SAIL and Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to offer hiking club event on Thursday, Dec. 17

December SAIL and 4H hike

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) recently announced a partnership with the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to create a hiking club that will meet once a month. This month’s hike will be from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Cross Trail trailhead located behind Sitka High School.

The SAIL and 4-H Hiking Club is part of SAIL’s Youth Adventure Club program, with two monthly events (only one is the hike) on Wednesdays for youth of all abilities ages 7-14. SAIL Youth Adventure Club events have a $10 fee, but nobody will be turned away due to finances. Pick-up service is available from various Sitka schools with advance arrangements.

To learn more about the SAIL Youth Adventure Club, Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Claire Sanchez at 747-6859 or email her at csanchez@sailinc.org. The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program is coordinated by the Sitka Conservation Society, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (which operates the Alaska 4-H program throughout the state). For more information about the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program, contact Mary Wood or Molly Johnson of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or mary@sitkawild.org or molly@sitkawild.org.

• December 2015 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

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SAIL and Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to offer hiking club event on Thursday, Nov. 19

November SAIL and 4H hike

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced a partnership with the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to create a hiking club that will meet once a month. This month’s hike will be from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Cross Trail trailhead located behind Sitka High School.

The SAIL and 4-H Hiking Club is part of SAIL’s Youth Adventure Club program, with two monthly events (only one is the hike) on Wednesdays for youth of all abilities ages 7-14. SAIL Youth Adventure Club events have a $10 fee, but nobody will be turned away due to finances. Pick-up service is available from various Sitka schools with advance arrangements.

To learn more about the SAIL Youth Adventure Club, Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Claire Sanchez at 747-6859 or email her at csanchez@sailinc.org. The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program is coordinated by the Sitka Conservation Society, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (which operates the Alaska 4-H program throughout the state). For more information about the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program, contact Mary Wood or Molly Johnson of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or mary@sitkawild.org or molly@sitkawild.org.

• November 2015 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

SAIL and Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to offer hiking club event on Wednesday, Oct. 14

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The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced a partnership with the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to create a hiking club that will meet once a month on Wednesdays. This month’s hike will be from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Cross Trail trailhead located behind Sitka High School.

The SAIL and 4-H Hiking Club is part of SAIL’s Youth Adventure Club program, with two monthly events (only one is the hike) on Wednesdays for youth of all abilities ages 7-14. SAIL Youth Adventure Club events have a $10 fee, but nobody will be turned away due to finances. Pick-up service is available from various Sitka schools with advance arrangements.

To learn more about the SAIL Youth Adventure Club, Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Claire Sanchez at 747-6859 or email her at csanchez@sailinc.org. The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. The program is coordinated by the Sitka Conservation Society, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (which operates the Alaska 4-H program throughout the state). For more information about the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program, contact Mary Wood of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or mary@sitkawild.org.

• October 2015 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

Earth Week activities include gardening classes, a youth eco-challenge, and the Parade of the Species

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2014+Earth+Week+posterEarth Day is on Tuesday, April 22, and Earth Week is April 20-26. Sitka will host a variety of activities for Earth Week, including some gardening classes, a youth eco-challenge, free bus rides all month, spring clean-up events, and the 13th annual Parade of the Species. Click the event names at this link for more activity details.

Giving Earth Week an early start is a presentation at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, in Room 106 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, when Gordon Wrobel will discuss his three-year USDA project to build local food systems in Elfin Cove. Contact the Sitka Local Foods Network at sitkalocalfoodsnetwork@gmail.com for more information.

Lauren Oakes will discuss yellow cedar ecology and long-term vegetation changes in temperate forests impacted by climate change at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the UAS Sitka Campus as part of the ongoing Natural History Seminar Series.

yellow_cedarb_nathistorytalkBob Gorman of the Sitka District office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will give two presentations at 7 p.m. at the UAS Sitka Campus — on Monday, April 21, about extending the growing season and greenhouses, and on Tuesday, April 22, about sustainable wood heat.

There will be clean-up events from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, for 4-H club members and other youth, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, for Sitka Conservation Society members and other community members, both at locations TBA. There also is a community-wide spring clean-up event from April 26-May 11, when people can bring in a variety of large items and hazardous materials to the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard, hosted by the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department.

The Sitka Community Ride bus service will provide free bus rides during the entire month of April in its annual recognition of Earth Day.

The youth eco-challenge is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26, at Sitka National Historical Park. School-aged youth teams will test their skills of compass navigation, bear safety, and fire building while they make their way through the Sitka National Historical Park. Sign up in teams of four, or as individuals and be put on a team. Teams of multiple ages are recommended. It’s a race. Contact Mary Wood to register, 747-7509.

Finally, the 13th annual Parade of Species, hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society, is on Friday, April 25. Parade participants are invited to dress as their favorite animal or plant and gallop, slither, swim, or fly with us. We will meet in Totem Square at 2:30 p.m. and parade down Lincoln Street to Harrigan Centennial Hall at 3 p.m. There will be a number of community organizations with hands-on Earth Day inspired activities for the whole family from 3-4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Recycled Material, Most Realistic, and Best Local Plant/Animal. For more information contact mary@sitkawild.org or call 747-7509. Click here for photos of 2013 Parade of Species costumes.

• Sitka Spring Clean-Up Events 2014

• Sitka Earth Week Events Schedule for 2014