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Denali Park Field Seminars registration: Multiday seminars led by expert instructors include topics in wildlife, botany, geology, painting and more. Courses based out of the Murie Science and Learning Center field camp located along the Teklanika River. $330-$440; lodging, meals and instruction included. For more information or to register, visit or call 907-683-1269.


Downtown Soup Kitchen's Slam'n Salm'n Derby, 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Ship Creek Avenue and North C Street. Pick up your free derby ticket at the event headquarters, then drop your line in between now and June 17. More than $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Suggested donation $20. (

Parent and Me Walks, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Moms, dads and children are invited to learn the trail systems in Kincaid Park. Meet other parents and children who have similar interests. Trail strollers and backpacks are welcome. For all ages. $5 per family. (343-4217, 343-6397,

Dog Mushing 101, 2 p.m., Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. 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, dog-mushing-101.cfm)

Moose & Musk Ox Calf feeding, noon and 4 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mile 79 Seward Highway. Staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have, but be warned, this event happens fast, these are hungry little guys! Free, regular admission applies. (783-2025,

Archery Fun League, 6 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning target archery and meeting other shooters. $5;, ages 12 and under free. (

Kripalu Yoga for Outdoor Adventurers, 6-7:15 p.m., Fairview Recreation Center, 1121 E. 10th Ave. For beginning to intermediate levels of practice, this meditative style of yoga, which includes classic postures, breathing techniques, mediation and relaxation, is great for hikers, bikers, runners and paddlers. Bring two blankets and wear comfortable clothing. For ages 15 years and older. $57 for five weeks or $14 per class. (343-4247,


Alaska Dirt Divas weekly women's ride, 7 p.m., Campbell Airstrip Trailhead, Campbell Airstrip Road. Ride includes some wide trails and the singletrack on the Hillside. Ride level is intermediate to advanced. Bring a mountain bike, a helmet and a teacup for post-ride refreshments. Meet at the parking lot on the east side by the hockey rink. Free; membership is $35 annually. (Alaskadirtdivas.


Hope Golf Classic, 9 a.m., Palmer Golf Course, 1000 E. Lepak Ave. A 4-person scramble with a shotgun start. The proceeds from the tournament will help fund Hope's Emergency Needs Fund and the Family Matters Program. Food and prizes for everyone. $125 for a single player, $500 for a team. (433-4913,

Moms, Pops, and Tots, 10 a.m.-noon, BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Spend time with playing outside and exploring the natural world with your infant or toddler and network with other parents. Learn about outdoor gear and leave with useful handouts. Free. (267-1245,


Sand Castle Beach Party, 1-3 p.m., Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. Get out in the sun and get crazy with volleyball, frisbee, super soakers, and a sand castle building contest. Enjoy beach-themed music and prize giveaways. Bring a beach towel, sunscreen and picnic lunch for a day of family fun and summer entertainment. Free. (343-4247,

Wilderness First Aid/WFR recert, 6-9 p.m., APU's Spring Creek Farm, N. Lossing Road. Learn Wilderness first aid skills and get CPR certified. The CPR component will be Friday from 6-9pm. The wilderness first aid portion will be held Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for details. (376-2898,

Alaska Wild Plants, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hatcher Pass, Palmer Fishook Road/Gold Mint Trail. Instructor Shelley Plumb will share her knowledge and skills on the medicinal, dangerous and edible properties of plants on a guided walk. $5 parking fee. (


Northwest Run/Walk Epilepsy 2012, 9 a.m.-noon, Westchester Logoon, 1824 W. 15th Ave. In recognition of Father's Day weekend, Stone Soup Group will honor Dad's and their families. Teams who register in honor of "Dad" will be eligible to win a prize. Others prizes include teams that raise the most money, most team members, most original costumes, and more. $25. (561-3701,

Why Not Tri Triathlon, 9 a.m., 701 E. Bogard Road. Adult race begins at 9 a.m. Distances are 400-meter swim, 9.25-mile bike, and 3-mile run. Relay option available. Kids' race, ages 6-12, begins at 3 p.m. Participants may choose between a short course or long course. Registration and race details online. (

Anchorage Weed Smackdown, 10 a.m. -1 p.m., Valley of the Moon Park, 610 W. 17th Ave. Help smack down invasive European Bird Cherry at this family-friendly event. There are prizes and free lunch for all participants. Pre-register online. (

Alaska 4x4 Meet and Greet, 10 a.m. -10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, 3800 W. Museum Drive. This is a family oriented event for off-highway spectators and enthusiasts in Alaska. The event features entertainment for all ages including an obstacle course with mud bog, dirt pit, log jam and gravel crawl, articulation ramp competition, food, games, kid crafts, bounce house, overnight camping and prizes. $15 or $40/family. (354-5016,

Archery 101, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Free classes open to all ages. All equipment supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call to register. (240-6533)

15th Annual Garden Fair & Garden Art Show/Sale, 11 a.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road.

Live Eagle Release, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Watch a rehabilitated eagle fly away. A Bird Treatment and Learning Center volunteer will give an introductory presentation at the viewing deck. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (694-2108,


Ask A Naturalist, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Stop by and chat with a naturalist stationed at the large viewing deck half-mile walk on the Rodak Trail and get answers to your questions about Alaska animals, plants, and more. Telescope and binoculars available for viewing. Free; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108,


The Great Alaska Horse Expo, 9 a.m. June 22, Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds, Mile 135 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. The event will feature national and local equine clinicians lined up to entertain and educate the audience and educational seminars. All are welcome. (

Mayor's Marathon & Half Marathon, 8 a.m. June 23, Bartlett High School, 1101 Muldoon Road. Runners from all over the world convene in Anchorage for the marathon, half marathon, five-miler, relay and youth events. A Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and Neurofibromatosis team event, the Mayor's Marathon empowers novice runners to participate in marathons while raising vital funds for lifesaving research. (786-1325,

Hatcher Pass Marathon & Relay, 8 a.m. July 7, Fishhook-Willow Road. The Willow Running Club will host the race, starting at Shirley Towne Road near mile 43.25 of Willow Fishhook Road and finishing near Independence Mine State Park. Register online for the full marathon or a 3-person relay. Registration on race day is also available. Full marathon: $ 40 online, $50 on race day. Relay teams: $ 120 online, $ 160 race day. (495-2205,

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