Back to Nature in Anchorage

Reconnect with nature and enjoy family time. With naturalist programs, a treasure hunt and storytelling, every member of the family will find big fun in Alaska’s vast outdoor spaces.


Watch beavers build a dam, go on a spring morel mushroom hunt, learn about nature’s medicine kit or explore the colors of snow at one of the many weekend programs geared for tots and adults year round at the Eagle River Nature Center, just 40 minutes from downtown Anchorage. During winter, the center hosts a popular astronomy series, in addition to moonlight hikes, skiing and winter survival workshops.


Go high-tech to unlock secrets hidden in the city and in wild spaces surrounding Anchorage. Geocaching uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) device to find “caches.” These small stashes hold anything from little toys to special coins. This is a great activity for adventurers of all ages. Pick-up a geocache brochure, designed by local middle school students, at the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center.


Explore the 110-acre Alaska Botanical Garden with a Discovery Duffel chock full of kids’ activity ideas and books from the nursery. Storytellers read nature books during Storytime in the Garden (6:30 p.m. Wednesdays), followed by exploration of the garden’s flora.


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