The Secret Lives of Alaska Animals: Special guest post

Note: Kids, this is your lucky day! Animal expert Ken Keffer has joined us on the AKontheGO blog to talk about our state’s amazing animals, and some fun facts you might not know. Ken co-wrote the new book “The Secret Lives of Animals” with Stacy Tornio, and I am having a blast reading it. Ken […]

Stargazing Alaska With Kids

by Bryan Bearss Alaska’s land of the midnight sun has finally yielded to the darkness of winter, but don’t despair. With this impending darkness comes a glorious display in the night sky. While the aurora borealis (or northern lights) may be the charismatic mega fauna of the astronomical family, there is so much more to […]

Kids Corner: Alaska is a ‘berry’ fun place in the fall!

by Bryan Bearss After a great summer of blueberry or raspberry picking, it’s time to change gears and think about fall’s other recreational pursuits. As you bundle up and head outside, don’t forget to pack an extra container for a detour along the trail to harvest an autumnal berry bounty. While frost and cooler temperatures […]

Kids Corner: Healthy Futures Alaska and You!

Kids, listen up! AKontheGO has a challenge for you, but first, a few facts. Did you know:  17% of all Alaska school kids are considered obese? That means for whatever reason, they weigh more than medical professionals recommend. (Alaska Department of Social and Health Services, 2013-14 Student Weight Management Report) Increasing physical activity is a […]

Kids Corner – Animal jokes for the whole family

Need a laugh? Everyone does; humor is an important part of the human condition. Kids, try these animal jokes out on your parents at dinner tonight and see who can go the longest without spurting milk out of his or her nose. Or, something. Happy weekend! ~EK and AK Kid     Q: Where do […]

Be “Firewise” this summer with these safety tips

by Bryan Bearss Smokey Bear turned 70 years old last year and his wise words, “Only you can prevent wildfires” have echoed true in Alaska so far this summer. So far, nearly 600 wildfires have ravaged the state, rapidly consuming nearly six million acres as of July 1. The most publicized fire, the Sockeye Fire, […]

Alaska Salmon-ology: Sound like an expert!

by Bryan Bearss There’s not much that says summer in Alaska more than fishing, and chances are, if you’re fishing in Alaska, you’ll be looking for salmon. From June to September, people flock to Alaska’s rivers, streams, and saltwater hotspots in the hopes of catching a big, beautiful salmon. Most Alaska families take at least […]

Memorial Day in Anchorage

While most of you may be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with camping trips and family barbecues, do you know the reason behind this historic, rather somber holiday? Actually commemorated to remember those who died serving the United States in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865, Memorial Day was first officially celebrated first in Waterloo, […]

Zombies, in Alaska? Wood frogs are freaks of nature

by Bryan Bearss April showers usually bring May flowers, but in Alaska, spring’s rainy days will cause a different kind of life to emerge from the earth: Zombies. But these undead are more interested in mosquitos than human body parts. For the past seven months, Alaska food frogs have been buried in mud and leaf […]

2015 Iditarod Fun Facts

Iditarod 2015 begins in T-minus 48 hours, and already the excitement around Alaska is palpable. Every team (and there are 78 of them) has been checked by an army of veterinarians, mushers are right now sitting in a meeting to talk about final details, and the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks are making final preparations […]

Anchorage Centennial Kids: Life in 1915

  The annual Fur Rendezvous festival begins this weekend, and like many other Anchorage residents, we’re working on costumes for our favorite event, the Frostbite Footrace. 2015 marks the centennial year for Anchorage, a former tent city initially developed as the site of a railroad down on lazy Ship Creek. Now Alaska’s largest city and […]