“Alaska is one gigantic field seminar and the Wrangell Mountains Center has 13 million acres for its classroom. As much as I’ve tried to be attentive to my landscape, to its flora and fauna, I realize how much I don’t know. Thanks to programs at the WMC, artists, writers, and citizen-naturalists continue to be awed and inspired”
— Kathleen Tarr

Our program roster is a work in progress and we will be updating it frequently through January and February, 2015! Please check back for unfolding details and write to us with any questions. 

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Spring Break Up Celebration and Fundraiser in Anchorage: 6:30 pm at 11101 Magnolia Street in Anchorage. Join us to kick off the season with food, drink, music by the Pilot Cracker Playboys, and a silent auction. $15 suggested donation.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Community Work Party: The Wrangell Mountains Center invites neighbors, alumni, and other volunteers to join us anytime during our facility and garden workparty. Open to anyone and everyone looking for a good time at the Old Hardware Store and Porphyry Place! Swing by for a few minutes or a few hours between 10 am and 5 pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for some laughs, meals, and old fashioned manual labor directed toward a good cause.

June 17-20, 2015 - Natural History Field Sketching with Kristin LinkThis course combines science and art in a unique approach to learning about the natural world. Participants will explore the environment surrounding McCarthy, Alaska within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park while experimenting with different field sketching techniques. By learning new ways to study their surroundings, and sharing and building on working methods, workshop participants will come away better equipped to appreciate and experience natural environments.

July 3, 2015 Kids Making History with Maria Shell: Meet at 1 pm at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. For the fifth year running, The WMC will partner with the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum for this afternoon event. We’ll start at the Museum for a look at what kids did back when McCarthy was an active mining town. From there, a guest historian will lead the group on a walking tour of downtown with an emphasis on what it was like to be a kid in McCarthy years ago. Back at the WMC, the group will then document their own stories. This information will be archived at the museum--helping to create a living document of  today’s Kennecott Kids.  All ages of children are welcome to join us in learning about McCarthy while also documenting their own moments in history! $5 per participant. Learn more about youth programs.

July 16-19, 2015 - Family Music Camp with Mary Schallert and Brian DeMarcusSummer camp is not just for kids. At the McCarthy Family Music Camp, all family members get to enjoy learning and playing music with others, accompanied by the melodies of some of Alaska’s biggest glaciers and most inspiring mountain scenery. During our tune-filled, action-packed folk music camp, families will engage in multiple instructor-led group sessions and classes. Family members will have opportunities to play together, as well as with individualized peer sessions. Craft activities for youth and exploration of the Wrangells environs will round out the fun.

July 24, 25, & 26, 2015 - Sew Fun with Maria Shell: Any and all sewing projects are welcome. Make new curtains for your cabin, learn how to make pillows or pajama bottoms, or learn the basics of quilting making by using patterns or creating your own designs. If it involves thread, cloth, and stitch it will be a great project for this workshop. You pick the project, and Maria will help you make it a reality. Sign up is by the day - come for one or all three. A sewing machine and basic sewing skills and tools are recommended but not required. A small materials fee for use of sewing machines, tools, and fabric will be applied to those who use them.

TBA - Tall Tales Storytelling Contest and Silent Auction, at the New Golden SaloonBring your best story (or most compelling lies) and join us for this entertaining evening showcasing the creativity of local residents and visitors. This delightful and sometimes raucous annual summer fundraiser is co-sponsored by the McCarthy Lodge and features a silent and live auction. $20 entry fee for storytellers. Winner receives a $500 cash prize, courtesy of the McCarthy Lodge. 14 story tellers max, sign ups on site at 7:30 pm, event starts at 8 pm.

Saturday, September 5, 2015 - McCarthy Half Marathon and 5K:  Races start at 2 pm at Glacier View Campground at mile 59 of the McCarthy Road. $30 Entry Fee; $15 under 16. Proceeds benefit the WMC.


June & July - Mountain Arts and Sciences for Youth programs invite youth (and enthusiastic parents or caregivers) to join artists, naturalists, and scientists for a series of  workshops for kids designed to connect them with the natural world around them. Program Director Lara Applebaum.

June-August Summer Arts & Lectures Series promotes the arts and sciences as integral and necessary components of an educated and enlightened existence. This program is organized to inspire personal discovery, creativity, and intellectual inquiry and to sustain an inclusive community by presenting relevant, unique, entertaining, and diverse events including performances, films, and lectures in the Kennicott Valley. Most of our lectures and arts presentations are free to members and highlight the incredible talent housed in or drawn to this small mountain community. This series is sponsored in part by the National Park Service. Many of the events are held in the Kennecott Recreation Hall and others occur at our McCarthy campus. Please check back for an expanding list of specific dates and times. FREE to current members. $5 suggested donation for non-members unless noted otherwise.