The Skilak Lake informational hike with Ted Bailey was just one of a host of events offered by the Kenai Watershed Forum this summer. And the best thing about them is, they're completely free.
The forum is a nonprofit group dedicated to education and conservation efforts within the Kenai River watershed. That means just about any type of recreational outdoor activity fits with its mission, as long as you're willing to sweat just a little.
Included in the KWF summer program are a nature hike focusing on willow trees, a lecture on mushrooms, a rafting trip, a geology lesson, a historical tour of early peninsula cabins and several other events. Basically, anything the forum thinks will get people outdoors, having fun and learning at the same time qualifies, according to Elyse Williams with the forum.
"This year we have a lot of mini-courses. And we're just now starting to get it moving," she said following the Bailey hike.
Williams said the key to the program's success is the array of knowledgeable people in the area who are willing to donate their time and experience.
"So many professionals are more than happy to share their knowledge. There's a great group of people in Kenai and Soldotna," Williams said.
The next event in the Kenai Watershed Forum's summer program is a Alaska flora mountain walk with willow tree expert Dominique Collet. The walk begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and will wind through the hills of Cooper Landing. Participants should bring a bag lunch, and expect to be hiking until around 4 p.m.
For more information on any of the forum's upcoming summer programs, call 260-5449 or visit their web site at www.kenaiwatershed.org.
-- Matt Tunseth
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