Anchorage Outdoor Family Network


Anchorage Outdoor Family Network

We live in a city with an amazing backyard and want to make the most of it, while also instilling a deep appreciation for it in our children. This group allows parents to network, share resources and plan activities together.

Location: Anchorage, AK
Members: 3
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2012

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How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

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Comment by Harmony on April 2, 2011 at 3:31pm

A recent hike with Taiga Trekkers & the Anchorage Outdoor Family Network - Yes, we hike with babes in the Alaskan Winter!


Trekking from the Upper Huffman Trailhead

What lovely morning for a hike. The temp was in the high 20s, allowing the snow to remain relatively hardpacked. In the afternoons it has been above freezing and the snow becomes rather soft, providing some resistance training. It was a cloudy start to the day with snow in the forecast. It was nice to get an uphill work out in. Total time was about an hour. We let the walkers amble around near the parking lot at the end. Despite the high cloud cover we had a great view on Anchorage, Cook Inlet and Mount Susitna (aka the Sleeping Lady).

We heard there's another new trekker on the way! Many of our mamas have been taking a break from hikes, as their second children are due this spring. One mama who hiked with one on her back and pulled one up the slight incline in a sled, slid back down on the sled. 

As is typical this time of year in Alaska, both spring and new snow are in our sights. We allowed ourselves to talk about hiking this summer and remember how enjoyable it was last summer to picnic either mid-hike or post. In my yard as I pulled in you can actually see bare ground under the big spruce tree and along the fence line!

Comment by Harmony on April 1, 2011 at 12:08pm
Mark your calendars for 10:30 am, May 14th. That's when Taiga Trekkers along with the Anchorage Outdoor Family Network will participate in the annual event hosted by the Anchorage Waterways Council as part of the Let's Go - PLAY, SERVE, CELEBRATE initiative sponsored by the Children & Nature Network. I emailed the council who will be getting back to me where we can best be used, and we'll try to find a park near by to picnic/BBQ at after.

The AWC describes the event on there website as this:

"It’s a day where nearly 1,000 volunteers throughout Anchorage put on boots and gloves to clean the trash from local streams and waterways. This effort improves habitat for fish and other critters and helps humans thrive too! 
Each year, volunteers remove several tons of trash. The Anchorage Waterways Council needs folks, families and teams to pitch in and make a difference. Sign up for volunteering here.

Creek CleanupThe effort was organized in 1984 when Mayor Tony Knowles called for a group of citizens to organize around improving the health of creeks. The event  spawned the Anchorage Waterways Council—which still tirelessly protects, restores and enhances the creeks of Anchorage. Anchorage Waterways Council  organizes this event each year through generous financial and inkind donations from the Municipality, the business community, and individuals. "


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