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Outdoors

Mary Catharine Martin | Capital City Weekly
William and Henry Olmstead play with the cup William uses to explore a nearby stream as Vadim Zimmerman looks on. The three all attend Jennifer Walker's Forest Song Nature School.

Kinders of the woods

On a recent morning in the Twin Lakes area, a group of kids climbed a root wad, pretending it was an engine. They walked under devil's club and through ferns, looking for blueberries. They dug in a creek to see what treasures they could find.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

A Whale of a Tangle

What happens to whales seen entangled in gear?
MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Dirt Girl: Harvest events signal end of the season

The light is changing, the wetland grasses are turning yellow and with that comes the end of the summer season activities for gardeners.
CORINNE CONLON

On the Trails: Learning to see the natural world more deeply

"… the question is not what you look at - but how you look and whether you see." (Thoreau, 1851) In my weekly essays I commonly report small natural history observations noted during a walk in the forest or meadows.
Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: A float down the Tanana River

This is not Henry Allen's Tanana River. Nor is it the Trail River of people living here thousands of years before the nineteenth-century government explorer struggled his way down the Tanana. But it seems close.
NED ROZELL

Further investigation planned in whale deaths in Alaska

JUNEAU - A federal agency has announced plans for a more intense investigation into what caused the deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska since May.

What's in Bloom: Lauren's Grape

Papaver somniferum, or "Lauren's Grape," is a delightful form of bread seed poppy that was painstakingly selected over the course of several years by noted Colorado horticulturist and lecturer Lauren Springer.
MERRILL JENSEN

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Alaska Trails Program to hold teleconferences to assist grant applicants

New or experienced applicants for the Recreational Trails Program grant program are invited to join two teleconferences on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Tuesday Oct. 6. Both teleconferences will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2015 Alaska State Fair Farm Family goes to Little Pitchfork

PALMER - The Pettit Family of Little Pitchfork Ranch has been selected by the Alaska agriculture community as the 2015 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year. The Pettit family will be honored at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, Aug....

Mendenhall Prospectus open house to be held tonight

Tourism businesses submitting proposals to provide commercial recreation services at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, or MGRA, are invited to attend an open house meeting from 5-8 p.m., Aug.

Public Hearing to be held on federal wolf hunting, trapping season closure

The Federal Subsistence Board has received a request, according to a press release, to close the 2015-16 Federal hunting and trapping seasons for wolves in Unit 2, which encompasses Prince of Wales Island.

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