Many thanks to Barbara and Steve Johnson and Abe Schmidt for providing a grant to the Nature Center on behalf of the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund managed by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Erin K. Johnson was a beautiful, compassionate, exuberant person. She lived her brief 27 years to the fullest, finding her greatest joy outside exploring wild and remote places with her best friend and husband, Abe; her parents, Barb and Steve; and her extended family of friends and loved ones. A life-long Alaskan, Erin grew up in the mountains, hiking, camping and exploring, especially around her parents' home in Chugiak and the Chugach Mountains.Read More
2019 Owl Boxes Attract Sawhet Owls: The Results by Andrew Fisher Read More
The Nature Center wishes to announce that Samantha Blumenkonig (formerly Samantha Russell, photo below) has taken on Ute Olsson’s duties as Chief Naturalist in 2020. We congratulate Samantha on her new role and wish her great success. Ute is still with us, but she is scaling back her time as she anticipates “semi-retirement”. Ute has served as Chief Naturalist since 2006. Fortunately, we do not bid her adieu, but thank her for all her amazing work. Read More
We honored three people at our December 2019 volunteer celebration for their volunteer service and dedication to the Nature Center. Each has volunteered hundreds of hours of their time over a number of years: Lilly Goodman, Susan Spyker, and Marc Derosier. We extend our deepest thanks to each of them for giving of their time and love to the Nature Center for the community' benefit. We can't thank each of the enough! Left to Right (each volunteer is on the right): Marc Derosier, Susan Spyker and Lilly Goodman. Read More
Samantha Russell, Nature Center Naturalist, married Wolfgang Olsson (yes, that's our Chief Naturalist, Ute Olsson's son!) on August 10, 2019. Congratulations to the happy couple from everyone at the Eagle River Nature Center. Read More
Karen Cottrell of Missouri and Timothy Kane of Washington, DC have joined us this summer to provide visitor services, including daily nature walks. With a wealth of experience, Karen and Timothy have jumped in and started doing everything that needs to be done to make our visitors' experiences terrific. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. A note of thanks to them will go along way. Welcome Karen and Timothy. We hope you love it here as much as the rest of us do. THANK YOU! Read More
Planted pots and gardens are looking better day to day, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Ginny Smith. Ginny, a former resident volunteer, has returned to spend a few weeks helping us make the areas around the building more beautiful this summer. With her green thumbs and love of gardening, we're fortunate to have her here with us. Thank you Ginny! Read More