Coast Event Calendar – April, 2013

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April 5-7

NSAA Ski Tour/Denali View Chalet

10:30 a.m., Kincaid Park

The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage hosts free backcountry ski tours for members.  The April tour is set for a rustic Alaska lodge on Kroto Lake south of Mount McKinley. Ski eight miles into the lodge with just a day pack. Great views, fantastic company, exquisite cuisine, sauna and skiing. Space is limited. Contact the Association for more details. (


April 6

Alaska’s Wood Frog

2 p.m. Eagle River Nature Center

Did you know that the area’s only local amphibian is the wood frog? Frogs can be good indicators of changing environmental conditions. Join Marian Snively from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to learn more about frogs and how citizens can help monitor frog populations in Southcentral. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (


April 7

Meet the Author of “Cold,” “Heat”

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Bestselling author Bill Streever, author of “Cold,” is back to warm readers up with his brand-new book “Heat,” which starts where “Cold” left off. Streever will share tales of fever, the first fires on earth and the (much later) first use of fire by humans, his own attempts to start fires without matches along the banks of Eagle River, the burning of peat and coal and oil, volcanoes, thermonuclear weapons, and the surprising temperatures that prevailed in the first moments after the big bang. He will stay to autograph copies of his book. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (


April 10

Map & Compass Navigation Basics class

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

Learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. Also learn how to read a topographic map in tandem with the compass$20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Register at


April 11

Tomorrow Kilimanjaro

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

Tomorrow Kilimanjaro tells how one charity is making a difference in the lives of urban youth. Join Big City Mountaineers climber Annie Passarello on a photo journey of a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. Free program. (


April 12

BCA Volunteer Roundup

6-8 p.m., Midnight Sun Brewery

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week, and Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage celebrates with its second annual Volunteer Roundup. Volunteers can sign up to help staff events, and also to help coordinate them.


April 13

BCA Second Saturday Ride

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Goose Lake

Join the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage and REI for a second Saturday ride for a winter ride in Anchorage. Ride the Chester Creek Trail to Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop for a treat before returning back to the lake. REI provides trail treats as well. Helmets required. (


April 14

Moose Browse and Invasive Species

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

What happens when an ornamental tree that contains cyanide invades the same habitats that moose forage in? You can help scientists find out. Learn about monitoring moose winter foraging ecology, winter tree identification, and invasive species ecology. Invasive plants instructor Gino Graziano, University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, is working with Anchorage School District students to collect data on how moose foraging behavior is affected by the May Day chokecherry (Prunus padus), a common, but invasive, ornamental tree. This is your opportunity to participate in an ecological study concerning an invasive tree and moose, an icon of Alaska.  Free program (indoors, followed by a walk, so dress for the weather); $5 parking for nonmembers. (


April 17

Mountaineering Club of Alaska monthly meeting

6:30 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd.

The group’s monthly meeting usually features a slideshow presentation. This month’s meeting is TBA. General announcements will precede the event from 6:30 to 7:15. The presentation will begin at 7:30. Free. (


April 17

Making, Maintaining and Managing Trails in Chugach State Park

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

Do you love Chugach State Park and the trail system there? Learn more about them during a free program on trails in Alaska. (


April 18

Get Ready for the Clean Air Challenge

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

John Glidden will be speaking on “getting your body and mind prepared for your bicycle trek,” and George Stewart will speak on fund-raising tips during this free informational program. Register at


April 19

Sustainable Trails 101

4-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd.

Alaska Trails teaches an introductory course on sustainable trail building in Alaska. Learn how to build permanent trails and also the importance of using a clinometer. Light dinner is included. $50. Register at 334-8049 or


April 20

Friends of Eagle River Nature Center’s annual Spring Auction

5:30- 9 p.m., Bridge Seafood

$50 per person; tables of 4 and 8 available. Auctioneer Rayne Reynolds. Check online for reservations. (


April 20

Lost-proofing Your Child

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett will help parents “lost-proof” their children during this informative presentation. Children can learn not to get lost, as well as learn how to stay safe and get found if they do get lost. Indoor and outdoor presentation, including a role-playing exercise of hiding a child/parent and having the audience do a search. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (Nature Center closes at 3:30 p.m. to get ready for our Spring Auction.


April 21

Living and Recreating in Bear Country

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Are you considering keeping chickens or other livestock in your backyard? Do you worry about hiking, running or camping in bear country? Elizabeth Manning and Tony Carnahan from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will discuss how to stay safe and what you can do to keep from attracting bears while raising livestock, including a how-to lesson in electric fences. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (


April 23

Electric Fences in Bear Country
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage

Tips presented by Elizabeth Manning of Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the use of fences in bear country. Free program. (


April 24

Climbing Knots Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage

Knowing how and why to tie knots properly is essential for climbers. The program will cover the figure-eight, prusik, clove hitch, water knot, Kleimheist and several other basic climbing knots. Free program. (


April 25

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

Birding is more than just watching birds. It is a fun, year-round pursuit all ages can enjoy. If you’ve ever been interested in birding but didn’t know how to get started, then this class is for you. Free program. (


April 27

Dew Lake Guided Hike

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

Join volunteers Bob and Ann Fisher for a 6.75-mile round trip hike to scenic Dew Lake, starting from the Nature Center. Hikers should be in good shape, but may be beginners. The trail is fairly level with a total elevation gain of about 900 feet.  Hikers are advised to bring a daypack with snacks, water, wind/rain/snow clothing. The hike is limited to the first 12 people (at least 18 years old) who register by calling 694-2108. Free program.  $5 parking fee for nonmembers. (


April 27
MDA Muscle Walk

10 a.m.-noon, Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall

We walk to honor adults and children with any of the more than 40 muscle diseases. We walk to have fun and get some light exercise. We walk to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (


April 28

Plant versus Herbivores

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center

How do plants make a living in Alaska and keep from getting eaten? How do herbivores, such as moose, make a living eating plants, especially when so many are full of chemical compounds that makes them hard to digest? Naturalist Ute Olsson will discuss aspects of herbivory in boreal ecosystems. Indoor presentation followed by an optional walk. Free; $5 parking for nonmembers. (



Weekly Run or Walk with Friends

At 6 p.m. every Wednesday through the winter, meet at The Dome in Anchorage. Free for Anchorage Running Club members. (


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