Morning Bird Walk
8 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Take an early-morning walk with avid birder Jamin Taylor to look and listen for the birds of spring. Come prepared for a 1- to 3-mile walk around the Rodak and Albert Loop trails. Registration is required. Meet in front of the Nature Center building. Bring binoculars if you have some. Parking is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Alaska is home to six native and two non-native species of amphibians and four species of marine turtles. Dr. Joshua Ream (Xíxch’iToowóo) will discuss ecology and ongoing research, as well as cultural relationships that Alaska’s Native peoples have had with these species for many generations. Ream is an anthropologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a founding member of the Alaska Herpeto- logical Society (AHS). Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)
Beyond Backpacking Basics: What’s Inside Your Pack? 6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage. So you have your backpack loaded with all the “nec- essary” items for your next backpacking trip. Still think you might be carrying too much? Join REI for this small group ses- sion on how to cut weight, carry the es- sentials and tailor your gear to best suit your needs. In this hands-on class, bring in your personal pack and gear and we will go through the items you take with you when backpacking and do a group “shake-down” on gear. You will receive the small group attention you need to really perfect your packing system. Free, but register at rei.com.
Youth Wilderness First Aid/CPR workshop
10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, Eagle River Nature Center classroom yurt. This three-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course is intensive and covers principles of preventing and treating wilderness injuries; ideal for those who spend time recreating or living in remote settings. This course is geared toward youth ages 12-18. This course prepares your youth for recreating in Alaska anytime of year. The cost is $225, and payment is due at the time of registration. (ernc.org)
Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage. If you ride a bicycle, then you need this class! In this informative session you will learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle that will keep you riding smoothly and prolong your bike’s life. No experience necessary. Note that this is a demonstration class; please do not bring your bike. Register at rei.com.
Alaska Bear Aware
6-7:30 p.m., REI Anchorage. The bears are out and about. Do you know what to do to limit your risks in bear country? Join REI experts to learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free, but register at rei.com.
Birding Basics II
6-7:30 p.m., REI Anchorage. Explore the world of birding in this all-ages program to become prepared for the coming fall migration. Learn how to identify birds in non-breeding plumage, bird anatomy, and how to use apps and field guides to identify birds while in the field. An REI expert will guide you through all of the basics, suggest local birding spots, and set you on the path to your own birding adventures. Also, the Birds of Anchorage Checklist will be provided. Free, but rgister at rei.com.
6-7:30 p.m., REI Anchorage. There are few better ways to spend a couple hours or a full day for that matter, than in a kayak moving over water: An experi- enced instructor will share information about kayaking and recreational kayaks. L This course does not replace the need for on-water instruction. Free, but regis- ter at rei.com.
Introduction to Backcountry Skills
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Getting ready to head into the
wilderness for the first time and not sure what you need to know or do to have a successful trip? Hone your skills during this outing while instructors will discuss the importance of proper planning, equipment selection, and other fundamental backcountry skills. The cost is $60 for members, $80 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.
Denali Randonneurs Solstice Brevet
6 a.m., Gakona (or 8:30 a,m,. Tok, for June 17 200K). Choose from several distances for this solstice weekend event – 200, 400 or 600K. There also is an additional 200K Solstice ride on June 17. If you plan to stay at Gakona Lodge, make arrange- ments in advance; they fill up quickly. The overnight control is located in Tok (Young’s Motel). Make rooming arrange- ments on your own. $20 for nonmembers; sign up by June 13. www.denalirandon- neurs.org.
Dyeing With Plants and Lichen
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Learn how to use Alaska’s wild plants and lichen for textile dyeing: how to pre- pare and mordant the fibers, identify and harvest materials, and prepare a dye- bath. Participants will take home cotton/ wool/silk swatches and a shibori-resist silk scarf. Registration is limited to 10 people, ages 13 and older (teens need to register along with an adult). $50/person. Bring water, snacks, and be prepared to walk on trails. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Family Friendly Hike
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Join nature center guides for a 3-mile roundtrip hike on the Albert Loop Trail. Bring a backpack with water and lunch to eat on the gravel bar of the Eagle River. This family-friendly hike is open to all ages; registration is required for all family members except babies (strollers are OK). No dogs are allowed on this, or any guided hikes. (ernc.org)
Womens Bike Maintenance: Level 1
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage. Join us for a women’s introductory bike mainte- nance class. This class is an informative presentation that will familiarize you with different parts of a bike while showing you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire, and manage other minor adjustments to keep your bike running smoothly and out of the shop. Note that this is a demonstra- tion class; please do not bring your bike. Register at rei.com.
Teen Cabin Hike
2-4:30 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. TJoin us this summer to hike, volunteer and learn new skills. On June 21, nature center staff will head to the cabin where they will cook s’mores over a campfire. Registration is limited to 10 teens, ages 13 and older. Bring backpack with water, bug spray and other day-hike essentials. (ernc.org)
Solstice Evening Hike
6 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Join nature center staff for a hike to the cabin (1.25 miles one-way) where they will cel- ebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with fun and friend-
ship. Registration is required and limited to 12 people, any age. Bring a backpack with water and snack – staff will provide the hotdogs and s’mores. Free, but park- ing is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)
Backpacking by Bike: Bikepacking Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI Anchorage. Bikepacking – or backpacking by mountain bike – is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Join REI staff to learn about a fun choice for cycling buddies, couples or even families who like to ride together and are looking for a new way to venture out on their mountain bike(s). In this program we will cover various aspects of bikepacking, including outfitting your bike, gear to bring, and trip planning tips.
The Art of Fire
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center. Think you have what it takes to survive? During this field outing, you will learn valuable skills and techniques including fire safety, tinder gathering, fire building and starting, tending and maintaining. REI experts will help you master this primitive skill. The fee is $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.