Eagle River Nature Center Offers Self-Guided Opportunities This Summer

Nestled in a secluded valley, shadowed by craggy peaks of Chugach State Park, Eagle River Nature Center is a quiet reminder of Alaska’s access to wilderness. Originally a public visitor center for the park until budget crises led a group of dedicated fans to establish a non-profit to turn things around, ERNC (as it’s affectionately […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

Every Kid In a Park, Especially In Alaska

This story originally appeared in the September 27 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. As the paper is undergoing a tremendous amount of change due to new ownership, my weekly column’s appearances are in a state of flux. I will thus post them here. ~EK  PORTAGE — Esha Yang, 9, is pressing a pair of binoculars […]