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WMC Summer Programs


Come join us in the Wrangells
Solstice has just past and the days are getting shorter. The Alaska Wildland Studies college students just left for their first week in the backcountry. It feels like the heart of summer here in McCarthy. We still have room in many of our programs. Please peruse the list of workshops below and note some new additions, especially with day programs. To sign up or ask questions please e-mail info@wrangells.org or call 907-242-0515. We hope 
to see you in the Wrangells! 

Kristin Link
Program Development Coordinator
Family Music Camp
July 12-15

with Mary Schellert and Brian DeMarcus

Summer camp is not just for kids. At the McCarthy Family Music Camp, all family members get to enjoy learning and playing music with others, accompanied by the melodies of some of Alaska's biggest glaciers and most inspiring mountain scenery. During our tune-filled, action-packed folk music camp, families will engage in multiple instructor-led group sessions and classes. Family members will have opportunities to play together, as well as with individualized peer sessions. Craft activities for youth and exploration of the Wrangells environs will round out the fun. More

NEW! Sew Fun-- 
A Stitching Workshop
July 20, 21, & 22

with Maria Shell

Learn how to make quilts or blankets out of old jeans, clothing, and t-shirts or receive instruction on how to make your own quilt from a pattern or original design--anything goes as long as it involves stitching and creativity. You pick the project, and Maria will help you make it a reality. You can finishing up last year's quilt from the Creative Cloth workshop or turn your old shirts into a new quilt for your bed. Sign up is by the day--come for one or all three. There will be a show and tell presentation after dinner on Monday. A sewing machine and basic sewing skills and tools are recommended but not required. A small materials fee for use of sewing machines and fabric will be applied to those who use them. More

Writing on the River
July 27-August 1
Two Spots Left...

Join Sherry Simpson, Derick Burleson, and Nancy Cook. The workshop will convene for one full day (two nights) at the Wrangell Mountains Center in McCarthy, Alaska before embarking on a four-day float along the Kennicott, Nizina, and Chitina Rivers.

Introduction to Lichen Identification
August 16-18

With Jessica Allen. 

Explore the surrounding natural environment with a unique perspective. This 2.5-day course will focus on how to identify common species and groups of lichens in the field with a hand lens. It will cover the morphological features of lichens, the vocabulary commonly used to describe them, and useful keys for identification. The workshop will include inside lab examination, outdoor lichen collection, field excursions to diverse lichen habitats, and short evening lectures. The course goal is that each workshop participant becomes able to identify common lichen genera and species in the field and also obtains the tools to independently collect and identify lichens. All levels of interest are welcome. 


Plein Air Painting
August 20-24

with Linda Infante Lyons

Plein air, or field painting, is one of the most direct and satisfying means of painting the Alaska wilderness. The artist is forced to translate emotional and visual information quickly, as light and weather continually shift. Rendering an image that involves the scope and grandeur of the Wrangell Mountains is inspirational and challenging, since one must work to capture the essence of the vast landscape on a two-dimensional surface. This workshop will provide an opportunity to observe, relate, and visually express a personal relationship with this unique natural environment. The workshop will involve both studio and field painting. Instruction will take place at the Hardware Store and also incorporate hikes in the local landscape. It will consider landscape painting with oils, color and color mixing, and composition. Artists will be encouraged to take field notes, photographs, and sketches. Paintings will be displayed in the community at the workshop's conclusion. Participants should provide their own supplies based on the supplied list. More

Natural History Field Sketching & Journaling
August 20-24

with Kristin Link

This course combines science and art in a unique approach to learning about the natural world. Participants will explore the environment surrounding McCarthy, Alaska within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park while experimenting with different field sketching and writing techniques. They will draw on the long tradition of documenting observations about the natural world in a sketchbook. Much of the course will occur in the field studying the unique glaciology and geomorphology of the Kennicott Valley and the Wrangell's flora and fauna. By learning new ways to study their surroundings, and sharing and building on working methods, workshop participants will come away better equipped to appreciate and experience natural environments.

Day Programs
Five days a week with an awesome line-up of instructors. Each class accommodates all levels:
Mondays 6:30 pm at Porphyry Place with Jen
Tuesdays 6:30 pm at Porphyry Place with Stephanie
Wednesdays 11 am at Porphyry Place with Cobi (this yoga session is "mom friendly" with corresponding Kid's Music Camp, bring an extra $5)
Thursdays 5:30 pm  at the Kennecott Rec Hall with Denise
Saturdays 9 am  at the Kennecott Rec Hall with Meghan
$10 a session or $40 for 5 classes (each instructor paid seperately)
Kid's Camp
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am-1 pm at Porphyry Place.
Ages: Walking through age 8
Join our vibrant youth community for this parent supported kid's camp. We'll read books, visit the softball field, take a walk, and play. 
$10 per session per child, volunteer sign-up required after 2nd attendance, or an additional $40 per child.
Mountain Arts For Youth

Nature Collage with Lara Applebaum

Sunday, June 30th  1-4 pm at Porphyry Place  

This workshop will start with a nature walk, where we will each compose a micro or landscape arrangement to capture it with photography.  Then we will use our photographic print as inspiration for a collage created with paper, paint, oil pastels, yarn, and other materials.  Feel free to bring along two-dimensional materials that you'd like to include in your collage or share with others!

Collecting Time: McCarthy Artifact Mural with Gina Merlino

Sunday, July 14th and Sunday, July 21st 1-4 pm at the Hardware Store

Through an afternoon adventure around the wilds we know as McCarthy, Alaska, we can both see and feel the signs of the times. From the pebbles on the banks of McCarthy Creek to the rusted gems of bottle caps hidden just below our feet, one afternoon stroll unveils stories from a lifetime.  Please join us on a hunt for history! We will spend one afternoon (June 14) collecting our 'artifacts', and another (June 21) compiling them into a collaborative mosaic of our McCarthy of today!

Creating a Community Field Guide with Kristin Link

Sunday, July 28th 1-4 pm at Porphyry Place

Join us as we learn about the local flora and together create a plant field guide. We will go on a nature walk and use field techniques including drawing from life, taking notes, and collecting samples to observe the plants that grow around McCarthy. Then we will add to our illustrations with watercolor, plant pressing and prints. Our work will be compiled to create an illustrated field guide for each participant.  

$5 suggested donation per session
Kids Making History
July 3rd, 1 pm at the McCarthy-Kennecott Historical Museum

For the third year running, The WMC will partner with the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum for this afternoon event. We'll start at the Museum for a look at what kids did back when McCarthy was an active mining town. From there, Guest Historian Dianne Milliard will the group on a walking tour of downtown with an emphasis on what it was like to be a kid in McCarthy years ago. Back at the Hardware Store, the group will then document their own stories and drawings. This information will be archived at the museum--helping to create a living document of  today's Kennecott Kids.  All ages of children are welcome to join us in learning about McCarthy while also documenting their own moments in history. 

$5 per person
Mending with Maria
Saturday August 3rd at Porphyry Place
Stop in between 10am and 6pm with your mending projects, Learn to fix your gear, sew buttons, etc. Sewing machines and basic supplies will be available, but no miracles will be performed. 
$5 dollars or donate more if you have a complicated project 
Pickling with Mark Vail
Tuesday August 6th, 4-6pm at Porphyry Place
Go home with a jar of pickles and a recipe. Limit 12 students.
Sign up by e-mailing info@wrangells.org or by calling 907-242-0515
$15 members, $20 non-members
Jams & Jellies with Mark Vail
Sunday August 25th, 4-6pm at Porphyry Place
Go home with a jar of jam/jelly and a recipe. Limit 12 students.
Sign up by e-mailing info@wrangells.org or by calling 907-242-0515 
$15 members, $20 non-members
Summer Arts & Lectures Series
Now posted on the website. Stay tuned, as we'll add more as the summer progresses.


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