Outdoor hotline 6/10/13

June 10, 2013 

TUESDAY

Guided Natural History Tour, 8 a.m., Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, 708 Smoky Bay Way. Take a boat ride across Kachemak Bay with opportunities to view marine birds and a seabird colony. Once onshore, you will be guided by expert naturalists on a developed trail system to experience the richness exposed by Kachemak Bay's extreme tidal changes first hand and a coastal forest ecosystem on the edge of the wilderness. Visit a bog, learn the names and lore of coastal plants, see what prehistoric people have left behind, and have hands-on experiences with the many types of animals. $90 -$140. See the website for a calendar and to book your tour. (www.akcoastalstudies.org/guided-tours.html)

Captain Cook Walking Tour, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Join National Park Rangers as they tell the stories of early explorers who came Alaska. As you walk the streets of downtown Anchorage, you will learn about the lives of early Alaska Natives, discuss symbols used in totem poles, touch a sea otter pelt, and visit the Captain Cook statue at Resolution Park. This is an easy walk with several stops suitable for all visitors. The tour is given twice daily during the summer season, rain or shine. Umbrellas are provided. For more information, visit alaskacenters.gov. (644-3661)

Creatures of the Dock Tour, 1 and 4 p.m., Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, 708 Smoky Bay Way. Take a tour of the intertidal life right under your feet at Homer Harbor docks. Based out of the CACS Yurt on the Spit, a trained naturalist will guide you through an exploration of invertebrate life. Tours leave from the yurt on Homer Spit at the entrance to Ramp 2, Homer Harbor. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. Call to book the tour. $5. (235-6667)

Dog Mushing 101, 2 p.m., Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Experience an Alaskan tradition first-hand. Meet an Alaskan husky, stand on the runners of a dog sled, meet a real musher and more. Join Erin McLarnon and her sled dog for this demonstration in the visitors center. Free. (644-3661, www.alaskacenters.gov/dog-mushing-101.cfm)

Potter Marsh Bird Walk, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Potter Marsh, E. 154th Ave. A guided walk on the boardwalk to learn about the area's wildlife. This family-friendly event is for the beginning birder as well as those that know their way around a bird's wing. Binoculars, spotting scopes and guide books are available for loan. Meet your guide at the boardwalk entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh. Sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Audubon Alaska. Kids encouraged, wheelchair accessible. Free. (267-2281, www.refuges.adfg.alaska.gov)

wednesday

Women's Summer-of-Fun Swing Clinics, 5:30-8:15 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. LPGA Professional, Peggy Gustafson, will systematically introduce and reinforce fundamental techniques and assist each individual to fine-tune a specific part of her game. $25, pre-purchase 5 clinics for $100. (www.anchoragegolfcourse.com/clinics)

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Weekly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. Off the Chain is a 100% volunteer-run organization. (www.offthechainak.org)

Alaska Dirt Divas weekly women's mountain bike ride, 7 p.m., Service High School, 5577 Abbott Road. Moderate to difficult, with steep uphills and descents; roots and other obstacles on the trail; Lots of singletrack; cardio challenge: strenuous to moderate. Bring mountain bike, a helmet and a teacup for post ride refreshments. Free, $30 a year if you decide to join. (Alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Thursday

Alaska Zoo Live Animal Visit, 2 p.m., Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Want an up close and personal encounter with a porcupine? How about a moose, dall sheep or a fox? Then join a weekly live animal presentation. (644-3661, alaskacenters.gov)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Glen Alps Trailhead, Glen Alps Road. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)

Learn Your Local Plants, 6:30 p.m., Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, 708 Smoky Bay Way. A special guided hike provided weekly, through August. Free.

FRIDAY

MSSCA's Annual Golf Tournament, 7 a.m., Fishhook Golf Course, 2 N. Palmer-Fishhook Road. The fundraiser is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. Fees include greens fee, golf cart, goodie bag, door prizes, small bucket of balls, 9-hole golf pass and a barbecue after the tournament. $55 by June 6, $60 after. (352-1200 or email mssca@mssca.org, mssca.org)

Senior Golf Clinics, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. For anyone 55 and older who would love to improve their game. Taught by Class A LPGA Professional, Peggy Gustafson. Pre-register in the Pro Shop, $25, 5 sessions for $100). (522-3363, www.anchoragegolfcourse.com)

SATURDAY

The Color Run, 9 a.m.-noon June 15, Sullivan Arena, 1600 Gambell St. The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Color runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or experienced athlete, the 3 miles of The Color Run will be the most colorful run of your life. This year's inaugural run benefits Boys and Girls Club of Alaska. $45-$50.(1-855-662-6567), thecolorrun.com/anchorage)

Guided Hikes, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, 708 Smoky Bay Way. Join an experienced naturalist on a guided hike to view wildflowers and learn about the transitional boreal forest and traditional uses of plants found at the center. Check in at the Daisy Lee Bitter Cabin. Hikes are from 1.5 to 2 hours long. $5-$7, $20 family.

Trail of Blue Ice Walk, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Begich, Boggs Visitor center, Portage Highway. The Anchorage Volkssports Club is sponsoring a 10K walk. The route is on a smooth surface of compacted gravel, wood decking or pavement and winds through glacial valleys and along rivers and creeks. Free. (248-9252)

Archery 101, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Free archery instruction for youth and adults. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All equipment is supplied. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533; www.northwestarchers.com)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bartlett High School Trail, Bartlett Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)

coming up

Exploring Denali: Talk and Slide Show, 6 p.m. June 18, REI, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage author and nature writer Bill Sherwonit will present "The Many Ways to Explore Denali National and State Parks." The event is based on his new book "Denali National Park: The Complete Visitors Guide to the Mountain, Wildlife, and Year-Round Outdoor Activities," published by The Mountaineers Books. Free, books available for purchase. (272-4565, www.rei.com/event/51245/session/72331)

Alaska Dogs Gone Wild Summer Solstice Flyball Tourneys, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19, 20, 22, 23, Alaska State Fairgrounds Purple Gate, 2075 S. Glenn Highway. Flyball is a fast-paced sport with teams of four dogs competing in head-to-head relay races. Dogs of a variety of sizes and types will compete. Free. ( www.flyballdogs.com/alaska/)

Basic Wilderness First Aid, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22, NAOI Headquarters, 281 N. Main St., Suite 101B. An introductory course for those wanting to know how to treat minor injuries in the remote setting. $125. Certification is through ASHI. Register online or call. $125. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Bean's Cafe 18th Annual Jim Crockett Memorial Golf Classic, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27, Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. A golf fundraiser to support the feeding of those in need in Anchorage. $225 per person, $900 per team. (433-8620, beanscafe.org/Bean's Cafe 2013 Golf Classic)

Hatcher Pass Marathon and Relay, 9 a.m. July 6, Mile 43.25, Willow Fishhook Road. Runners may register online for full marathon or three person relay via www.ultrasignup.com or register on race day. $40 online or $60 on race day. Teams pay $120 online or $160 on race day. (www.willowraceseries.com)

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