New Weekly Column in Alaska Dispatch News Means More Outdoor Family Fun

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

What could be better on a beautiful Friday morning (and the first day of summer vacation) than an announcement regarding my acceptance of a weekly column in the Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper?

Not much.

I love Alaska; it’s my home, and the place where we’ve chosen to raise our family for the last 10 years. AKontheGO has been a valuable part of that, offering AK Dad, Kid and I some amazing opportunities in equally amazing places.

Alaska has also given me a livelihood, and as my son grows older, that simple, casual “mom-blog” has evolved from stories of life with a toddler in Alaska to a sustainable business within the state’s travel industry, with a budding tweenager hell-bent on independence and adventure in tow. Check and roger, that.


Starting this weekend, Alaska Dispatch News readers will see a new column within the Sports and Outdoors section. Called Kids in the Outdoors, it will feature stories much like those I’ve been writing for years, but with a broader set of options for readers, and me. I’ll write about great destinations in Alaska, for sure, but I’ll also want to learn the stories of Alaska kids who live in and love the outdoors. Everything from gardening to hunting and horseback writing will be on the table, in addition to the more “traditional” forms of outdoor recreation popular with many Alaska youth.

Have a story idea related to kids age 0-18 and the great Alaska outdoors? I want to hear it.

I’m also very excited about a mini-column sharing your favorite places and spaces within Alaska. Designed to be fed by readers, the Top 3.…(places, spaces, facilities, camps, anything…) will come from your input. Next week’s Top 3 topic? Best botanical gardens and farms —–> what say you?

Watch the AKontheGO Facebook page for my weekly call – you better answer! 

Finally, Kids in the Outdoors would be nothing without a timely and comprehensive calendar of events and activities suitable for children, parents, educators, and anyone else excited about outside-based fun with youngsters, statewide. AKontheGO will still retain a calendar on this website, but the ADN calendar will provide an additional, visible platform for organizations wanting an even more effective reach for their audiences.

Are you planning a kid-themed activity, event, or presentation that relates to the outdoors? Send it along no later than Monday for the following weekend.

Thank you, dear readers, for the continued support. Oh, the places we’ll go!



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