March Calendar

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March 1
Polar Bears: White on White
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Professional photographer Roy Corral will discuss the challenges and processes of photographing polar bears based on his recent expedition to Hudson Bay, Canada. The presentation will also cover the natural history of polar bears and the implications of climate change on their populations throughout the circumpolar north. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 3
Avalanche Awareness & Avalanche Season
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Avalanche season is back; see what the winter has brought so far and learn how to be safe in avalanche zones. The event is free; registration is at rei.com.

March 5
The Kachemak Bay Water Trail
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
During this presentation members of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Committee will provide maps and make suggestions on how to plan a single or multi-day paddling trip to Kachemak Bay. The event is free; registration is at rei.com.

March 6
Astronomy Series: THE ARCTIC SKY
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Beth Baker will discuss Inuit astronomy, star lore and legend. The Astronomy series meets monthly on the first Friday evening. An astronomer presents a special topic and answers your questions. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside to view the night sky. You may bring your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by the astronomers. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 7
Evening owl walk and talk
6:30-9 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Aaron Bowman of the Anchorage Audubon Society will present an informative slide show about Alaska owls, followed by a 2- to 3-mile walk. Please dress in outdoor clothes that are not too “noisy.” Use of flashlight will be limited to preserve night vision. The event is not intended for children, and the guided walk is limited to the first 20 people registered at 694-2108. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 8
Water: We Depend on It
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker shares perspectives on the importance of water: We depend on it, but how much do we really know? How does it get to your faucet and where does it go when you flush the toilet? We all live in watersheds and many of us near wetlands – Alaska is, in fact, the wettest state. Come and learn about this vital resource and what you can do to keep it healthy. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 10
Yoga for Outdoor Fitness
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Would you like to become a better climber, paddler, backpacker, skier, snowboarder it starts from within. Join our Yoga instructor to learn the Yoga basics and develop your balance, endurance and strength (inner and physical). The event is free; registration is at rei.com.

March 11
Winter Camping Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
You like to camp, but have only tried it in the spring, summer & fall? Learn how to plan, stay warm, select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. The event is free; registration is at rei.com.

March 12
India: Through the Lens
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Join us for a unique opportunity to view stunning photographs and hear tales of adventure along with the challenges of traveling through India. The event is free; registration is at rei.com.

March 13
Little Explorers: Guided Walk for Families With Preschoolers
11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join us for a short walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Bring a snack or sack lunch to eat with new friends after the walk. No registration is needed. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 14
Introduction to Snowshoeing
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Kincaid Park
On this field outing, you’ll learn snowshoeing techniques, proper use of equipment and how to make every trip a success. The cost is $70 for REI members; $90 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

March 15
Monitoring Anchorage Creeks
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Cherie Northon, director of Anchorage Waterways Council, will discuss the health of creeks in the Anchorage Bowl. The mission of AWC is to promote the prevention of further environmental degradation, as well as the protection, restoration and enhancement of waterways, wetlands and associated uplands within the Municipality of Anchorage. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 18
Getting to Know Your GoPro
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Looking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life’s most exciting moments? Join our GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. We will focus on the camera’s user interface, video capture, image settings, and accessories. The event is free; register at rei.com.

March 21
Live Great Horned Owl
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Volunteer Ginamaria Smith presents Archimedes, an education owl in her care, and shares information about what makes owls unique. Cameras are encouraged. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 21
Armchair Travel Series: Cambodia and Malaysia
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Laura Kruger and Sean Wagner talk about their recent adventures. Come enjoy some Teh Tarik (Malaysian pulled tea) and be whisked away to Southeast Asia. Sit back and relax by the wood stove while vicariously visiting faraway lands. If you are interested in presenting, contact naturalist@ernc.org. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 21
Introduction to Backcountry Skills
10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Kincaid Park
Getting ready to head into the wilderness for the first time and not sure what you need to know? During this outing we will discuss planning, equipment, and fundamental backcountry skills. The event is $60 for REI members; $80 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

March 22
Craft Program: Traditional Easter Egg Decorating
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Brightly colored Easter eggs bring cheer in spring. Asta Spurgis and Laura Kruger share the ancient custom of decorating Easter eggs. Learn techniques for using melted beeswax to create unique designs. All materials provided except for hard-boiled eggs: Bring 2-4 per person. Limited to 15 people (ages 13 and older) registered at 694-2108. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 24
Bike Maintenance Basics
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 designed to help you take care of your bike. The event is free; register at rei.com.

March 26
SKAN 24 Bib Pickup
Noon-7 p.m., REI, Anchorage
SKAN 24 Bib Pick-Up will be held in the REI Event Room. See www.anchoragenordicski.com/skan24.htm for more information on the race itself.

March 27
Little Explorers: Guided Walk for Families With Preschoolers
11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join us for a short walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Bring a snack or sack lunch to eat with new friends after the walk. No registration is needed. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 27-28
Special Workshop: Winter Landscape Photography
6:30-8:30 p.m., March 27 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 28
Looking to get more out of your digital camera? Enjoy taking pictures and want to be sure you know how to “get the shot”? This special in-depth workshop is designed to help the intermediate photographer learn how to get the most out of a digital camera. Jeff Schultz, official photographer of the Iditarod (www.schultzphoto.com), will share his photography expertise. Jeff teaches simple yet powerful lessons that will take your photography to the next level. The cost for lecture only: $40 (limited to 40 people). Cost for both days: $135 (limited to 10 people) Register and pay at 694-2108. Parking is an additional $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 28
All-Ages Program: Woodpeckers
2-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Do you hear woodpeckers drumming? Learn more about these noisy birds and join us on a 1-2 mile walk to look and listen. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 28-29
Fifth annual SKAN 24
10 a.m.-10 a.m., Kinciad Park
The Ski Kincaid All Night 24 is a lap-format ski race. Choose from solo, duo, quad relay or even eight-person team. Ski for 24 hours and see how far you can push yourself. There also are 12-hour and six-hour race distances for younger skiers. See details at anchoragenordicski.com. Raffle prizes, food and springtime skiing with music to keep you motivated.

March 29
Hot on the trail of animal tracks
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Crime scene tracking specialists Jim Wolfe and Chris Beheim (both retired from the Alaska State Crime Lab) present techniques used for preserving tracks outdoors, including in snow. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonomembers. (ernc.org)

March 31
Alaska Backpacking Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
REI will take the mystery out of Alaska Backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Along with local information, learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. The event is free; register at rei.com.

April 2
Geocaching Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Discover the fun of geocaching! Learn strategies for finding a cache as well as how to hide one yourself. This is a great activity for families. The event is free; register at rei.com.

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