SPECIAL EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS
National Park Service Hosting Catch a Parkie-Pine 5K Fun Run and Centennial Birthday Party in August
The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting a family-friendly “Catch a Parkie-Pine” 5K fun run on Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 am as part of the celebration of this year’s NPS Centennial. Participants of all ages are invited to run, walk, or jog their way along the trails of the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area (off South Cushman Street), and earn a prize by capturing a flag from a runner dressed as a “parkie-pine.”
You don’t have to be in the fun run to attend the free NPS 100th birthday celebration, which is open to all and begins at 11:30 am at the finish line. There will be games, hands-on activities provided by the NPS and community organizations, and, of course, birthday cake. The National Park Service will also be issuing the “Every Kid in a Park Pass” to 4th graders, which provides free entrance for them and their family to National Parks for one year. Denali is the only national park in Alaska that charges an entrance fee.
Catch A Parkie-Pine fun run registration is available at www.npsfamily5K.wordpress.com. Call 907-459-3730 for additional information or visit the Facebook Event Page.
All proceeds from the race will benefit Pierce Park, a borough park planned for development.
Contact: Adia Cotter, email@example.com, 907-459-3732
National Park Service Offers Program for Families New to Camping
Get Outside and Get Healthy!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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.
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 everykidinapark.gov
and bring your voucher for a free pass!