Winter hours begin at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Winter hours have begun at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, which will now be open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through Sunday.

Summer hours ended on Wednesday, according to a release from the center.

Winter visitors can explore the exhibits, view the new 15-minute movie and glimpse the wildlife and terrain through high-power spotting scopes.

The Alaska Geographic bookstore, located inside the visitor center, is now closed for the winter. The last day to purchase items was Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Black bears are still foraging in the Steep Creek and visitor center area so people are reminded to be alert for bears, keep dogs on leashes and not carry food or beverages, except water, outside. Bears are likely to be denning by November, but may be active well into winter.

Forest Explorers, the center’s kids’ activity corner, will start up again in October. Families are reminded to plan for Halloween fun at the glacier on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The free and historically popular Friday night Fireside Lecture programs will resume in January with cultural and natural history presentations on various topics.

For more information, call 789-0097.


Buckwheat Classic registration opens

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross-country ski race will be held on March 25 on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway and include 50K, 25K and 10K classic races as well as a 5K kids race.

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Unit 4 fur season to end

The season for marten, mink, weasel and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands) ended Wednesday. Beaver season remains open through April 30.

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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

Geologist Jim Baichtal will discuss revising old theories regarding how life adapted to Southeast Alaska’s ancient ice sheets during today’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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