Outdoor hotline (11/25/13)


Alaska Nordic Racing Anchorage Masters XC Ski Program, 6:30-8 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Small group instruction and training for skiers of all abilities. Our experienced coaching staff will help you learn to ski, improve your technique, and enhance your performance; in both skate and classic. Anchorage Masters meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Kincaid and Hillside Parks. Private lessons available upon request. (www.alaskanordicracing.org/masters.html)


Zoo Lights, 5-8 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Visit the lighted parade of animals that take over the zoo each winter. From front to back, the zoo is decorated with lighted animal displays colorful, whimsical and even animated. You can walk under canopies of light and check out the animals. Zoo Lights runs Thursdays through Sundays through January 5. $5-$7.


Recognition of Avalanche Hazard Lecture, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. This lecture series is intended for backcountry travelers and enthusiasts including skiers, snowboarders, snowmachiners, and climbers. Get a solid introduction to avalanche behavior, terrain, snow instability and decision-making. $50 (345-0878,

Archery 101, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for free. Youth/adult instruction with emphasis on safety. Open to anyone who is interested. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come to the wax bunker near the chalet at Kincaid Park. All equipment is supplied by NWA. (343-6397, northwestarchers.com)


Avalanche Rescue Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. The goal of this workshop is to provide students an opportunity to refresh their skills and build a foundation to safely and effectively locate and rescue backcountry travelers who have been caught in an avalanche. The full range of skills will be reviewed with beacon practice on single and multiple burials then move to digging and recovery techniques. $110 (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.org)

The Wooden Ski Classic, noon, Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road. A 5 or 2.5 K race at Kincaid Park. Co-sponsorred by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage and the Sons of Norway. Skiers are encouraged to use wooden skis and wear wool. Prizes to the best dressed boy and girl, 12 and under, and female and male adult skiers. Register online or from 10-11 a.m. on race day. Pine tar your skis in the wax bunker from 9-11 a.m. Nordic treats after the race provided by Sons of Norway. (www.anchoragenordicski.com/anchorage_cup_register.htm)

Scout Day, noon-3 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Help celebrate Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. The zoo is filled with fun activities including archery, animal encounters and more. This event is free with paid admission to the zoo. Registration is not required. (341-6432, alaskazoo.org/scout-day)


Creeks as Classrooms: Explore-Engage-Enhance, 5:30-7:30 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Anchorage Waterways Council's annual meeting will highlight their five-year-old education and outreach program, "Creeks as Classrooms" and feature presentations from students and teachers ranging from elementary to graduate school. Discover and learn about the many ways Anchorage youth are being encouraged to connect with their local watersheds and creeks and to become their stewards. Refreshments will be served. A brief business meeting will follow. Free. (272-7335, www.anchoragecreeks.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Alaska Native Plant Society, 7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center, 6881 Creekview Loop. Sarah Ellison will speak on "What controls tree growth at Arctic treeline?" She will attempt to shed some light on this question to which the answer remains unknown, despite decades of study. Her presentation will focus on her master's thesis research at four sites in the Brooks Range from Kotzebue to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Free. (333-2399, www.aknps.org)


Off the Chain Volunteer Orientation, 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Off The Chain Bicycle Collective, 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. The low cost, volunteer run bicycle collective is open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. Your role as a volunteer will be defined by your specific skills and interest, and they regularly have volunteer tasks that require no mechanical experience. Free. (258-6822, www.offthechainak.org)

Weather for the Backcountry Traveler Lecture, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5, Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. This lecture series is meant to give anyone who is affected by the weather a better understanding of the concepts that drive the complex weather patterns in the mountains of Alaska. Intended for backcountry travelers and enthusiasts including skiers, snowboarders, snowmachiners, snowshoers, and climbers. $25 (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com)

Two-Day AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec 14 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15, Continuing Education UAA CTC, 707 A St. This course meets the U.S. Coast Guard drill conductor requirements for fishing vessels and has an in-water practicum. The course instructor is Joe Chaszar. Register online at

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