Outdoor hotline 6/18/13


Guided Natural History Tour, 8 a.m., Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, 708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer. 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)

Guided Hikes, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, 708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer. 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 Wcenter. $5-$20.

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, Homer. 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)

Exploring Denali: Talk and Slide Show, 6 p.m., 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)

Kripalu Yoga for Outdoor Adventurers, 6-7:15 p.m., Fairview Recreation Center, 1121 E. 10th Ave. Hikers, bikers, runners, and paddlers, come breathe and relax. Kripalu Yoga, for beginning to intermediate levels of practice, is a meditative style of yoga which includes classical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. For ages 15 and older. $57. (343-4495, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/KripaluYoga.aspx)

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)

3 Night Short Game SCORing Boot Camps, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. Class A LPGA Professional, Peggy Gustafson will cover Pitching, Chipping and Putting. Nights 2 & 3 will include on course training for 1 hour each. All participants will receive a video recap and video drills. Wedge fitting for correct lofts and putter fitting will also be addressed. Camps are limited to 8 people per session. $150. (522-3363, www.anchoragegolfcourse.com)


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

SSG Summer Play Day, noon-2 p.m., Wonderland Park, W. Nelson Ave. Play Day is an opportunity to socialize with other families of children with special needs. Bring your lunch and favorite toys. Sand, snacks, extra toys and wet wipes provided. Free. (561-3701, www.stonesoupgroup.org)

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., Kincaid Park Raspberry Parking lot, Raspberry 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)


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., Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Alaska Outdoors hosts year-round outing events every Monday and Thursday throughout the Anchorage area. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Thursday outings are more challenging. Meeting location changes every week. Please check location often. $1.00 for non-members. ((907) 770-0440, www.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.


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)


Basic Wilderness First Aid, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., NAOI Headquarters, 281 N. Main Street Suite 101B, Wasilla. An introductory course for those wanting to know how to treat minor injuries in a remote setting. Call or go online to register. $125. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

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)


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

coming up

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)

Tri the Trails Triathlon, 8:30 a.m. June 29, Matanuska Lakes State Park, mile 36.4, west of Palmer, close to where the Glenn and Parks Highways split. An 800-meter swim, 13-mile bike, and 4-mile run. The cost is $60. Registration closes June 20 or when the last slots are filled. General Requirements: Minimum 18 years old. A Kids Duathlon will be at 10:30 a.m. for ages 5-13 and will include a 1K run, 2K bike, and 1K run. The cost is $15 per participant. Registration for the kids event is the day of the race, from 8-10:15 a.m. The race isn't timed and each participant will win a t-shirt. Helmets are mandatory for both events. Protective gear is recommended. (745-4357, www.trithetrails.com)

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