Lowbush Cranberry
Lowbush Cranberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea blooms in woods, tundra and alpine slopes in June and July. The berries are tastiest after a September frost. Also known as Lingonberry. Photo by Glenn Brown

Community Events

This page is a compilation of events from many sources that are of interest to professional and amateur gardeners, botanists, and naturalists of all kinds. To include your event here notify the webmaster.


Anchorage Audubon and Alaska Native Plant Society joint field trip!! Sunday June 12, 2016 Reminder: wear shoes/boots for hiking from 7:30 till about 2 or 3pm, uphill first half, bring lunch and water, binoculars if you want, flower book if you want. Bring rain jacket as goes rain or shine. $5 parking in self supporting non profit Anchorage Ski Club lot. Could have mosquitoes and might need sunscreen!! Directions: Glenn Highway, Arctic Valley exit. Arctic Valley Road up and to the end.

Intro to Ethnobotany July 7- 15, 2016 - Bethel, AK
Ethnobotany certificate program class in Bethel July 7-15, 2016- Please visit http://www.uaf.edu/drumbeats/ethnobotany/ for more information or to register.

Mushrooms of Denali August 10 – 12, 2016
$432 Alaska Geographic Member Price ($480 Non-Member Price)
Late summer showcases a wealth of mushrooms throughout interior Alaska. Join renowned mycologist Dr. Gary Laursen in Denali and learn various techniques for identifying native wild mushrooms. Taking clues from the landscape, we’ll hone our observation skills to help recognize fungal friends and foes. We’ll gain experience using field guides and learn how making spore prints assists in mushroom identification. We'll learn about the myriad of roles mushrooms play in Denali's vastly different environments as we gain an appreciation for wild mushrooms and how they influence our lives. Participants will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included in the course fee. Professional development credit is available through UAA. For more information or to register, go to http://akgeo.org/field-courses/ , email courses@murieslc.org or call 907-683-6432.

Alaskan Plants as Food and Medicine Symposium Sept 11-13, 2016 Alaska Native Heritage Center , Anchorage. http://alaskanplants.com/ for more information or to register.

Alaska Botany Forum (formerly the Rare Plant Forum). Monday-Tuesday October 17-18, 2016 Fairbanks, AK
The National Park Service will host the 2016 Alaska Botany Forum Monday-Tuesday October 17-18, 2016, 9am to 4:30 pm daily at the NPS Alaska Regional Office 4175 Geist Rd Fairbanks, AK 99709.
A great place to meet others interested in rare plants, ecology and to hear the latest research in Alaska and the Yukon. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Bird Walks, Outdoor Week and more.... Check out the many year round events at the Campbell Creek Science Center.

  • Cooperative Extension Service. Many programs are offered throughout the year and around the state. Check their website for the latest events.

  • Public Lands Day. Some Saturday in September each year. This annual event is held at the Cambell Creek Science Center and affords fun events for the whole family as well as an opportunity to participate in conservation efforts such as tree planting and trail maintenance with other volunteers at the Campbell Tract.

  • National Trails Day. Some Saturday in June each year. This annual event is held at the Cambell Creek Science Center and affords fun events for the whole family as well as an opportunity to participate in conservation efforts such as trail maintenance with other volunteers at the Campbell Tract.

  • Eagle River Nature Center . At the end of Eagle River Road, this is a great place to go for local nature events. Check their website for calendar of events and directions.

  • Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats. This group also has local hikes. Click for a calendar of their events.

  • Alaska Botanical Garden. This is a great place to see native plants growing. Programs for adults and children.

  • Begich Boggs Visitor Center. Located in Portage Valley, the Begich Boggs Visitors Center has information about the Chugach National Forest, local ranger programs as well as a learning center for students.

Alaska Native Plant Society  PO Box 141613  Anchorage, Alaska 99514
Last updated May 15, 2012

Moneses uniflora
Single Delight, Moneses uniflora, growing with Star moss, Polytrichum sp. Also called Shy maiden, this woodland flower blooms in midsummer in much of Alaska.