Outdoor hotline 4/23/13

Changes in Denali Road lottery applications

This year the road lottery entry period will begin on May 1, a month earlier than in previous years. Entries may be made online at www.recreation.gov beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 1 until midnight, June 30, Alaska time.  Entries can also be done by phone at 877-444-6777, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.


Effective this year, the National Park Service will no longer accept checks or mail in entries for the road lottery.  This change is taking place to bring Denali’s procedures into alignment with national directives to decrease cash collecting and handling in the field. The non-refundable entry fee payment of $10 is charged to a credit or debit card during the online or phone application process. Winners will be charged the $25 Road Lottery Fee to the same card at the time of the drawing in July. The $25 fee will not be refunded if the Park Road does not open on the day of the permit due to weather or road conditions. 

Everyone who submitted an entry will be notified regarding their status via email or U.S. mail. Those who are drawn in the lottery will also receive an email or letter confirming the day of their permit. The names of individuals drawn for permits will be posted at www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/road-lottery.htm vy July 15. Lottery days to enter the park will be Sept. 13-16, weather permitting. Permits are transferable. Information on campgrounds and accommodations outside the park is available through the Denali Chamber of Commerce at www.denalichamber.com or 907- 683-4636. Lottery information is available at www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/road-lottery.htm or by calling park headquarters at 907- 683-9532.


Alaska Equine Therapy Association, 5:30 p.m., Hope Community Resources board room, 540 W. International Airport Road. All parents, prospective volunteers and those interested are welcome to attend.

Seed Starting for the Late Bloomer, 6-7:30 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. A beginner's approach to starting seeds indoors on your window sill. Starting mixes, easy to grow plants, care and hardening off seedlings will be covered. Participants will start a few vegetable or flower seeds to take home. Parents must accompany children. For ages 6 and older. $5. (343-4217, muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)


Knik Canoers and Kayakers, 7 p.m., Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. Dan Schubert will show slides of the 12-day river trip in Panama he did in February in an inflatable canoe exploring the rivers and northeast area of the country. Jennifer Warren and Jeremy Ryan will show slides of their 10-day rafting trip on the Karnali River in western Nepal. The Karnali headwaters begin on Mount Kailash in Tibet and flow south to become Nepal's longest and largest river. Free. (kck.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bear Valley; Ray E Stork Homestead Park. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)


Alaska Heart Run, 9 a.m., UAA, 3211 Providence Drive. The largest 5-K in Alaska unites serious and casual runners and walkers. Athletes of all abilities take stride during the 5-K competitive and non-competitive runs and the 3-K Heart Lite event. Whether you sprint, jog or walk, the goal is the same: a healthier heart for everyone. The Heart Run benefits the American Heart Association and its mission to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases. $5-$25. (865-5300, alaskaheartrun.com)


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

coming up

Wilderness First Responder, May 20-24 and May 28-31, Fox Run Lodge, 4466 S. Glenn Highway. Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. Take a Wilderness First Responder Course and get prepared. Call or go online to sign up. $625. (376-2898, naoiak.org)


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