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Meet Jimena Cuenca, an intern at the Chugach National Forest!

Jimena Cuenca is a Student Conservation Association intern for the Chugach National Forest! She coordinates outreach for the forest with a specific focus on increasing volunteerism and engaging new audiences. Prior to working on the volunteer program, Jimena did field work related to migratory birds out of the Chugach National Forests’s Cordova Ranger District as [...]

Chugach Children’s Forest Alum Joins AKGEO’s Education Staff

We are thrilled to welcome Reth Duir, Chugach Children’s Forest, SCA, and NOLS alum - and one of the Arctic Youth Ambassadors - to our education staff! Reth will be working part-time to help implement our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Urban Refuges grant with the US Fish & Wildlife Service; “Empowering Anchorage’s youth [...]

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments Pour in From Across Alaska

Thousands of Christmas ornaments that will adorn the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree have poured in from communities across Alaska. Alaska Geographic and Chugach National Forest staff members and volunteers are hard at work packing up these ornaments, which will soon be sent to Washington D.C. The ornament project had multiple objectives; 1) to bring communities [...]

CCF Teens Share their Voice in Washington DC

(Photo Credit: The Joy Trip Project) Isabel, Tristan, Noelani, and Gloria are four Alaskan teens who traveled to Washington DC as representatives of the Chugach Children’s Forest. The occasion? To celebrate the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which made a 4,000-mile cross-country journey from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest to the nation’s capitol. In [...]

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments Highlight Polynesian Culture in Alaska

It might surprise people outside of Alaska to know that Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures thrive in Anchorage and their biggest celebration of the year is Polynesian Cultural Day in June. This year the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic joined the fun! Together we hosted an ornament-making event at the Polynesian Cultural […]

Leadership Development Kayak Expedition

In June the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic hosted a Leadership Development Kayak Expedition for alumni of previous Chugach Children’s Forest Expeditions. Teens from urban and rural communities across Southcentral Alaska spent six days in Prince William Sound improving their kayak skills, and learning more about way-finding, trip planning, local ecology, natural history, and Leave No Trace principles. In […]