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Get Outdoors, Anchorage!

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Some great ideas for outdoor fun this fall!

August

Tiger Talk, Alaska Zoo Tuesday Night Series: Aug. 24 (7 p.m.). Learn about tigers. Cost: regular zoo admission. www.alaskazoo.org.

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Storytime in the Garden, Alaska Botanical Garden: Wednesdays in August, ends Aug. 25 (6 p.m.). Enjoy a good book on nature and a nature-inspired activity in the garden. Free for members, $5 per person or $10 for families for non-members.

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Mushroom Fair, Midsummer Night's Science Series, Campbell Creek Science Center: Aug. 25 (7 p.m.). Local mushroom enthusiasts will share their knowledge. Bring fungi specimens to identify! Free and open to the public. Meet Campbell Creek, Bancroft Park: Aug. 28 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Anchorage Waterways Council hosts this hands-on, family-friendly educational event about this urban creek. Biking encouraged. Free. www.anchoragecreeks.org. Pedal and Pull, Chester Creek: Aug. 28 (5:30 p.m.). Join the Weed Warriors and the Anchorage Park Foundation in a community bike-ride to Goose Lake to pull canary grass. Meet at Westchester Lagoon parking lot. Contact Kelly Meeker at [email protected] Meet Our Raptors, Alaska Zoo Tuesday Night Series: Aug. 31 (7 p.m.). Learn about raptors from handlers and the zoo's education birds. Cost: regular zoo admission. www.alaskazoo.org.

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Discovery Du els, Alaska Botanical Garden: Tuesday-Sunday throughout August and until Sept. 18 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Families or groups with children ages 4-9 can rent educational toys for $5 rental fee in addition to garden admission.

Get Outdoors Anchorage is a coalition of agencies, groups and community members working to help reconnect Anchorage residents, including kids, with nature. We are part of a national grassroots e ort ­ the "No Child Left Inside" movement ­ that is growing by leaps and bounds. Check out these great websites for more excting ideas about connecting kids to nature: www.naturerocks.org; www.nwf.org/get-outside; www.childrenand nature.org

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2nd Annual Harvest Day, Alaska Botanical Garden: Sept. 11(11 a.m.-4 p.m.). This harvest event features family fun and a scarecrow contest (details at www.alaskabg.org). Harvested produce is donated to Bean's Café and the Alaska Food Bank. Cost: $5 per person, $10 per family or free with the donation of three cans of food or bags of garden produce. Moose Madness, Alaska Zoo: Sept. 11 (Noon-4 p.m.). Learn about moose at this family festival. Cost: regular zoo admission. www.alaskazoo.org.

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Weed Warriors at Taku Lake Park: Sept. 17 (2 p.m.). The Anchorage Park Foundation and Weed Warriors invite you to help remove invasive trees and plant native ones. Contact Kelly Meeker at [email protected] National Public Lands Day, Campbell Creek Science Center: Sept. 25 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Volunteer on some Campbell Tract work projects followed by free pizza. 267-1247. Kids in Nature Workshop, Spenard Recreation Center: Sept. 25 (3-4:30 p.m.). Bring the whole family for an outdoor, hands-on workshop about the importance of outdoor play. Come early for arts and crafts. Sponsored by ADF&G with MOA Parks and Recreation. To pre-register, contact [email protected], 267-2168. Solar Series ­ Light Speed Stampede, Meet at Pluto at Kincaid Park: Sept. 26 (Start between 11 a.m. ­ 2 p.m.). Walk, run, bike, wheel or use any human-powered means to travel along the Light Speed Planet Walk (www.anchorageplanetwalk.org). Sponsored by Anchorage Rotary and Anchorage Parks & Recreation. Cost: $5 solo or $10 per family. Contact Spenard Recreation Center, 343-4160.

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Hibernation Celebration, Alaska Zoo: Oct. 2 (12-4 p.m.) Celebrate the end of summer and the coming of winter by learning about hibernating animals. Cost: Regular zoo admission. www.alaskazoo.org. Zoo Boo, Alaska Zoo: Oct. 31. Come enjoy this safe trick-or-treating event on Zoo grounds. www.alaskazoo.org.

makes us happier! Studies indicate that children who play outside are less stressed, more con dent and have improved self esteem.

Fall Cross-Country Running

Tuesday Night Races, MOA Parks and Recreation Department, Tuesdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2 (Races start at 6:30 p.m.). These fun and competitive runs for all ages and ability levels are held at various park locations. Cost: $2 kids; $5 adults; $10 families; season passes available. Find the schedule at www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/TuesdayNightRaces.a spx. Healthy Futures Youth Jamborees, Safe and fun cross country running events at various locations across Anchorage encourage elementary students to enjoy running. Pick the closest school, or attend them all! Free. Register on site. Sponsored by Healthy Futures and the Anchorage School District. ·South Anchorage Schools, Service High School - Sept. 25 (9:30 a.m.) ·Eagle River/Chugiak Schools, Birchwood Elementary Sept. 30 (5 p.m.) ·North Anchorage Schools, Bartlett High School Oct. 1 (5 p.m.)

Get Outdoors Anchorage Member Organizations: Alaska Botanical Garden, State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Health and Social Services, Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services and Parks and Recreation, AKontheGO, Alaska Geographic, Alaska Zoo, Anchorage Park Foundation, Anchorage School District, Anchorage Waterways Council, Boys & Girls Clubs, Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center, Chugach National Forest, Girl Scouts, National Park Service, National Wildlife Federation, Trailside Discovery ­ Alaska Center for the Environment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2) It makes us healthy! The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 60 minutes of daily free play outside helps ght obesity, attention de cit disorder and other health issues.

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3) It helps kids learn! Outdoor play has been associated with improved school performance, increased creativity and longer attention spans. 4) It's free! Many outdoor activities cost little or nothing. 5) It helps bring families closer! Activities in nature are something the whole family can enjoy together.

Concerned about childhood obesity?

WE CAN! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) Conference: Oct. 7 & 8 in Anchorage. Sponsored by the National Institute of Health and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, this FREE conference is for professionals who work with youth. Learn more at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health

Supporting Anchorage's Youth

Be part of a community discussion about Anchorage's youth: Anchorage United for Youth Community Summit, Dena'ina Center: Sept. 18 (12:30-4 p.m). Celebrate Anchorage's youth and determine speci c actions to support them. All municipal wide youth, families and community members are invited.

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