2017 Weekly Programming

July & August - 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. Meets Mondays and Fridays 1-4 pm

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.


2017 Scheduled Programs and Events

Friday, April 28 - Spring Break Up Party & Fundraiser in Anchorage: Join us to kick off the season with food, drink, and a silent auction at Resolution Brewing Company in Anchorage (3024 Mountain View Dr) from 5-9pm. Resolution Brewing Company will be donating 20% of beer sales to the WMC.

Saturday, May 27 - Memorial Day Weekend Community Work Party: The Wrangell Mountains Center invites neighbors, alumni, and other volunteers to join us anytime from 12-6pm during our facility and garden work party. Swing by for a few minutes or a few hours. There will be plenty of opportunities for some laughs, meals, and old fashioned manual labor directed toward a good cause. Open to anyone and everyone looking for a good time at the Old Hardware Store and Porphyry Place!

Saturday, June 3 - Spring Bird Walk with Mark Vail: Meet at 7am in front of the Old Hardware Store. Coffee, tea, and coffeecake will be served. Free to members, $5 suggested donation for non-members.

June 16-20 - Abstraction of Place - An Art Quilt Workshop with Maria Shell: Explore the wilds of Alaska through the eyes of a stitcher. Students will capture the landscape of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park with their cameras and use their images to create beautiful abstractions of place.

Monday, July 3 - Kids Making History: Meet at 1:30pm at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. For the seventh 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. This year's guest historian, Sunny Cook, 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.

June 22-August 9 - Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies: A seven-week field-based college course accredited by The Evergreen State College. Students will experience unique combination of rigorous academics, expeditions in remote and trail-less backcountry, and life experience with an off-the-grid park gateway community amidst vast Alaska mountain wildlands. The priority application deadline is April 2nd, don't miss out!

July 13-16 - Family Music Camp: 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.

July 26-31 - The Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop presents Riversong: The Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop is pleased to partner with McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters to host a six-day, five-night adventure in the fabulous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Together we will explore the ways wilderness can help inspire songs, stories, poems, and essays. Activities include an opening reading/performance and craft sessions in the comfort of the Wrangell Mountains Center’s facility in McCarthy, followed by three nights and four days of creative inquiry along the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers. Space is limited to nine student writers/songwriters.

August 1-4 - Youth Geology Camp: As a part of the Mountain Science for Youth programs, the WMC and the Wrangell Institute for Science & Environment (WISE) are teaming up to offer the second annual Youth Geology Camp. Kids will explore and learn on the banks of McCarthy Creek, the hillsides of Kennecott, and the surface of the Root Glacier.

Tall Tales Storytelling Contest and Silent Auction (date and time coming soon): Our annual fall storytelling contest returns for 2017! Bring your best story (or most compelling lies) and join us for this entertaining evening showcasing the creativity of local residents and visitors.

August 18-20 - Mushrooms of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve: Explore the natural environment in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve from this unique perspective with mycologist Dr. Gary Laursen. In this 2.5 day course, we will collect, identify, prepare and/or preserve wild mushrooms of the Wrangells. We will cover information on Southcentral Alaska wild and/or edible mushrooms, their eco-physiological roles and associated laboratory activities directed toward their identification. Participants will gain experience using field guides and learn how making spore prints assists in mushroom identification. Participants will learn about myriad roles mushrooms play in Wrangell's vastly different environments and gain an appreciation for wild mushrooms and how they influence our lives.

Saturday, September 2 - McCarthy Half Marathon and 5 Mile Runs: Race starts at 2pm at Glacier View Campground (Mile 59 of the McCarthy Road). Followed by Spaghetti dinner and awards ceremony at the Old Hardware Store at 6pm. $30 per person registration; $15 under 16. Proceeds benefit the WMC. Register online or at the starting line from 12-1:45 pm.

Stay tuned for more 2017 summer programs and events! You can check out past programs and events here.


“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