Event Details

  • 11/29/2013

    Location: The Visitor Center at Sitka National Historical Park Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Fee Information: FREE Contact Phone Number: 907-747-0110

On Saturday, November 29, from 10:30 to 12:30, school-age children and their families are invited to the Visitor Center at Sitka National Historical Park for the unveiling of the park's new Junior Ranger Activity Book.  This newly-published book contains over a dozen activities for kids, ages 4 and up.  Rangers will be on hand to distribute the books and help kids through the various mazes, word searches, crossword puzzles and art projects.  Please note that all children must be supervised at all times; this is not a drop-off activity.


In addition to the Junior Ranger Book activities, there will be several interactive programs offered throughout the event.  (See schedule below.)  We will be offering food and refreshments at the event, and there will be several showings of our 12-minute film, "Voices of Sitka."  Children will have the chance to win prizes donated by Alaska Geographic, and the artwork produced by the kids will be put on display in our Visitor Center.


Schedule of Events


10:40  – 11:00 a.m.

Families are encouraged to choose one of these programs; they will be repeated at 11:10 a.m. (see below)

Mystery in the Trees – A "crime" has been committed in the park, and we need Junior Rangers to analyze the clues and interview the suspects in order to apprehend the criminal. Join us to solve the mystery!

Banana Slugs – Do you think they're slimy and gross?  Not according to Ranger Ellen Corak!  Find out what makes these common creatures so interesting!

Totem Walk – Ever wondered what tales are told by the totem poles at the park?  Some we know, and others are still a mystery.  Join SCA Intern Dave Barak to learn the stories behind some of the park's 18 totem poles!


11:10  – 11:30 a.m.

Families are encouraged to choose one of these programs (see descriptions above)

Mystery in the Trees

Banana Slugs

Totem Walk

Alaska Raptor Center Presentation

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

We are honored to welcome the Alaska Raptor Center to the park for an exciting presentation on the birds of prey who live right here in Sitka.  They will be bringing along a special feathered guest- come by and find out who it is!


Junior Ranger Badge Presentation

12:30 p.m.

After completing their Junior Ranger Activity Books, the students are invited to participate in our badge ceremony.  They will take an oath with a ranger and receive a certificate and a badge.  (Children may also return their completed books at a later date.)


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