Day Trips & Special Events


Summer Day Trips 2015

To sign up for a day trip,
call the OLLI office at 474-6607 OR do it yourself online:
CLICK HERE to go to our online registration site.
   Log in. (Use the "forgot password" link if you need to have your username and password emailed to you.)
   Select "2015 Day Trips" as the semester; then click "Search."
   The registration process is the same as for classes. OLLI doesn't collect any fees for day trips, but some of the events require you to pay the vendor directly.


Superior Pellet Fuels Wood Pellet and Compressed Log Manufacturing Facility

The SPF Fuel Pellet Facility
Superior Pellet Fuels Facility

Date: Monday, June 8
Time: 11:00 am at the facility
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: Free

Maximum: 20


SPF is the only large-scale wood pellet manufacturer in the state of Alaska. The facility became operational in 2010 and is capable of producing 30,000 tons of wood pellets and 3,000 tons of compressed logs annually. These clean-burning, renewable fuels provide lower cost heating options while helping reduce particulate emissions for air quality purposes. 100% of the raw materials come from Alaskan resources and greater than 90% of the finished products are consumed in Interior Alaska.

Please join us for a tour showing the entire mill process for both wood pellets and compressed logs. The tour is indoors and outdoors. Wear good walking shoes.

Sign up online or contact the OLLI office at 474-6607. The facility is between North Pole and Fairbanks; we'll email detailed directions approximately a week before the event.

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David Brown's Garden

Date: Wednesday, July 8
Time: 2:00 pm, rain or shine
Meet: At the garden
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free
Maximum: 25

Flowers and vegetables surround David’s home and greenhouse, reflecting his passion for gardening. He designed and built the two-room greenhouse himself. In the summer it is bursting at the seams. He now runs a small business and sells his extra plants in addition to beautifully arranged hanging baskets. David is happy to tour his garden with you and answer your questions.

Sign up online or contact the OLLI office at 474-6607. The garden is between Fairbanks and North Pole; we'll email detailed directions approximately a week before the event.


Sarah Bernhardt variety peony
Sarah Bernhardt Peony

North Pole Peonies

Date: Thursday, July 9
Back up date: July 16 (if July 9 is raining hard)
Time: 2:00 at the farm
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $5 paid directly to Marji Illingworth
Maximum: Flexible. Please sign up so we can tell NP Peonies how many people to expect.

Lilyvale Farm is the home of North Pole Peonies. Owners Marji and Ron Illingwooth have been growing peonies for the cut flower trade since 2003 and are founding members of the Alaska Peony Growers Association. Growing peonies is a long-term venture and they are trying to do so using sustainable agriculture practices. Almost 15,000 plants are in the ground now and they are expanding every year adding new varieties, color selection, and increasing the number of plants. The Alaska Peony Growers Association provides support and assistance to its members in all aspects of growing, processing, transporting and marketing of peony plants and flowers.

Sign up online or contact the OLLI office at 474-6607. The farm is located off of Eielson Farm Road; detailed directions will be sent approximately a week before the event.

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Historic F. E. Company Gold Camp at Chatanika

showing the historic F.E. Gold Camp
Historic F.E. Gold Camp

Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 10:30 am
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: FREE
Maximum: 30

***CHANGE as of 7/22/15: The Gold Camp will provide coffee and cookies at no charge to OLLI participants, but there will not be an option to purchase lunch. You are invited to bring your own picnic lunch.***

The Fairbanks Exploration (F. E.) Company Gold Camp, a National Historic Site, opens its doors to the public for one month in the summer. Spend a special afternoon touring the camp, guided by the owner Marlene Bach and her sister Valerie Scullion.

The original bunkhouse and mess hall was built in 1923 to house and feed the dredge hands who worked on Gold Dredge #3 in the Chatanika Cleary Valley. The F. E. Company was the local subsidiary of USSR+M (US Smelting, Refining and Mining). The Gold Camp still retains its original rustic style, charm and flavor. The tour includes a short walk uphill to the original one-room schoolhouse that was moved from “Old Town” Chatanika in the 1930s when dredging caused a number of dwellings to vacate that area. It is now a museum. Near camp on the Old Chatanika Road is Leonard Seppala’s cabin. He was Davidson Ditch (DD) Foreman and was one of the dog mushers in the 1925 serum run to Nome that is remembered with the Iditarod race. The camp was closed in 1963, the last year of operation for gold dredge #3 in Chatanika. In the 70’s the bunkhouse became a restaurant, hotel and saloon. To this day it remains original with a few minor changes. The current owner grew up in Chatanika and purchased the camp in 2008. A rotating movie from 1920 – 1950 will be shown during lunch.

Directions:
Historic F.E. Gold Camp is located on the Steese Hwy Mile 27.

Sign up online or contact the OLLI office at 474-6607.


Black Diamond Horse-drawn Covered Wagon Adventure in Healy

View of the driver and horses from inside the wagon on the trail
Horse-drawn wagon on the trail

Date: Thursday, August 20
Time: 2:00 pm at the Black Diamond Restaurant in Healy or
Meet: 11:00 am Ester Community Park
Duration: 3 hours including dinner
Cost: $71.00 paid directly to outfitter

Maximum: 45

Date: Thursday, August 20
Time: 2:00 pm at the Black Diamond Restaurant in Healy or
Meet: at the Ester Community Park at 11:00 am to arrange carpooling.

Duration: 3 hours including dinner
Cost: $71.00 paid directly to outfitter
 

Take the day off for this wilderness ride and get a real sense of old-time Alaska. Travel by horse-drawn wagon like the original pioneers did. While guides talk about the area’s history and natural treasure, you’ll be pulled by beautiful draft horses through the Alaskan tundra with the mountains of nearby Denali National Park hovering overhead.

The relaxing ride out to the pavilion takes almost one hour. Once you arrive, enjoy a good, freshly prepared meal served family style by Black Diamond’s staff. After you have finished your feast you have a chance to meet the horses that brought you to this remote location. Take a walk to the shores of nearby Otto Lake to stretch your legs; then enjoy the wagon ride back to your car.

Sign up online or contact the OLLI office at 474-6607.

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