celebration of the end of a successful mining
and trapping season and initially featured skiing, baseball, boxing, and not surprisingly, a
dog sled race.
But the eighty-plus-year-old event has
changed with the times and now boasts nearly
fifty “Rondy Round Town” events. There’s a fat
tire bike race with more than 1,000 riders ex-
pected to participate, a blanket toss in which a
lucky participant is flipped as high as twenty
feet into the air, and the Alaska Snow Sculp-
ture competition that features artists crafting
eight-foot cubes of snow into masterpieces.
There’s something fun for everyone happening during Fur Rondy, and the same can be
said for Alaska. R
the train itself and then there’s something
to be said for being able to experience these
vast winter landscapes from the comfort of a
warm railcar,” says Clemens.
Recreation a Bit Beyond the Norm
For those visitors not into viewing Alaska’s
lights, or trekking Denali Park, or a fast spin
on a dog sled, there are other, albeit slightly
unique, recreational activities.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
(AWCC) offers a Walk on the Wild Side tour
throughout the year, which is gaining attention. Visitors to the Center can now sign up
online, and the tours have almost doubled,
says Robin Moore, sales and marketing manager. The tour initially began as a “behind the
scene” experience but has been updated this
year to be more personalized.
“We also offer winter and summer daily
feeding programs that are free with admission. During these programs, our animal
care staff feed the specific animal scheduled
at that time and do a presentation about the
animal: how they came to AWCC, their wild
counterparts, their diets, interesting facts,
and they take questions,” says Moore.
Throughout the year the center offers a
wide range of education programs as well as
a new workshop for volunteers to participate
in called the Animal Enrichment Workshop.
Volunteers participate in building and creating enrichment items for resident animals.
“AWCC is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through education,
conservation, research, and quality animal
care. By taking care of animals and providing
information about their wild counterparts to
the public, we build an understanding of the
animal, their environment, conservation,
and more,” explains Moore.
And last, but certainly not least in terms
of unique recreation, there is the annual Fur
Rendezvous. The ten-day event in Anchorage runs in 2018 from February 23 through
Fur Rondy started in 1935 as a three-day
These two grey
female wolves are
residents at the
Image courtesy of
the Alaska Wildlife
Judy Mottl writes about important issues
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