet at the St Patricks’s Parish on Muldoon Road. Register at


Dec. 16

Solstice Celebration

6-8 p.m., Rodak Nature Trail

The Nature Center invites you to its annual celebration of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Bring your own lantern, or borrow one of ours. Dress for being outdoors, and follow the lantern-lit path along the Rodak Trail to the big bonfire anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. Parking will be allowed on the west side of Eagle River Road for this special event. Allow time to park and walk to the trailhead. There also will be a food drive, so bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Eagle River Food Bank. Free. (


Dec. 17

Birds at the Feeder

2-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

The Nature Center is a great place to observe woodpeckers, chickadees and other winter birds. Refresh your bird identification skills for the upcoming Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 31. Come anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. for the informal open house and a naturalist will help you identify the birds at the center’s bird feeders, as well as give you pointers for attracting birds to your feeder. Free. (


Dec. 19

Mountaineering Club of Alaska Monthly Meeting

6:30-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd., Anchorage.

This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite nonmembers. Each month focuses on a topic or presentation of interest to ice and rock climbers in Alaska. (


Dec. 30

Avalanche Intro and Refresher Course

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Whether you’re new to snowy mountains, or want a refresher, join the Anchorage Avalanche Center for a day of learning. No matter your recreational pursuit of choice, you’ll learn, or have the opportunity to brush up on, the skills and knowledge needed to stay safe and comfortable in this environment. The workshop will cover avalanche basics including recognition, management and rescue. It also will address proper preparation, gear, and attire for winter backcountry adventures. The program is taught by a masters-level professional outdoor educator. The fee is $45 and supports the Anchorage Avalanche Center and its public safety information and education programs for Chugach State Park. (


Dec. 31

Christmas Bird Count

Beginning at 9 a.m., Jitters, Eagle River

Join Eagle River Nature Center supporters to gather data for Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count for the Eagle River/Chugiak area. Volunteers can cover a predetermined area or even do it at home if it is in the assigned count circle. Free; for more details, contact 694-2108. (

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