Family Fun Camp with Erin Kirkland

 

Bring the entire family to camp at Manitoba Hut! Spend a weekend learning about nature and outdoor fun through a variety of activities involving moms, dads, grandparents, friends, or caregivers.

Led by Alaska family travel and outdoor recreation advocate Erin Kirkland of AK on the Go, participants attending Family Camp will sleep in yurts, create nature-themed crafts, enjoy group games, and relax around the campfire in the scenic surroundings of Manitoba’s historic area.

Who should attend Family Camp? 
Caregivers and children of any age are welcome at Family Camp, however, daily activities will be geared toward kids age 4 and up. There is no experience required for Family Camp participants other than an open mind and a willingness to work as a team in within Manitoba’s rustic environment. 

What is the level of activity at Family Camp? 
Manitoba Hut is reached via a 3/4-mile hike from the Seward Highway parking area to the cabin. During the day, we will be active; hiking up to three miles as a group, and playing active games. 

 

Babes in the Woods with Jennifer Aist

Make 2016 the summer you and your new baby hit the trails of Alaska. Get ready for your summer adventures June 3-5 at the Manitoba Hut on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. This posh camping spot, just a short walk from the parking lot is the perfect location to learn the essentials of camping with babies and toddlers. 

Join Jennifer Aist, founder and director of Providence Alaska Medical Center's parenting and childbirth education program, Parenting with Providence, author, and wilderness educator for a weekend that will leave you confident in your skills of cooking, tent pitching, sleeping, packing babes and even bear awareness. This class is specifically designed for parents with children under 5 years of age.

Learn about if breastfeeding attracts bears, how to set up a tarp in the rain, how to carry the baby and your gear backpacking, how to keep your baby warm and safe at night, how to be bear safe, and much more to certify your little one as a true Babe in the Woods.

 

24 Hours of Alaska Photography with Alaska Photo Treks

In conjunction with Alaska Photo Treks, we're offering a special overnight photography workshop at the rustic Manitoba Cabin.  

Departing Anchorage at 6:00PM on Friday, we'll start with a photo tour down the Turnagain Arm in the Alaska Photo Treks Sunset Safari Van and chase good light throughout the evening. We'll allow for plenty of time to photograph landscapes, and possible wildlife at a number of scenic locations along the way and you'll be able to receive on-one-one instruction and guidance from your two professional photographer guides, Dan and Jody.

After crossing over Turnagain Pass and winding through the Kenai Mountains, we'll arrive at the cabin late in the evening, with time to relax with the camaraderie of your fellow photographers and enjoy the rustic nature of the hut before retiring to the bunk house or one of the two yurts.

After breakfast on Saturday morning, we'll spend time exploring our surroundings, hiking, taking in the scenery and shooting photos, while learning new techniques from your guides. We'll hold a number of short lessons designed to help you get the most from your camera and continue to provide personal instruction, all so that you can leave with a much better understanding of your equipment and how to use it more effectively to create eye catching photos. We'll even have a few Fujifilm X Series cameras on hand for you to try out if you like!

We'll drive back on Saturday late afternoon and have you back in Anchorage by 6:00PM, hopefully with a host of new photography techniques in your bag of tricks!

The Kenai Peninsula is a lush, sparsely populated region filled with greenery, wildflowers and dramatic mountain vistas. It's an ideal setting for capturing a variety of outdoor photography subjects and practicing different creative techniques. And, there's always a chance to spot wildlife; there's certainly an abundance of animals on the Kenai!