Calendar of Events
|May 15 - 20||Excursion Petersburg|
|Tues, May 21||1:30 - 3:00||Book Club NWL Conference Room|
|Mon, June 3||University Trails walk|
|June 4 - 10||Excursion Beaver Creek Float|
|Fri, June 14||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
|Mon, June 17||2:30 - 5:00||Field trip Permafrost Tunnel|
|Fri, June 21||Angel Rocks Hike|
|Mon, June 24||10:00 AM||OLLI Board meeting|
|Thurs, June 27||3:00 - 5:00||Field trip Grass seed Farm|
|Thurs, June 27||Triple Lakes Hike at DNP|
|Wed, July 10||9:30 - 12:30||Field trip Usibelli Coal Mine|
|Fri, July 12||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
|Thurs, July 18||1:00 - 3:00||Field trip NP Peonies Farm|
|July 25 - 29||Excursion Lake Minchumina|
|Mon, July 29||10:00 AM||OLLI Board meeting|
|Aug 5 - 11||Excursion Kennicott & Iceberg Lake|
|Fri, Aug 9||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
|Fri, Aug 9||Healy Overlook Hike|
|Mon, Aug 12||9:00 AM||Field trip In Search of Migrating Birds with Frank Keim|
|Mon, Aug 26||10:00 AM||OLLI Board meeting|
|Wed, Aug 28||Birch Hill Trails Hike|
|Sept 3 - 5||Excursion Denali Park|
|Mon, Sept 9||Fall Session I begins|
|Fri, Sept 13||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
|Mon, Sept 30||4:15 PM||OLLI Board meeting|
|Mon, Oct 7||Add on week I begins|
|Fri, Oct 11||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
|Mon, Oct 14||Fall Session II begins|
|Mon, Oct 28||4:15 PM||OLLI Board meeting|
|Fri, Nov 8||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
|Mon, Nov 11||Add on week II begins|
|Mon, Dec 2||10:00 AM||OLLI Board meeting|
|Fri, Dec 13||6:30 PM||Rock Hounds room 154|
Summer Field trips
Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility Tour
Activity level: Moderate
Monday, June 17, 2013
Time: 2:30 – 5:00 PM (2 consecutive tours)
It is difficult to describe the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility in a few sentences. The Permafrost tunnel was excavated from 1963–1969 for the study of permafrost, geology, ice science, and the mining and construction techniques specific to permafrost environments. It is best to see the fascinating features of the tunnel yourself , including frozen animal bones, preserved plant life, and various types of ice formations .
Experienced permafrost tunnel guide Peter Prokein will be sharing his knowledge and answer questions about the tunnel. Please note that the tunnel is kept under 28 degrees at all times. The ground is uneven and sometimes slippery. It can get quite dusty as well. It is required that you wear closed-toed shoes and recommended to bring your winter jacket. The tour is 1 hour long, including safety briefing and 40 min underground. The group will meet at the tunnel visitors’ center located near Fox. There is a maximum of 15 people per group on a first-come first-served basis. (30 participants total)
If you would like we can all meet after the tour at the Silver Gulch for dinner.
Please contact the OLLI office 474-6607 to register.
“The Project” Grass seed Farm Tour
Activity level: Easy
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Directions to the farm: Drive south on the Richardson Hwy. Turn right onto Eielson farm road. Go 4 3/4 miles and turn right on Saw mill trail and follow the Smith signs to the farm. There is plenty parking available. If it should rain this field trip will be moved to the next day Friday, June 28.
We need a head count, please register with the OLLI office 474-6607
Usibelli Coal Mine Tour
Activity Level: Moderate
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
If you like licorice you probably remember coal candy from the Usibelli Coal Mine booth at the state fair. Long time Alaska resident and Usibelli Coal Mine employee Bill Brophy is giving OLLI the opportunity to tour the coal mine and show us real coal. Bill has worked 12 years at the mine and is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge with visitors. The coal mine is located in the mountains of the Alaska Range near Healy, 115 miles south of Fairbanks. Please join us for a 2 – 3 hour guided tour. Upon arrival at the gate, Bill will go over safety procedures and have visitors sign a waiver. The tour starts at the Usibelli Coal Mine headquarters where you will hear about the 70-year history and state-of-the- art engineering of the mine. The tour then continues by van through the coal pit, dragline and modern mining equipment. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. The group meets at the gate at 9:30 AM. Please count on 2 hours driving time to Healy and time for Lunch in Healy after the tour. The number of participants is limited. Spaces will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
Please contact the OLLI office 474-6607 to register.
North Pole Peonies Farm Tour
Thursday July 18, 2013 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Take the afternoon off and join us for a visit at North Pole Peonies Farm, located 15 Miles outside of North Pole near Eielson Air Force Base. Marji Illingworth is leading a 2 hour tour through the farm. It is a treat to see and experience the fields with their many varieties and stunning peony flowers.
Cost of the tour is $5 per person collected on site. Restrooms available.
Please get directions to North Pole Peonies on the website (click below).
In Search of Migrating Birds with Frank Keim
Activity Level: Active
Monday, August 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 for an all day field trip
Frank Keim will lead a birding field trip to Wickersham Dome in search of migrating birds like the wheatear and American pipit. In past years we have seen them up there at that time of year.
We will meet at the Fox Store at 9:00 am and carpool from there. Bring binoculars, bird book, lunch and rain coat. Contact Frank Keim at 451-9308.