In Alaska, five active branches of Hike It Baby are taking the state’s trails, pathways and sidewalks by storm. From Fairbanks to Juneau, toddlers are toddling, babies are packed along and parents get plenty of peer support.Erin Kirkland
For 11 years, Gulf of Alaska Keeper has cleaned marine debris from remote Alaska coastlines. In summer 2015, GoAK organized a large-scale project to collect debris from across the Gulf of Alaska by barge and helicopter.
I have used wood fires as my only household heat for the past 45 or 50 years. I can build you a fire in a hurry at home, but put me in the Alaska woods, with cold rain soaking everything, and it gets more challenging. John Schandelmeier
Among the Fairbanks Paddlers members, the late Jimmy Gaydos was known for his handmade boats. He brought a different hand-made boat each year to the club’s wooden boat rendezvous.Sam Friedman | Fairbanks News-Miner
As part of a nationwide initiative that emphasizes lifelong health, federally managed outdoor agencies recently joined President Obama to launch the Every Kid in a Park Pass program, available through Aug. 31, 2016.Erin Kirkland