Tuesday 4-H Outdoors Skills program begins again

All families with youth from kindergarten through 12th grade who want to learn and share about the great outdoors, are encouraged to join the fun with the Juneau 4-H Outdoor Skills Family Club.

The group meets Tuesdays, which is a change this year, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Gruening Park Recreation Center. Organized activities include geocaching, which incorporates GPS navigation skills, basic outdoor skill instruction, looking for animal signs and more — all of it outside.

All experience levels are welcome, and families are wholeheartedly encouraged to attend. Even older youth are encouraged to join the group to become leaders or mentors for younger participants.

The next event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5 and is titled “Geocaching.” Teams will work together to learn and explore the basics of GPS navigation while completing a family-friendly scavenger hunt. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, basic outdoor skills will be taught, including fire-building and cooking in camp, complete with hot cocoa by a fire.

For more information or to register, contact Darren Snyder by phone, 796-6281, or by email at dgsnyder@alaska.edu. Or contact Tennie Bentz, by phone 465-4292, or by email tennie.bentz@alaska.gov.


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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