Iditarod 2018: For the kids

New to the Last Great Race? Looking for ways to bring Iditarod 2018 to your kids? AKontheGO has some great tips and a fun activity in this week’s Outdoors With Kids column for the Anchorage Daily News.  Get the cowbells and signs ready. On Saturday, 67 mushers and their canine cohorts will depart Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage in […]

Alaska Through the Eyes of Youth: Tundra Vision Series

As AKontheGO stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional family travel journalism, I’ve noticed a few things. First, Alaska children are an incredible source of knowledge about their peers, themselves, and the future. Second, why has no one tapped into this? Perhaps we are not listening.  Let’s change that, shall we?  Tundra Vision is a public […]

When You Don’t See Wildlife On a Cruise: 5 ideas

Feet casually crossed on the bench seat of the Orca Song, I waited. The 70-foot vessel owned and operated by Major Marine Tours in Seward was one hour into a three-and-a-half hour day cruise around Resurrection Bay. To find whales, Orca whales, to be exact.  A calm day, thankfully, to raise binoculars to eyes and […]

World Oceans Day 2017: Preserve, protect, honor

This post is in partnership with Dawn as an effort to increase awareness of World Oceans Day. Early morning along an ocean shoreline means a briny auora of seaweed, saltwater, and the never-ending screech of birds looking for a low tide breakfast. Foamy waves sweep along the smooth sand and over barnacle-encrusted rocks for a […]

5 Fun Camping Activities for RVing Kids

What do you get when you mix a bunch of kids, a wide-open campground, and a little bit of dirt?  F.U.N. Especially when it’s camping.  Does your family go camping, whether in a tent, RV, or public use cabin?<—-cabins count in Alaska, since most cabins are in pretty remote places and are very similar to […]

Celebrate an Alaska Kids to Parks Day

by Erin Kirkland Listen up: The 2017 Kids to Parks Day calendar is ticking ever closer to May 20, and the National Park Trust needs you. Last year, 731,000 kids participated in a day of celebration for our country’s national parks and public lands, and the Park Trust is hoping to boost those numbers to […]

Alaska’s Sea Birds: Where, when, and why they need us

This is sponsored content on behalf of Dawn Saves Wildlife. Rebecca Duerr, research director and veterinarian of the International Bird Rescue, doesn’t mince words when talking about the future of Alaska’s sea birds.  “Climate change,” she told me, “will make life a lot harder for sea birds.”  What is a sea bird, exactly? Also known […]

Join the Zero Waste Campaign Contest!

All kids are invited to participate in a push for a Zero-Waste lifestyle in this contest sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. Homer is one of those Alaska communities where nature is imbedded in the fabric of every single person who lives or visits there. From scenic beaches to soaring […]

NatGeo Kids is ‘Weird But True’ in Alaska

As soon as I could read, my mother bought a subscription to a little magazine called “World.” Designed to create a more kid-friendly approach to issues facing a 1970’s planet, World filled my head with images, people, and ideas that I’d like to think shaped my teen and adult years. Today’s World is now National […]

Vote For Animal President at The Alaska Zoo!

                                  Attention, Alaska Zoo guests, friends, and fellow animal-lovers! It is campaign season, and voting is early, often, and heavy as The Alaska Zoo works to elect a new president. Who will it be, you ask? Competition is going […]

Be Water-Wise Near Alaska’s Rivers and Streams

If you’ve spent any time fishing or boating with your parents, it’s likely you’ve seen how fast and deep our Alaska rivers and streams can be. Grownups are always worried about kids going near the water, and with good reason, since water-related deaths in Alaska are more common than you might think. Being water-wise is […]