by Erin Kirkland, Executive Director
Even Alaska families need reminders now and then to remind their kids about the benefits of outdoor play. We may live in one of the most wild places in the world, but our children are still party to the busy schedules of families everywhere.
That's why Alaska Huts is proud to be partnering up with the National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day project, held each may in celebration of youth, public lands, and adults' commitment to both. It's been a part of my family's spring since the first event in 2011, and we're thrilled to pass along the love to this organization.
The Manitoba Spring Work Weekend happens to fall on May 19, the same as Kids to Parks Day, so Operations Manager Mackenzie Barnwell and I thought we'd make it a full schedule of work and play for all ages.
Families are welcome to the event held at Manitoba Cabin and Yurts along Mile 48 of the Seward Highway. Look for our welcome table in the pullout, and enjoy a guided walk to the cabin and a tent of fun, just for kids. We'll have crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to check out the property if you've never been before.
Mackenzie and her team will be conducting springtime maintenance and general spiffing up of the property before another busy summer season, and kids are welcome to enjoy their own activities while parents put in some time making this historic area shine.
Kids to Parks Day 2018 is looking to bring more than 430,000 youth into the nation's public lands on May 19, and wouldn't it be fantastic if Alaska Huts Association brought a few more?
Parents, caregivers, and other groups with children attending Kids to Parks Day should bring the following:
- Sturdy shoes suitable for walking in all kinds of terrain
- Raingear, gloves, hats, and non-cotton layers of clothing
- Sack lunches, water, and snacks for hungry kiddos (breakfast too, if you're spending the night)**
- Backpacks for stashing gear (there will be lots of people!)
**If you are spending the night, RSVP immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a bunk. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow for each family member. Tenting is welcome, but do remember there is NO food or smelly items allowed in tents.
We'll see you there!