Saturday, February 25, 5 pm WISE Community Dinner and Annual Meeting Kenny Lake Community Hall Join us for an informal evening including dinner, short Annual Meeting, and WISE multimedia presentations.
Friday, March 17, 7pm "Pacific Crest Trail Coddiwomple" A Documentary Presentation with Ray and Stephanie Voley Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center Auditorium and online Ray and Stephanie Voley are two retired Alaska teachers living in Kenny Lake, Alaska. At 61 and 62, they decided it was time to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The video is a pseudo-linear-chronicle of their 2005-mile adventure, but often returns to the two most essential questions each hiker must answer: Why are you making this long trek, and how does the experience shift or change your thinking? This 75-minute documentary focuses as much on the inner journey as on the outward. Ray and Steph will also be demonstrating the ultralight backpacking gear they used.
Saturday, March 25, 6pm Science Lecture: Amazing Microbes! Online only via Zoom Dr. Brandon Briggs from the University of Alaska Anchorage will share his investigations into the microbes and processes that weather minerals, using mine tailings of Kennecott and Root Glacier. Microbes that are adapted to cold environments may hold the secret to new sustainable and efficient process to extract critical minerals. Microbes are amazing! Who knew something so small could be the key to such a big problem?
Saturday, April 1 10am-3pm Family Ice Fishing Day Silver Lake, Mile 10 McCarthy Road We are excited to once again host this popular community event! All are welcome to come out and fish. We will have equipment, bait, and advice for beginners, as well as hot lunch. Prizes for kids.
About Our Name WISE is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 with the mission of providing science and environmental education for Alaska's Copper River Valley. Our full name, Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, references the nearby Wrangell Mountains, a symbol of the place we serve. Science, Environment, and the word Institute were included to show our educational focus. The happy combination of letters giving the acronym "WISE" was a positive factor in the final selection of the name. WISE has no connection or affiliation with the former BIA school known as Wrangell Institute.
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