2017 Youth Programs

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  • Mountain Arts for Youth, July & August: programs invite school aged youth to join artists and naturalists for a series of summer arts workshops for kids designed to connect them with the natural world around them. Program Director Lara Applebaum. $5 per participant.All programs meet from 1-4 pm at Porphyry Place in McCarthy, unless otherwise specified.
  • Friday, July 7th: Watercolor Forests - Robin Mayo from the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment (WISE) will lead us on a nature walk and teach us how to use brushless techniques to create birch and aspen inspired watercolors.  Meets at Porphyry Place from 1-4pm.

  • Monday, July 17th and 24th: Mural Painting - Scientific illustrator Kristin Link, in partnership with the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum, will work with youth to design and paint a kids’ community mural on the local mail shack.  1-4 pm.  Meeting place TBA.

  • Monday, July 31st:  Tile Painting with Alcohol Inks - Artist Naomi Young will guide us through alcohol ink techniques to decorate tiles with vibrant colors.  Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to a group project that signifies the Wrangell Mountains. All materials provided or bring your own tile that you would like to decorate.  Meets at Porphyry Place from 1-4pm.

  • Monday, August 7th:  Rock Art - Join National Park Service archeologists Lee Reininghaus and Allyson Pease as we learn about one of the oldest forms of human communication.  Participants will explore how ideas can be conveyed through pictures and symbols, discover hidden meanings behind contemporary and ancient rock art, and will then create their own rock art.  Meets at Porphyry Place from 1-4pm.


  • Mountain Science for Youth,  July-August: programs invite school aged youth to join artists and naturalists for a series of summer workshops focusing on science and natural history for kids designed to connect them with the natural world around them. Program Director Lara Applebaum. $5 per participant. All programs meet from 1-4 pm at Porphyry Place in McCarthy, unless otherwise specified.
  • Monday, July 10th: Wildlife Exploration - Join science teacher Meghan Nedwick for an afternoon of animal discoveries as we learn about the habitats and adaptations of our wild neighbors.  Meets at Porphyry Place from 1-4pm.
  • Monday, July 10th: Wildlife Exploration - Join science teacher Meghan Nedwick for an afternoon of animal discoveries as we learn about the habitats and adaptations of our wild neighbors.  Meets at Porphyry Place from 1-4pm.

  • Friday, July 28th: Blast off!  Creating Rockets for Data Collection - Put the scientific method into action with educator Cynthia Shidner.  Learn about scientific careers, experimental variables, and data collection as we create and launch film canister rockets.   Meets at Porphyry Place from 1-4pm.

  • Wednesday, August 2nd thru Thursday, August 3rd: Geology Camp - Join the Wrangell Institute for Science and the Environment, local guides, and local scientists for a campout along the Root Glacier Trail.  Explore and learn in your surroundings about glaciology and its relationship with the neighboring boreal forest.  For details, fee, and registration information, please email info@wrangells.org


  • Mountain Arts and Science for Preschoolers - Recommended for ages 2 to 5 with caregiver present.  Participants will be guided through a nature-themed art activity each week and are invited to bring a sack lunch for a group picnic afterwards.  $5 per child.  Meets at Porphyry Place from 11am-12:30pm on the following Wednesdays: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, and 8/9.


  • Kid's Making History, July 3rd, Meet at 1 pm at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. For the 7th 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 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.

  • Family Music Camp, July 13-16, is back again this year. Summer 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.

Banner Photo: Nathaniel Wilder