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Registration is open for the AK Experience summer camp in Haines. The seven-day residential 4-H camp will take place July 22-28 at the Rainbow Glacier Camp facility and is open to all youths ages 11-18. The camp focuses on outdoors skills and activities, including hiking, fishing, kayaking and harvesting wild edibles. Experienced camp leaders will also teach outdoor cooking, firearms skills and safety, archery, wilderness survival skills, using a GPS and more. Participants will gain a new awareness about conservation issues, resource management and harvest ethics. Read more 

Fairbanks orchardist Steve Masterman will teach beginning and intermediate classes on grafting apple trees. All classes will meet in the Arctic Health Research Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ West Ridge. The beginner class will meet from 6-9 p.m. April 25 or 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27. The intermediate class will meet from 2-5 p.m. April 28. The beginning class will cover the basics of apple grafting, which varieties of apples grow best in the Fairbanks area and which rootstock will be hardy in your location. Participants will graft four apple trees to take home. Read more

Julie Riley will teach a series of vegetable gardening classes that begins April 17 in Fairbanks. Riley, a horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, said five classes will cover everything gardeners need to know to grow and harvest their own food. The series is called Grow Your Own Food: Vegetable Gardening for the Uninitiated. Topics will include garden planning, seed starting, soil preparation, organic soil amendments and fertilizers, and growing warm and cool season crops. Read more 

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