National Park Trust Selected for Centennial Challenge Project and Matching Funds

“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” ~Theodore Roosevelt During his presidency, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt protected more than 230,000,000 acres of land that now belongs to you, me, […]

Sail through the forest with Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures in Seward

“On belay!” Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures guide Mike grabbed my son by the fistful of climbing harness attached to his chest and said, “Okay, buddy, are you ready to finish this?” AK Kid gingerly stepped into space, trusting both the rope and Mike, and slowly descended 20 feet to the forest floor below. I peered […]

Crossing Southcentral Alaska’s Crow Pass

AKontheGO correspondent Mariah Brashar recently hiked the Crow Pass Trail with her mom. If you’ve not had the opportunity to travel this historic trail, Mariah’s post provides a click-by-click description of the experience.  Crow Pass National Historic Trail — have you heard of it? I hadn’t, despite my status as a lifelong Alaskan, until just […]

Kids to Parks Day: Pledge your commitment to Alaska’s outdoors (a redo)

Publisher note: This is a second Kids to Parks Day post; the first was inadvertently eliminated during an AKontheGO WebGuy backup. We still love him, so it’s all okay, because mistakes and missteps in communication happen. Onward and upward!    Parks are childhood. Open fields for free play; slides and swings and climbing things; places […]

Alaska Zoo Events in March

The Alaska Zoo has long been a resource for animal education in the Anchorage area, with an overarching theme of conservation and protection of species that reside in the circumpolar north. It’s the only zoo in Alaska, too, drawing thousands of visitors annually, thanks to a year-round opportunity to view a wide variety of creatures […]

Outdoor Families Have a Place to Gather

What does one have, if she doesn’t have nature? This week a new project was born, one that hopefully will provide parents, grandparents, educators, politicians, and anyone else concerned with the viability of outdoor spaces and nature-based opportunities for young people. This project is a community, a sounding board, and a set of resources on a […]

Happy New Year! Kids, how about creating a tree full of wishes?

Tonight’s the night, guys and gals! With 12 bell taps, 2014 is officially in the history books, and 2015 slides in to bring your family a whole new year of exciting opportunities. Just think about it; you can go anywhere, do anything, or be anybody you want, starting NOW. I was going to write a […]

Hiking Anchorage’s Highest Peaks: What families should know

Many Anchorage residents favor the city’s urban trail system as a go-to place for outdoor recreation at the drop of a hat. We’re lucky, really; at our figurative (and in some cases literal) doorsteps lie miles and miles of mountain pathways ranging from easy to difficult. Kids grow up hiking to destinations with names like […]

Denali National Park: What you need to know for an autumn visit

Before you read any further, ponder this fact for a moment: Denali National Park encompasses six million acres, and there is but one road in or out. One narrow, dirt road that bisects the space, shared by thousands of eager visitors each year. And we got to drive it. Denali National Park is by far […]

Tips for Exploring National Parks With Kids

AKontheGO is proud to partner with yet another outdoor-minded business to promote and encourage travel experiences as a family. US Parks, a website dedicated to the preservation and promotion of our national park system and outdoor recreation, has asked me to contribute to their newly-formed Park Journal project. As the sole writer with an emphasis […]

Earth Day and the Wonder of it All

Happy Earth Day, everyone! This is the day to spend celebrating, enjoying, and nurturing our precious resources and the terra firma upon which we live. Now more than ever, it’s critical to educate and inform our children so that they may grow up to become stewards of the only planet (so far) to sustain humanity.  […]