Monday, April 22, 2013

Wild & Aware Girdwood - Bear Events

All community members are invited to Bear Aware Events during the week of April 22nd.  Please join in celebrating bears and sharing information on living and recreating bear-friendly in the Girdwood Community.

Bear Theatre on Tuesday 23rd is from 6-8pm at the Hotel Alyeska in the Kahiltna Room.  Focus is Girdwood School students’ art, poetry and live skits about living in Bear Country.

Come listen to Bear Stories on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 pm at the the Glacier Ranger District Office. Hear positive stories about human-bear encounters and enjoy some hot cider. Bear Stories features the stories of Girdwood School students.

The Bear Movie is a feature length film celebrating bears in their natural environment. It will show on Friday, April 26, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center presents Meet the Bears on Saturday, April 27 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. See the bears and the new exhibit. Learn about bear biology from the experts, while you sip your hot chocolate. You will also have the chance to observe a bear spray demonstration.

Participants in the events can complete their Bear Week Passport to enter in a drawing for bear friendly prizes. You may pick up a Wild & Award Passport at events during the week or by visting the Glacier Ranger District office (open Monday -Friday 8:00 am -5:00 pm.

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Posters created by Girdwood School students.

Wild & Aware Girdwood is a community bear awareness campaign with a simple goal: Increase safety of people and decrease human bear conflicts in our Girdwood community through the voices of our youth.

This campaign would not be possible without the  efforts of many partners and community members including the Girdwood School staff and teachers and students, the parents of students, the Anchorage Bear Committee, USDA Forest Service (USFS), Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), Hotel Alyeska, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Forest Fair committee and many volunteers.

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