Program Schedule

Our 2019 Schedule will be coming soon, including our 2019 college Field Studies program. To get a feel for what will be available in 2019, take a look at our 2018 schedule below.

2018 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

July & August - Mountain Arts and Science for Preschoolers invite preschoolers (ages 2 to 5 with caregiver present) to be guided through a nature-themed art activity each week. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch for a group picnic afterwards. Program Director Lara Applebaum. Meets Wednesdays 11am-12:30pm.

June -August - Kids Camp invites pre-school aged youth to get together, play, and explore our mountain community. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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.

2018 Scheduled Programs and Events

Meg Hunt Residency Program: Artists and writers of all genres and stages in their career are encouraged to apply for one of several two-week residencies. The WMC will make selections through a competitive admissions process. We hope to encourage emerging and mid-level career voices as well as mature professionals.

Friday, April 27 - 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). Resolution Brewing Company will be donating 10% of beer sales to the WMC.

Saturday, May 26 - Memorial Day Weekend Community Work Party: The Wrangell Mountains Center invites neighbors, alumni, and other volunteers to join us anytime from 10am-4pm 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!

June 5-15 - International Summer School in Glaciology, UAF Geophysical Institute: WMC is proud to once again host the UAF Geophysical Institute's graduate summer school in glaciology.

June 26-29 - 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 near the abandoned Bonanza Mine.

Saturday, June 30 - Spoon Carving with Tony Perelli: Join Tony Perelli for a Spoon Carving Workshop at the WMC this summer! You can learn more about Tony's woodwork and previous workshops HERE. There are 5 major phases of the course that will be followed by student practice and work. We'll begin with an introduction and safety that will lead into log splitting, design, appropriate technique, and ending with a wooden spoon as the final product. All tools and materials needed will be supplied by the instructor but feel free to bring your own as well. 16 years old and up unless accompanied by an adult.

Monday, July 2 - Kids Making History: Meet at 1:30pm at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. For the eighth 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 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 12-15 - 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 15-20 - 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.

July 26-29 - Women and the Frontier: Memoir writing workshop with women’s history author Marianne Monson: In this writing workshop, we will discover some of the women who traversed Alaska’s frontiers with artist-in-resident Marianne Monson. Through a variety of writing exercises, discussion, and on location prompts, we will explore the concepts of wilderness and frontiers in our own lives. The workshop will culminate in a community word jam at the Old Hardware Store—a literary open mic of original poems, stories, songs, and performance art. 

Saturday, August 11 - Tall Tales Storytelling Contest and Silent Auction: Our annual fall storytelling contest returns for 2018! Bring your best story (or most compelling lies) and join us for this entertaining evening showcasing the creativity of local residents and visitors at the New Golden Saloon.

Saturday, September 1 - 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 2018 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