Happy New Year: Mark your 2016 outdoor calendar now

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Jan. 8
Astronomy Series: The Aurora Borealis
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
The presentation is by Colin Tyler Bogucki. Join our astronomers for this popular indoor and outdoor program. Every first and third Friday evening of the month, an astronomer will present a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and answer your questions. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky, using your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by our astronomers. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Jan. 10
Cross-country Skiing for Beginners
11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
If you’ve never been on skis before, or would like some tips to get more comfortable, join volunteer Lilly Goodman-Allwright for an introductory class in cross-country skiing (not skate skiing). You’ll need to bring your own equipment and dress in noncotton layers. Limited to the first 12 people (ages 10 and older; children need to register along with an adult) who call 694-2108. This program is subject to cancellation in case of lack of snow, icy conditions or temperatures below 0 degrees F. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Jan. 13
Wildlife Wednesdays at The Alaska Zoo
7-8 p.m., The Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall
“Wildlife Majesty in Nature: The Bears of McNeil River State
Game Sanctuary,” is the topic of this month’s Wildlife Wednesdays lecture at The Alaska Zoon. Join Alaska Zoo education director Stephanie Hartman as she
takes you on a photo and video exploration of her visit to the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. Come see these majestic brown bears and hear the fun stories of her journey into the wilds of McNeil River. Free with zoo admission. (Alaskazoo.org)

Jan. 16
Historic Iditarod Roadhouse Day
Noon-5 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
The Nature Center will be transformed into a roadhouse, circa 1916, in the heyday of the Iditarod Trail. We’ll have a vintage dog sled, Crow Pass roadhouse artifacts, as well as food (pancakes, fresh-baked goods, hot beverages, and soups) served at almost 1916 prices. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Jan. 16
Polar Bear 5K Run/1K Cub Crawl
10 a.m., The Alaska Zoo
Help support The Alaska Zoo with a fun run for families and friends. The cost is $45 for 5K runners and $35 for 1K crawlers. The 1K course is designed for strollers, so plan accordingly. (alaskazoo.org)

Jan. 17
Eagle River Nature Center Late opening
The Nature Center building will open at noon, but the trails are always open.

Jan. 17
Open House at Paradise Haven Cabin
12:30-3:30 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join volunteer Stacy Flagg departing at 12:30 p.m., or come on your own. It’s a 1.25 mile walk/ski to the Nature Center’s public use cabin, where a warm fire awaits you. The cabin has recently been named Paradise Haven to acknowledge the Nature Center’s historic ties to the original lodge built in the 1970s. Bring a lunch or snack if you wish; we will provide the hot cocoa and s’mores. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Jan. 20
Fireside Chat Lecture Series
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
Spend the evening by the fire listening to topics of interest to the scientist in all of us. This month’s topic is to be announced. Complimentary hot drinks and cookies provided by Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center. The event is free.

Jan. 24
Homemade Herbal Products
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Do you enjoy “potion-making,” and want to make your own natural products? In this workshop, naturalist Ute Olsson will discuss the properties of some common herbs in your kitchen as well as those found growing in Alaska. Learn how to make infusions and tinctures, get lots of recipes, and take home samples of homemade salves, lotions, soaps, syrups, and bitters/cordials. Cost is $25; all materials provided. Limited to six participants registered at 694-2108. Parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Jan. 30
Photographing the Aurora Borealis
7-9 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Nighttime photography in winter can be challenging, but also incredibly rewarding, especially when the northern lights are out. Colin Tyler Bogucki (www.colintyler.com) will teach participants how to properly expose the night sky using a digital SLR (not iPhone) camera, as well as how to stay informed on solar activity. Cost is $25 for the classroom workshop. If conditions permit, there will be an additional outdoor workshop for a $45 fee (attendees must provide their own camera gear, tripod, head lamp, and be prepared for hiking in cold weather). Classroom workshop is limited to 20 people; outdoor workshop is limited to 10 people. Register at 694-2108.

Jan. 31
The Good News About Climate Change
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
John Morris, retired park ranger and climate enthusiast, will give a brief overview of the science behind climate change, its impacts in Alaska, and some encouraging news about what’s being done about it. Participants are invited to join in the actions with ideas about how they too can respond to a changing climate. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

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