Yukon 1000, Yukon 360
WHEN: registration open; Yukon 1000 on July 20; Yukon 360 on Aug. 16.
WHERE: Yukon River
DETAILS: The 1,000-mile race is open to tandem canoes and kayaks, voyageur canoes and teams of two solo canoes or kayaks travelling together. The 360-kilometer race is open to tandem canoes, tandem kayaks and voyageur canoes. Registration for Yukon 1000 closes June 18; registration for Yukon 360 closes July 18.
COST: $212 per person for Yukon 1000; $82 per person for Yukon 360
CONTACT: yukon1000.com; 1-867-668-4630
16th Annual Winter King Salmon Tournament set
WHEN: March 21
WHERE: Kachemak Bay
DETAILS: The one-day tournament in Homer includes approximately $110,000 in cash and merchandise prizes. Information is available at www.homeralaska.org.
CONTACT: 1-907-235-7740; Sharon@homeralaska.org
Weekly Anchorage hikes
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday
WHERE: Monday at Chuck Albrecht Fields; Thursday at Upper Huffman trail head.
DETAILS: Alaska Outdoors weekly hikes. Monday hike an easier trail, suitable for kids. Thursday is a mountain trail.
CONTACT: 770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org
WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Dena'ina Convention Center
DETAILS: The Alaska Chapter Safari Club International is hosting the 33rd annual Hunting Expo that will display taxidermy featuring animals from around the globe.
CONTACT: www.aksafariclub.org; 980-9018
Junior Iditarod hands-on camp
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Aurora Dog Mushers Club House, Big Lake
DETAILS: Overnight camp for all junior Iditarod racers and teams. Ages 10-17.
COST: $35 per family
CONTACT: Larisa Myers-McCoin, 1-907-376-3943
Learn about the Aurora Borealis
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Eagle River Nature Center
DETAILS: A staff naturalist will teach the youngsters some fun facts and legends about the aurora. The program includes a walk to the classroom yurt to work on "Northern Lights" art.
COST: Free; $5 parking for nonmembers
Gummy Worm ski camp
WHEN: March 8, 9, 10; register by March 3
WHERE: Alyeska Ski Resort
DETAILS: For 4-year-old skiers that can ski independently on chairs three and seven. Class size is limited to three kids per instructor.
MEETINGS & CLASSES
"Becoming an Outdoors-Woman"
WHEN: March 13-15; register by today
WHERE: Victory Bible Camp, near Palmer
DETAILS: The program hosted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is designed to introduce people to hunting, fishing and other related activities with over 40 hands-on sessions.
COST: $250 for applications postmarked by Feb. 15; $275 after Feb. 15. Fee includes meals and lodging.
CONTACT: Kirk Lingofelt, 267-2534; Mail registration to ADF&G, att: Tracy Smith, Division of Sport Fish, 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, Alaska, 99518.
Online hunter education courses
DETAILS: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's "Hunter Information and Training Program" is now offering Online Hunter Education and Bowhunter Certification courses. When combined with a mandatory field day, students will earn an Alaskan certification that does not expire and is accepted in all states.
COST: $20 for the online Bowhunter Certification Course; $15 for the online Basic Hunter Education Course.
CONTACT: 267-2241; www.huntereducation.alaska.gov
Habits of woodpeckers
WHEN: 2 p.m. today
WHERE: Eagle River Nature Center
DETAILS: Volunteer Beth Baker will discuss the habits of woodpeckers during an indoor slideshow presentation about these amazing birds.
COST: Free program
Denali reservations available
WHERE: By phone, online, mail, fax
DETAILS: Reservations for shuttle buses and sites at Denali National Park's four largest campgrounds are available by phone, online, mail and fax. Phone reservations can be made by calling 1-800-622-7275 or 1-907-272-7275. Go online at www.reservedenali.com.
CONTACT: www.nps.gov/dena; 1-907-683-2294.
Fellowship application extended
WHEN: Deadline for applications is Friday. Selections are expected to be made soon after March 1.
DETAILS: The National Park Service and Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) have extended the application period for two research fellowships available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks. To download an application, go to www.nps.gov/dena/naturescience/discodena.htm.
CONTACT: Lucy Tyrrell, 1-907-683-6352 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilltop twofer Tuesdays
WHEN: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday in February
WHERE: Hilltop Ski Area
DETAILS: Celebrate Hilltop's 25th anniversary and buy one lift ticket and receive a second ticket of equal or lesser value free.
23rd annual Buckwheat Ski Classic
WHEN: Early registration ends March 15; race March 28, 2009
WHERE: South Klondike Highway, Skagway
DETAILS: Registration forms for the 50-, 25- and 10-kilometer races and 5-K kids race are available at skagwaynews.com/BSCskirace2009.html. Forms may be mailed to Buckwheat Ski Classic, P.O. Box 636, Skagway, AK, 99840.
CONTACT: 1-907-983-2854; email@example.com