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National Park Service Premiers New Film on Historical Gold Mining in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
The National Park Service is hosting a free screening of its newest park film, “Gravel to Gold: The Coal Creek Story” on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks.

The 28-minute film takes viewers on a historical journey to sites that are now within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The discovery of gold around the turn of the 20th century in the drainages feeding the legendary Yukon River changed the landscape, people and culture of the area forever. The film highlights some of the challenges these hardy miners faced, as prior to the arrival of dredges they worked the land with hand tools and sluice boxes, and used small steam boilers to thaw the permanently frozen ground.

Free copies of park historian Chris Allan’s book “Gold, Steel and Ice: A History of Mining Machines in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve” will be available.

Contact: Adia Cotter,, 907-459-3732


National Park Service Offers Program for Families New to Camping
Have you ever been tent camping with your children? If not, learn to C.A.M.P. (Camping Adventures with My Parents) with National Park Service rangers this summer! The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is offering a weekend family camping program in Denali National Park and Preserve taking place Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7.

National Park Rangers will facilitate these fun, educational programs designed to provide families who have not gone camping before with the basic skills and knowledge to camp safely and responsibly in Alaska.

Participants will get plenty of hands-on experience working together on campsite set-up, cooking, wildlife safety preparedness, and more while immersed in the wonders of one of this state’s wild and spectacular national parks! Participants (approximately 20 people) will camp with park rangers in a group campsite at the Savage River Campground, located at approximately Mile 13 on the Denali Park Road.

The Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center will provide camping gear for participant use during the weekend and Alaska Geographic will provide meals and snacks from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Families are responsible for driving themselves to and from Denali and for paying the $10.00 per person (age 16 years and older) park entrance fee.

For more information or to apply, contact Maria Berger, Lead Education Specialist with the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center at 459-3731 or Space is limited, so respond by July 29 to reserve your slot in this low cost, high value outdoor learning weekend!

First Friday at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center Please join us for the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for light refreshments and temporary exhibits that feature the talent of local artists. Artwork may be displayed throughout the remainder of the month.

Get Outside and Get Healthy!
Stay active, stay healthy... and stay happy!

Parks for Kids
Hey 4th graders! Explore America's national public lands (for free!). Visit the "Get Your Pass" section of and bring your voucher for a free pass!


Shown 7 days a week in our 100-seat theater

Now through May 21:

9am: Heartbeats of Denali [30mins]
Noon: Aurora: Rivers of Light in the Sky [40mins]
2pm: Winter Patrol: Denali by Dogsled [30mins]
4pm: Aurora: Rivers of Light in the Sky [40mins]

Beginning May 22:

9am: Heartbeats of Denali [30 mins]
10am: Arctic Visions & Voices [40 mins]
11am: Aurora: Rivers of Light in the Sky [40 mins]
6pm: Aurora: Rivers of Light in the Sky [40 mins]
7pm: Gates of the Arctic [60 mins]

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Two sockeye salmon ready for spawning. The fish have red bodies with green heads and tails. The background shows a rocky stream bed. Did You Know?
Alaska has the longest salmon run in the world. The salmon swim 2,000 miles up the Yukon River every year.