Special Events — Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

August 1, 2018 at 2:30: Mikah Meyer – All 417 National Parks in One Nonstop Road Trip

Join Mikah Meyer, the man “on a mission to invite people to the outdoors, be a new type of LGBT role model, and share all 417 national parks with the world,” for a multimedia presentation about his journey, the parks, and life on the road! After losing his road trip-loving father to cancer, Meyer planned this route as a spiritual quest to honor him. Thanks to his speaking engagements and donations he receives along the way, Meyer is now two years into his three-year journey to be the first person to visit all NPS sites in one continuous trip. In addition to being featured by NPR, the National Park Foundation, and NBC News, Meyer shares his adventures across multiple social media channels, hoping to inspire others, especially those in the LGBT community, to travel more and see all national parks have to offer. Come with your travel and national park questions, as Mikah will do a Q&A following the presentation!

Meet Mikah and discover his fascinating story hosted by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center,.

The presentation takes place on August 1, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a supporters reception immediately afterward in the Alaska Geographic bookstore.




August 3, 2018: First Friday with Artists Laura Sample and David Personious

Join us for our First Friday art exhibition on Friday, August 3rd, 5-8 p.m. at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Our featured artists this month are Laura Sample and David Personious. Laura Sample lives and works in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she currently focuses on works in pen and ink that illustrate some of the unsung species found in subarctic and arctic climates. Other works include pieces inspired from the human and natural environment, composed of ink, charcoal, and pastels. David Personius is based in Fairbanks, Alaska and carves wooden shorebirds to raise awareness for migratory birds and to call attention to their critical habitat needs.



Writing in the Woods: Youth Camp at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center

The National Park Service will offer Writing in the Woods, a nature-journaling day camp, at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center the week of August 6th-10th, 2018.  The camp takes place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. August 6th-10th and is open to rising 3rd-6th graders.

Piloted in 2017, Writing in the Woods introduces local youth to the practice of keeping a nature journal by integrating science, language arts, fine arts, and outdoor safety and stewardship content into an immersive, nature-based experience. During field trips to three Fairbanks-area locations representing three different environments (tundra, mixed boreal forest, and black spruce bog), participants learn about the natural history of interior Alaska, gain confidence in the outdoors through short hikes, and hone personal and academic skills and abilities including observation, questioning, measuring, scientific illustration, recording detailed written information, personal reflection, and creative writing.  After the program campers will share their experiences with their families, other community members, and out-of-state visitors by displaying their work at the Morris Thompson Center.

Space is still available in the 2018 Writing in the Woods camp. To register contact faplic_educatoin@nps.gov or stop by the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center desk in the Morris Thompson Center from 8:00 am-6:00 pm.Monday through Saturday. The registration deadline is July 23rd.


2018 Cultural Traditions Workshops: funded in part by Conoco Philips Alaska, the CIRI Foundation, ExxonMobil, and Alaska State Council of the Arts

Cultural Immersion: Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fairbanks: Feb 21  with Jorie Paoli, First Alaskans Institute

Fry Bread Making: March 2-3 12pm-4pm with  Dixie Alexander

Beading/Caribou Tufting/Porcupine Quill Work:  March 3-4 with Emma Hildebrand

Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance: March 14-17  – Dance lessons each night from 7 to 8 pm. Learn the Jig, Square Dance, Rabbit Dance, Handkerchief Dance, and Neets’ee’tlyaa!

Open Mic Night: March 15, 7-9pm: Co-hosted by the fabulous Amanda Frank & Tonya Garnett. Come
share your special talent – poetry, singing, comedy, drumming, music, magic.

Snowshoe Making: April 2018 with George Albert

Athabascan Drum Making: May 5-6 with Kenneth Frank

Dry Fish cutting & Smoking and Jarred Pickled Salmon: July 2018 (2 days) with Dixie Alexander

Traditional Medicines:  August 2018 (1 day) with Adrienne Titus

Canvas Boots: Date TBD (2 days) with Sasha Housley

Birch Bark Baskets:  Date TBD (2 days) with Tina Custer

Kuspuk Making: Date TBD (2 days), Instructor TBD

Storytelling – Historical Alaska Native Warriors: Date TBD, 1-night event for Young Emerging
Leaders and invited community

For reservations or information, contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907.459.3741 or cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

Cultural Traditions Workshops are funded in part by Conoco Philips, the CIRI Foundation, ExxonMobil, and Alaska State Council of the Arts