Today is Smokey the Bear's 65th birthday, and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center helped celebrate it by inviting Smokey to its weekly Forest Explorer Program on Saturday at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center pavilion.
For children 4 to 6 years old, the program explores the wonders of nature with a Forest Service naturalist every week.
For more about Smokey and fire safety, visit www.smokeybear.com. For information about the Forest Explorer Program, call 789-0097.
Karen Maher, center, Forest Service education specialist for the Juneau district, teaches kids how to put out a fire by dumping water on it, smothering it with sand and then stirring it.
Shelly Renner, Forest Service volunteer, talks about fire safety.
Karen Maher, Forest Service education specialist for the Juneau district, teaches kids how an adult can test if a fire is out by using the back of their hand.
Kids wait under a bench to suprise Smokey the Bear on Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center pavilion.
Smokey makes his grand entrance with Forest Service naturalist Elayne Boycem right, on Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center pavilion.
Smokey gives kids a bear hug.