2018 Youth Programs

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  • Mountain Arts for Youth, July: 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.

2018 schedule

  • Monday, July 9th: Painting with Alcohol Ink - Naomi Young returns to teach alcohol ink painting on canvas.

  • Monday, July 16th: Stained Glass Mosaics - Gina Merlino will lead us in crafting stained glass mosaics inspired by the beauty of the Wrangell Mountains.

  • Monday, July 23rd:  Printmaking - Learn about a specific type of printmaking, gelatin monoprinting, with Robin Child.  Create an accordion book of layered prints from found objects and textures as well as homemade stencils.

  • Monday, July 30th: Macro Painting - Join Lara Applebaum as we create macro paintings to illustrate another perspective of common natural elements.


  • Mountain Science for Youth,  June & July: 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.

2018 schedule

  • Wednesday, 6/27- Thursday, 6/28: Middle School Geology Camp
  • Friday, 7/13- Saturday, 7/14: Elementary School Geology Camp

    Join local educators and 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.  Adult chaperone required for elementary school participants.

  • Friday, July 6th:  Predators and Prey - Learn about the interconnections of local animals in relation to the food chain with Elizabeth Schafer.

  • Friday, July 20th:  For the Birds - Observe birds, play bird bingo, learn about “preening,” and make a bird mobile and your own birdwatching binoculars with Stefanie Tschappat.

  • Friday, July 27th:  Magnetism - Cynthia Shidner will teach us about the scientific method with magnets.  Geared towards early elementary school aged youth.


  • 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:

  • 6/27: Yoga Poses and Painting
  • 7/11:  Bugs
  • 7/18:  Rock Art
  • 7/25:  Kitchen Chemistry

  • Kids Making History, July 2nd, Meet at 1 pm at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. For the 8th 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 12-15, 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.

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