Sitka Maritime Heritage Society to host summer camp, harbor walk, and a treasure hunt

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society is hosting a summer camp, waterfront/harbor walk and a treasure hunt during August.

The Sails, Knots and What-Nots summer camp takes place on Monday, July 31, though Friday, Aug. 4, and is geared toward youth ages 10-15. During the camp, participants will learn about harnessing the wind, sailing knots, designing sailing models, and more. The camp is co-sponsored by the Coast Guard Spouses and Women’s Association. The cost is $200 for SMHS members and Coast Guard, and $220 for non-members. Applications are available at

Walk That Dock is a free waterfront and harbor walk set for noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. Participants will meet at 11:50 a.m. at the SMHS booth at the Sitka Seafood Festival, and then will walk Crescent Harbor, ANB Harbor and the Sitka waterfront to learn about Sitka’s maritime history. If you can’t make this event, check out the SMHS historic harbor and waterfront map posted here (note, map prints out as a double-sided 11×17 document).

All Treasures Wet and Salty is a free family fun day that includes a treasure hunt from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Japonski Island Boathouse. This event also is part of the Sitka Seafood Festival. Young pirates can grab a treasure map to explore the historic boathouse, while more seasoned pirates can explore the SMHS collections.


Sitka National Historical Park to host National Trails Day event Saturday, June 7

NTD_2013_copyright2_RGB-1024x1019SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignOn Saturday, June 7, people all around the country will celebrate National Trails Day, a day set aside to celebrate our trails and the great outdoors. A local celebration of National Trails Day will be hosted by Sitka National Historical Park starting at 2 p.m. at the park’s Visitor Center.

In order to make every hike a safe experience, Sitka National Historical Park invites you to an educational event focusing on safety in bear country and an orientation to the recently completed River View Trail.

The event will begin with a showing of The Ends of the Earth, an award winning documentary about the ecosystem of Katmai National Park and Preserve and the Alaska Peninsula, a landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the most prolific in the world.

The second part of the event will focus specifically on bear safety and will include a short Bear Spray Training video, a review of basic safety tips regarding hiking in bear country and hands on practice with bear spray techniques using inert canisters. This event focuses on bear spray use and will not include information or discussion about firearms and bears.

The event will conclude with a tour of the recently completed River View Trail with Chief Ranger, Carin Farley. Come see the latest addition to the trail system at Sitka National Historical Park and hear about the tools and techniques that were used by the trail crew from Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to complete the project last fall.

Sitka National Historical Park’s
National Trails Day event schedule

  • 2 pm – The Ends of the Earth (26-minute video) in the park’s Visitor Center theater
  • 2:30 pm – Bear Spray Training video (12 minutes) in the park’s Visitor Center theater
  • 2:50 pm – Bear spray practice using an inert canister outside the park’s Visitor Center
  • 3:15 pm – Walking tour of the of the new River View Trail starting from the Visitor Center lobby

You are welcome to come for all or part of the event as we join thousands of other people across the country in celebrating the many trails that allow access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and physical and mental health.

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Sitka Trail Works sets Herring Cove work party for National Trails Day


SitkaTrailWorksLogoAs part of the American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7, Sitka Trail Works and the U.S. Forest Service Sitka Ranger District are hosting a work party to help spruce up the Herring Cove Trail.

This event will be led by Sarah Bell of Sitka Trail Works and USFS trails specialist Laurent Deviche. This volunteer effort will begin repairs to the upper trail near the waterfall.

All volunteers are encouraged to meet at the Herring Cove Trailhead at 9 a.m. (the trailhead is located six miles east of downtown Sitka on Sawmill Creek Road past the Sawmill Cove Industrial Area). Work on the Herring Cove Trail will continue throughout the summer — including a hike on the Herring Cove Trail and Beaver Lake Loop on June 14 (National Get Outdoors Day) — due to extensive weather damage from Fall 2013, which will take a lot of time and effort to restore the trail.

“National Trails Day encourages Americans to connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments, as well as federal land managing agencies, to experience, appreciate, and share the natural places we cherish,” Sitka Trail Works said.

Sitka National Historical Park hosts its second annual National Trails Day event Saturday, June 1

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Come celebrate the outdoors and get healthy. Sitka National Historical Park will host a day-long event in honor of the American Hiking Society’s 21st annual National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 1. The event will be held at the park’s Visitor Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is a day dedicated to park trails, health and the community of Sitka.

Free presentations and activities will occur on the hour. We will have booths from our local partners set up in the lobby. Local dog walkers are encouraged to come out and take a photo with a ranger or get a healthy treat for your four-legged friends. And kids can join in the fun as well. Come on out, there is something for everyone.

Schedule of Events

  • 8 a.m. — Feathers and Fitness — Bird watching can be great exercise, join a park ranger for a walk in the park to discover the diverse species of birds that call the park home.
  • 9 a.m. — Park Watch Volunteer Program — Stewardship for health. Learn from park rangers how you can provide local stewardship and increase public safety while walking the park trails.
  • 10 a.m. — Trail Bootcamp — Ever want to use the trails for cardio and resistance exercises? Here is your chance. Join Carrie Johnson from Hames Center for a quick 45-minute Bootcamp on the trail. All resistance exercises will use your own body weight. This interval-based workout is tailored for all fitness levels. Hop on the trail and let’s get fit.
  • 11 a.m. – PT in the Park — With Alicia Olsen-Haseltine, DPT, from Sitka Physical Therapy, participate in dynamic stretching and functional exercises with tips on injury prevention.
  • Noon — Prize Drawing — Park Prescriptions participants’ $100 quarterly prize drawing sponsored by Sitka Community Hospital Foundation.
  • Noon — Park Prescriptions Presentation — Check for $250 presented to Alaska Geographic to support the Park Prescriptions Program from the Sitka Health Summit.
  • 1 p.m. — Healthy Raw Energy Desserts — Demonstration and sampling of fabulous desserts by Koali Pontual-Thorne from Botanika Organic Spa.
  • 2 p.m.- Yoga in the Park — Yoga for the trail hiker. Add more balance to your routine with Andrea Thomas from Yoga Union.
  • 3 p.m. — Animal Olympics for Kids — Kids come out and join a ranger for games that test your fitness against the animals in the park like bears, sea otters and ravens.
  • 4 p.m. — Sitka Conservation Society — Learn about two programs, the Fish to Schools program and Alaska Way of Life 4H, that promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles by getting kids to experience