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 […]

Oh, Baby! Where to find Alaska’s wildlife youngsters

As another warm Alaska winter comes to an end, wildlife experts are making predictions for when and where — and how many — animal babies will show up around our towns and cities. Have you seen any, yet? Bear mamas are beginning to come out of their dens with this year’s crop of cubs. Moose […]

The Alaska Zoo is Hosting a Polar Bear Party!

Ahpun and Lyutyik, perhaps the two most famous residents of the Alaska Zoo, are having a birthday party this Saturday. Cake? They’ll have cake, albeit an icy one. The birthday song? Check. Party hats? Sure. An annual event for the polar bears and those who love them, the Alaska Zoo’s polar bear bash is taking […]

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 […]