Klondike Gold Rush NHP and Skagway Recreation Center
Contact: Amanda McCutcheon, 907-983-9243
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the Skagway Recreation Center (SRC) afterschool program youth have completed the garden design for the First Bloom Native Plant Garden that will be located in the historic district at 4th and Broadway.The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the SRC and the Skagway School District are hosting a series of events during the months of April and May to make the garden a reality.Klondike Gold Rush rangers will be in the Skagway School to plant seeds for the garden on Earth Day, April 22.Rangers will also be visiting classrooms throughout the week of April 18-23 as a part of National Parks Week. They will present a geology program and educate students about the benefits of gardening with native plants. The following week, the SRC youth and park staff will break ground on the garden and begin to transform the vacant lot into a Victorian garden representing Alaska's native plants.Community volunteers are invited to participate.Volunteers are invited to join other gardeners on any or all of the First Bloom Events listed below. All events will take place in the NPS lot at 4th and Broadway.
April 25 at 3:30 pm: Ground Breaking Ceremony and Work Session
April 26-April 29 from 3-5 pm: Work parties to prepare garden site
Additional work parties, which include lunch, are planned for Saturdays, April 30 and May 14, and on Sunday, May 22 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. These are flexible, all day events and volunteers are invited to stop by and work as long they want to help on the project.
Did You Know?
During the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Finnegan's Camp on the Chilkoot Trail was a tent city. There were saloons, restaurants and hotels all housed in tents.