The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a new series of courses aimed at getting families outside. Dubbed Alaskans Afield, these summer classes are a way to provide fun, safe, hands-on learning of outdoor skills. Courses kick off in June and run throughout the summer.
Classes are designed for both youth and adults. Participants may attend one or all classes that will be offered. The cost is $20 per adults and free for those under 18 years old with a paying adult. Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required due to limited space.
The classes are as follows:
Outdoor cooking and Dutch Ovens, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 28. Participants will learn different wants to cook outdoors, including preparation of main dishes and desserts using a dutch oven. Making meals over an open fire and one-pot wonders using camp stoves will also be taught. Meet at the Auke Recreation shelter marked with a sign.
Outdoor Survival, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 12. Participants will learn how to be comfortable and confident when venturing out in the Southeast wilderness by learning what to put in a survival kit and how to use it. Survival skills such as making shelter, a fire, keeping safe if lost, signaling for help and how to keep the right attitude in a survival situation will also be observed. Meet at the bridge parking lot on Basin Road.
GPS and Geocaching Adventure, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 26. Participants of all ages can enjoy the modern-day treasure hunt of geocaching. While finding geocaches and exploring the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, participants will learn how to use a GPS unit and how it can be useful for other outdoor adventures. Meet at the Fish Creek parking area.
Fly Fishing 101, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 2. Learn the basics of fly fishing such as casting, selecting flies, knots, gear, hooking, reeling in and landing fish from Montana Creek. Participants should wear waterproof boots and appropriate outdoor clothes; all other materials will be supplied. A sport fishing license is required and can be purchased online at www.adfg.alaska.gov. Meet at the ADF&G shooting range parking area.
Introduction to Shooting Sports, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 6. Participants will have hands-on training on basic gun handling, safety and shooting techniques using airguns. The class is designed to promote the sage and ethical use of firearms. All firearms, eye and ear protection will be provided. Class will be held at ADF&G shooting range.
To register or for more information, contact Kristen Romanoff at Alaska Department of Fish & Game by phone at 465-8547 or email Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are also available at www.adfg.alaska.gov.