Kenai National Wildlife Refuge PEEPS Program

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on October 10, 2017. Just so you know, there’s a lot more to being a red squirrel than merely looking cute and shaking your bushy tail, and a swarm of little kids at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center are about to find out why. […]

Enjoying Alaska’s Destination Playgrounds

Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.  I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. “OK, what’s one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?” she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping […]

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 […]

It’s Shorebird Season in Alaska – What you can do

Every morning, when I step outside to fetch the newspaper from my front shrubbery, I hear them. Birds making noise. A multitude of chirps, squawks, and chortles that wake me up and remind our household that spring has indeed finally arrived again in Alaska. Our home in Anchorage sits several miles from the muddy, silty […]

Alaska History Means Drilling For Tsunami Danger

by Erin Kirkland One June evening in 2011 our family had just settled in after a busy day exploring the beaches of Homer, Alaska. Ever been to Homer? It’s got a sandy beach near the “Old Town” section that we like to walk from our rental cottage and play on the driftwood or dig for treasures […]

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 […]

Experience Playful Luxury at Stillpoint Lodge

There’s a quote that goes something like this, and it fits Stillpoint Lodge to a T: “The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” I forget who first said these words, but I think about them every time I visit the tiny floating village of Halibut Cove, […]

Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast: Family-friendly and full of fun

Eagles chattered a welcome from the treetops as our boat slowly made its way into the sheltered refuge of Kasitsna Bay. A 30-minute ride across yawing Kachamak Bay from Homer had deposited our party of six onto a rocky, shell-strewn shoreline for a weekend of marine-based fun at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure […]

Alaska Farmers Markets: Fresh, local, and more available than you think

This time of year, Alaska settles into the busy pace of planting and gathering, even this far north. Summer may be short in the Last Frontier, but 12 hours of daylight (or more) means a unique form of gardening and agriculture that results in amazing produce. As is AKontheGO’s style to promote aspects of the […]

Hooking Kids on the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

This article originally appeared in the Tuesday, May 3 issue of the Alaska Dispatch News.  When I first approached my family about driving to the small town of Homer to attend a birding festival, I received a look of incredulous trepidation followed by a solid minute of silence. “Birds?” my son asked. “Why can’t we […]

There’s no place like Homer: Touring the end of the road

by Bryan Bearss Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers to get back home to Kansas, but if you’re looking for family fun and outdoor learning, slip on a pair of XtraTufs and head down to Homer, Alaska. On the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 230 road miles from Anchorage, Homer may seem […]