Outdoor calendar

Bob Hallinen


Wildlife Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Stay scientifically enriched this winter on the second Wednesday of each month. Lectures cover a different topic on wildlife research in Alaska and are aimed toward adults with an interest in science. Series partners include USFWS, ADFG, Alaska Geographic, USGS and the Alaska Zoo. Programs are free to the public and coffee and tea are available. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/wildlife-wednesdays)


Spring Garden Conference, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Hilton Anchorage, 500 W. Third Ave. The Alaska Botanical Garden's 8th Annual Spring Garden Conference, "Digging Deeper: Flowers, Food & Foraging." Community gardening and local food advocate, Roger Doiron is the keynote speaker. Doiron is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a Maine-based nonprofit network of more than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries who are taking a hands-on approach to relocalizing the food supply. Register online. (www.alaskabg.org)

Backcountry Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, 22249 South D St., Talkeetna. Hangar Door Cinema presents the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, celebrating the human powered winter experience through film. The festival aims to entertain while helping to raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and like-minded partners. $6-$8. (733-PZAZ, www.denaliartscouncil.org)


Family Skate Day at Wasilla Lake, noon-2 p.m., Wasilla Lake, East Parks Highway The Wasilla Parks and Recreation Dept. is hosting a family fun day at Wasilla Lake. Bring your own skates for some family fun at Newcomb Park. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Free.


Gold Mint Trail Ski Tour, 1 p.m., Independence Mine State Historical Park, Hatcher Pass Road. Bring the family including the dogs for a ski tour of the Gold Mint trail above Independence Mine. Free. (745-4190, www.matsuski.org)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Abbott Loop Community Park, Elmore Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Mountaineering Club of Alaska's monthly meeting and presentation, 6:30-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. This month Deb Ajango of Safety Ed will talk to the club about cold weather injuries, particularly frostbite. This is vital information to know before venturing into the backcountry and prior to the climbing season ramping up in the Alaska Range. Meeting begins at 6:30 with presentation following a short intermission.

Archery 101, 6-8 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for free. Youth and adult instruction with emphasis on safety first. Open to anyone who is interested in learning to shoot a bow. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come to the wax bunker near the chalet. All equipment is supplied by NWA. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533)

Flotilla 33, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., UAA Chugiak-Eagle River College Center, Room 238. The meeting is open to the public. Coast Guard Auxiliarists are volunteers who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions except law enforcement. The Auxiliary's more than 40,000 members can be found on the nation's waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education, donating millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions. Free. (694-3570, wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=170-03-03)

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Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m. March 20, BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. This course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to safely handle and operate a boat. Topics include trailering, navigation, lines and knots, weather, emergencies, rules of the road and communications. It is presented by the Whittier Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. $50. Call to register. (240-3370, 952-1240)

Kincaid Cardboard Sled Derby, 1 p.m. March 29, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Join family, friends and Anchorage Parks and Recreation at the Cardboard Sled Derby at Kincaid Park. Race down the sledding hill in your sled made from cardboard, duct tape and/or white glue. Age divisions are youth 6-12, 13-17, 18+, and family. Register in advance or on site as a team or individual. Rules are listed on the registration form. On site registration begins at noon. All sleds must check in at 1 p.m. and races begin at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for distance. $5. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training, The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC in Seward, from April 1 to April 6. This is an intensive train-the-trainer course that prepares individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel safety drills. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to teach AMSEA's U.S. Coast Guard approved Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training, pending authorization from the Coast Guard. Participants will co-teach a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training in Seward on April 7. The cost for the course is $875 for AMSEA members and $995 for non-members. For more information or to register call AMSEA at (907- 747-3287 or visit the AMSEA website at www.amsea.org.

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