As Alaska kids tick off their final days of school, an entire summer of nature-themed adventures awaits within Alaska’s national parks. 

Erin Kirkland
While Seward may be best known for its popular Silver Salmon Derby in August, locals fill their freezers and smokers with shore-caught red salmon as soon as they show up in late May.  Tyler Pelo
Fishing paradise awaits those willing to make the quick trip across Kachemak Bay to Seldovia, a tiny village with a wealth of recreational opportunities. Matt Tunseth
Neighbors of a 30-sled dog kennel near the historic mushing capital of Nome had hoped to shut down the operation with a civil lawsuit but dropped the suit last week after a judge summarily rejected a crucial motion in the case. Zaz Hollander
Managers don’t know yet how many black bears have been taken this season in Unit 6D, which encompasses coastal areas near Whittier, Valdez and Cordova. But they do know the harvests nearly tripled from the late 1990s to 2007 before dropping off sharply.Mike Campbell
One-time Alaska Fish Board appointee Roland Maw was fined $7,245 and barred from hunting and fishing for 18 months following his no contest plea to illegally obtaining resident hunting and fishing licenses in the state of Montana.Laurel Andrews
The Funny River Fire burned 195,000 acres of land along the Kenai Peninsula. Nearly a year later, the Alaska Division of Forestry said they've found a hot spot caused by the massive fire. Megan Edge
Here's some ways to get your kids outdoors in the coming days.Alaska Dispatch News
Over Memorial Day weekend last year, thousands watched nervously as the Funny River Fire burned its way through the Kenai Peninsula. Though the human impacts were ultimately minimal, emergency responders say they learned plenty of lessons about modern-day disaster response.Megan Edge
The fossil of a bizarre shark with a "buzz saw" bite, found in the Brooks Range and lost for 29 years in the Smithsonian archives, is back in Alaska for an exhibit in Seward, thanks in part to the intervention of artist Ray Troll. Mike Dunham