June Calendar

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June 4
GPS Navigation Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Join us to learn basics of handheld GPS navigation. Learn how to pinpoint your location, mark waypoints and navigate to distant points. If you own a GPS unit, please bring it to class. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Register at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 5
Kayaking and Camping in Prince William Sound
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Learn how you can prepare for a kayaking and camping trip in beautiful Prince William Sound at this presentation by Paul Twardock of Alaska Pacific University. Register for the free program at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 5-8
Fourth annual Yakutat Tern Festival
Beginning 10 a.m. daily, (walks at 7 a.m.) Yakutat
Alaska’s newest birding festival promises to entertain and educate. Biologist Heather Renner will be the keynote speaker at this birding event, which includes walks, a photo contest, art exhibits, workshops and more. www.yakutatternfestival.org

June 7
National Trails Day with Singletrack Advocates
8:30 a.m.-noon, Kincaid Park and Hillside Park
Join Singletrack Advocates as it puts the finishing touches on new mountain biking trails at Kincaid Park as well as trails in Hillside Park. Choose your location. For details, go to www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 7
National Trails Day event
8:30 a.m.-noon, Campbell Creek Science Center
Join volunteers at Campbell Creek Science Center as it works on projects in and around the center. This popular annual event includes snacks and social time. Bring gloves, eye protection and water. For details, go to www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 8
Crow Pass and River Crossing 101
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Thinking of hiking Crow Pass Trail but not sure what to expect?  Join Laura Kruger and Pete Panarese for a local eye’s view on hiking the trail. Learn about typical trail conditions, fording Eagle River, what gear to bring along, and many other useful tips for hiking the trail. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

June 10
Kayaking Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Kayaking is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities. REI staff will cover equipment, apparel, trip planning and transportation for all levels of paddlers. Register for the free program at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 12
Bear and Moose Aware
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Learn about living and recreating responsibly and how to stay safe in bear and moose country. Register for the free program at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 15
Guided Father’s Day Hike and Cookout
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join volunteer Ben Schneider for a 3-mile round-trip hike on the Albert Loop with a cookout on the gravel bar by the Eagle River. Bring water and a snack to share, and we’ll provide hot dogs, buns, picnic supplies and marshmallows. Limited to the first 12 participants (all ages) who register at 694-2108. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

June 17
Outdoor Photography Basics: Point and Shoot
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Find out the basics you need to know about the functions of your camera. The program will cover exposure settings, composition, file size and type. $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Register at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 18
Bike Maintenance Basics for Women
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class for women designed to help you take care of your bike. Register for this free class at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 18
Dew Mound Guided Hike
6-9 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join volunteer Beth Baker for a 4-5 mile round-trip hike on the Dew Mound Trail. Bring pack with water, snack and wind/raingear. Limited to the first 12 people (ages 18 and older) who register at 694-2108. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

June 19
Camp Cooking Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Do you want to make easy and fun meals at camp but feel unsure how to cook them? REI can help you learn how to set up your kitchen and create easy and fun meals for the family. Register for this free class at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 21
Live Eagle Release
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Watch a rehabilitated eagle fly away. A volunteer from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center will give an introductory presentation with an education eagle at the viewing deck. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

June 22
Wildflowers with Verna Pratt
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Wildflower expert Verna Pratt will show you what’s blooming at this time of the year. Pratt is the author of “Alaskan Wildflowers” and founder of the Alaska Native Plant Society (www.aknps.org). The event is limited to the first 20 people who register at 694-2108. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

June 24
Refresh Your Run
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
So, you want to be a runner? Whether you are just starting or are getting back on track, this class will help you get in the groove and provide training and technique insights to get you back in shape and/or prepare for your upcoming 5-10K or more. Register for this free class at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 26
Bear Cam Season 2: Anchorage Urban Bears
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists tracked Anchorage bears and gathered location data, video and sound from the bear’s perspective. Come hear about this fascinating two-year study. Register for this free program at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

June 29
Moose and Chokecherries
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Invasive Plants instructor Gino Graziano of the Cooperative Extension Service, together with Anchorage area schools, and volunteers have observed the damage that winter foraging moose do to trees and shrubs in areas with a high abundance and low abundance of chokecherry (aka European bird cherry, May Day tree, and Canada red). Come learn about what moose eat in the winter, the damage that moose do to trees, and how biologists assess the impact moose have to trees. Finally, we will discuss how the invasion of chokecherry trees is changing the way moose damage the trees and shrubs they prefer to eat. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

July 2
Map and Compass Navigation Basics Class
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Come learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. In this in-store class you’ll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Register at www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html/.

July 4-5
Girdwood Forest Fair
11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Girdwood
The annual Forest Fair is a great way to spend the holiday weekend and includes hand-crafted items such as pottery, woodwork, paintings, food, entertainment and more. Explore the works of local artisans while wandering through the large Sitka spruce forest. Admission is free.

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