The Old Hardware Store during spring break 2018

The Old Hardware Store during spring break 2018

2018 Spring Membership Letter

Dear friend of the WMC,

Early spring in the Wrangells is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Snow sliding off roofs with a thud, water dripping, daylight becoming noticeably longer, and the occasional cold-snap among the slowly rising temperatures. Trails are packed by the spring break crowd, there’s an ice bridge over the Kennicott River, and you can ski anywhere you want. The snow line will soon begin slowly moving higher and higher up the hillsides, and the valley will be bustling with summer residents and visitors.

Thank you to all who took part in the Spring Fundraiser either in person or in spirit. We’ll be opening the doors of the Old Hardware Store in only a matter of weeks. We’re excited to announce our new 2018 seasonal staff! Sophie Litteé will be taking on the role of Kitchen and Gardens Manager this summer, and our interns will be Pauline Allen and Carson Smith-Saunders. You can learn more about our staff at www.wrangells.org/staff/

 Snow covered Porphyry Place with McCarthy Peak in the background

Snow covered Porphyry Place with McCarthy Peak in the background

We have an amazing lineup of programs and workshops this summer for all ages. Writers’ workshops, Family Music Camp, lectures from scientists and artists, youth and preschool age programming, and tall tales are all ways that you can be a part of our mission this summer. Also returning to the WMC for the fifth time is the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Summer School in Glaciology.

As many of you know, the College Program was resurrected last summer with the help of our friends at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington as the Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies. We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with Evergreen and about bringing more college students to the Wrangells. As part of the process of re-establishing the college field course, it was collectively decided that the most beneficial next step would be to spend the next year planning for 2019 and continuing to develop our partnership. Though we won’t have the Field Studies course in McCarthy this summer, we are full steam ahead preparing to recruit faculty and students for the summer of 2019.

 Nate Anderson on the Nizina River - March 2018

Nate Anderson on the Nizina River - March 2018

If you have any questions, want to volunteer, or would like to know what we’re up to, don’t hesitate to email, give us a call, or stop by at the Old Hardware Store. Our mission is made possible by you, our generous supporters and Wrangells enthusiasts.

Many thanks,
Nate Anderson, WMC Executive Director

Click HERE to learn how you can help support the WMC today.

Interested in joining us for a program or workshop this summer? Check out our schedule HERE or contact us at info@wrangells.org