Written by kids for kids
A Kid's Guide
Places to Visit
Places to Visit
Winner Creek Trail
Kincaid Beach Walk
Turnagain Arm Trail
Alaska Rock Gym
by Ms. Sarah's 2nd/3rd Grade Class
Do you like tall buildings, good food and awesome parks? If you do, Downtown is the place for you. BONG, BONG, BONG I hear the church bells while I am on the Downtown Park Strip playing baseball with my brother. I can also hear festivals and parades and it is super fun!!
Downtown is where I live! To me, the 4th of July is the best holiday because a big parade starts Downtown and comes right by our house. There is also a festival with rides and treats on the Downtown Park Strip. If you ever come to Anchorage, Alaska, stop by Downtown and make sure you stop to say hi to me. DOWNTOWN IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!
South Central Alaska
Written and Produced at Aquarian charter School
Anchorage is a city at the crossroads of the world. No matter if you live in Anchorage, or are here for a visit, you have an adventure ahead of you. Our city is full of things to do, places to see and fun to be had.
Use this guide, written by kids for kids, to explore and enjoy our city and beyond. These are our favorite places and things to do with some history, fun and games sprinkled in. We hope you enjoy your trip!
Kincaid Sand Dunes
Captain Cook Benny Benson
Vitus Bering 1964 Earthquake
Gold Rush Oil Discovery
Early Anchorage State Resources
Denali Alaska Facts
Do you like hand trams over deep gorges and Ewok-like forests? If you said yes, then Winner Creek Trail is the place for you.
First, Winner Creek is not very steep and is good for kids. Most of the hike is more like a walk and is only steep in two parts. There are tall trees that seem so tall it appears as if they are going to fall on you at any second. But they won’t.
Next it has a really cool hand tram that pulls you over a deep gorge. At the end of the tram line, someone pulls a cord that moves the tram. In the late summer there are also blueberries that are DELICIOUS.
Last, it has a really cool bridge over rapids in Glacier Creek that will probably be one of the coolest things you will ever see. The rapids turn into a waterfall. I think everyone should hike Winner Creek.
When you are done with the hike you can mosey on over to The Bake Shop. They have the best breakfast you will probably ever taste. For instance, their pancakes are worth paying 5000 bucks for. After you go to the Bake Shop, on the way back to Anchorage, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful drives in the USA.
~ Torin Connaker
Winner Creek Trail - Girdwood
I love hiking, I hike all the time! In my opinion, the Coastal Trail is the best trail in Anchorage, Alaska!
For starters I think that the Coastal Trail is a good place to see a great view! You get to see planes and you are likely to see “Wanderer” the moose! If you look across the water you will see boats and seagulls and sometimes another part of the "free hand." The "free hand" is an area in Cook Inlet, named after Captain Cook, that looks like a hand with three fingers!
Secondly, the Coastal Trail is a great place to get your blood flowing and your heart pumping! You can get amazing exercise on the Coastal Trail! My mom and I love to hike on it. You can also bike and cross country ski on the trail too!
Lastly, the Coastal Trail is a really fun place to have some family bonding time! It would be fun to talk together for as long as your family will be hiking!
After hiking, you can go to the small ice cream shop at Westchester Lagoon. Plus there is an amazing park there with a cool seesaw at the lagoon!
Near and Far, South Central Alaska is full of things to do
Do you like fishing? Do you like trails with logs that you can jump off of? If you say yes to any of these, go to Halibut Cove.
I think that Halibut Cove has some of the best trails out of Anchorage. The trails are up and down. Sometimes there are blueberries too. There’s also logs that you can jump off of and so much more.
There is much to do in the beautiful waters of Halibut Cove. I think that there’s great paddle boarding and canoeing in the ocean there.
There is also great fishing if you have a heavy weight because the fish like to hang out at the bottom. You can fish for rockfish and halibut. It is so fun!
I think that there are great beaches and great cabins that are very cozy. At the beach, we climbed on the rocks. We lifted up rocks and found hermit crabs and small eels. Low tide is the best time to find things. You can even find starfish.
In my opinion Halibut Cove is the best place to be.
Do you like skipping rocks, playing in mud and running on mud with bare feet? Well if you do, go to the Kincaid Beach and do all of that fun stuff.
Kincaid beach is about a mile down the Coastal Trail from Kincaid Chalet. Once you are at the beach, you can run as fast as you want. Caution: There are some sharp glass shards on beach.
Also, you can jump on rocks one to another. You can run on the gooey mud, but watch out, you can slip off the rocks with seaweed.
Finally, if you stay late enough you can see the beautiful sunset, plus when you get home you are out of energy and have a nice sleep.
Kincaid Beach is a great walk for you!
Woosh! A zipline zoomed right past me. I think that Oceanview Park is a really fun place to take your family, especially if you like to zipline.
To begin, there is tons of room to have a picnic and play in the field. My family loves to eat a sandwich and run around and play on the playground.
Also, you can play tennis and football and basketball on the courts. My sister and I like to play catch. It’s so much fun.
Finally, there’s a giant egg zipline and a normal zipline. I love to play on the ziplines because you can see straight out to the inlet. It is so beautiful, especially the sunset because there’s tons of colors.
My favorite thing of all to do there is to lay down on the soft grass and look at the clouds. I love listening to all the birds sweet little songs.
I think that Oceanview Park is an awesome place to go and every one should go there.
Kincaid Beach Walk
Do you like great views? Well if you say yes Flattop is the place for you.
Flattop is one of the highest mountains in Anchorage and has the best views. When I get to the top I see all of of Anchorage.
I like to have lunch on top of the mountain with my friends. I like to have goldfish with a sandwich and juice box.
Last, I like to run as fast as I can down the stairs. Sometimes I have to stop for people to pass me.
I think everybody should hike Flattop.
Mulcahy Baseball Stadium
Flattop Mountain Hike
If you’re driving along Seward highway, then Potter Marsh is the best place to watch birds up close.
My family loves birds. They know a lot about them. They are fun to watch. There are a lot of different species of birds you can see at the marsh. You can see chickadees, nuthatches, and many more. If you are lucky, you might see a yellowleg. Somewhere around Potter Marsh, there is an owl’s nest. I’ve seen an eagle flying to get food for its eaglets, which are baby eagles. I know that because my family goes to Potters Marsh a lot. One time, there was a bird on the dock we thought it was a yellowleg. Sometimes there’s goose on the other side of the dock.
In August, there are fish in the river. The fish are salmon and they are spawning. They are red and green. Some are tiny and some are black and grey.
You can smell the colorful beautiful flowers. You also can find birds nests in the trees but do not take them down because other birds might use them to lay eggs.
I think everyone should go to Potter Marsh.
Do you like watching sports and do you like baseball? Then go to Mulcahy field where the Bucs and Glacier Pilots play. The Bucs and Glacier Pilots are summer college baseball teams.
In my opinion watching baseball is the best. The fast balls go super fast and you might get to see a home run. You can get cotton candy too.
After a game, you can go to Taco King. My favorite thing is the beef enchiladas. I get it every time. I give Mulcahy Stadium 10 out of 10. I think everybody should go there.
Splash! I make a cannonball in the lake. Jewel Lake is the best place to go swimming!
When you go swimming in the summer it’s busy all the time. So you have as much company as you want. When you are done swimming you can go get ice cream from the ice cream truck there. There are a lot of types of ice cream, like cookies n’ cream.
Also you can go to the park there. And it is a great place to have a water gun fight. When you are tired of swimming, you can play in the sand. You can make a lot of cool stuff.
So that’s why I think Jewel Lake is the best place to go.
Do you like walks, biking, and roller blading? Then come on down to Earthquake Park. I believe that the Coastal Trail here has it all.
The Coastal Trail has awesome trails. Some parts of the trail have good hills that are steep and lots of fun. You can go really fast on them.
Earthquake Park also has great views of the ocean and the mountains from the trails. You can see the mud flats too, they are fun to go on. But be careful, they can be dangerous to go on.
Finally, it has great tunnels that lead to downtown. I love yelling in the tunnels, they make loud echoes under the bridges.
I think everybody should go to Earthquake Park and the Coastal Trail it’s awesome.
~ Aily Pohland
Rainy day or not, the Loussac Library is the perfect place to go. Right when you walk in, you can see a wide open lobby. If you turn left, there is a book drop where you can put your books in one of two slots and watch them go on to the conveyor belt all the way until it disappears into the ceiling. My sister and I like to race by putting our books in at the same time and seeing which one goes on to the conveyor belt first. If you take another left, between some posts, you can see a huge metal sculpture with a mirror on the bottom.
The kid's section is a good place to play. There’s a puppet stand, a play place, and there’s even a special door for kids. This special door is only for little kids. It only goes up to my nose and I’m about 4’9”. There are also computers that you can play games on. For kids 4 and under, there is a Story Time area in a round room where little kids are read to by a librarian and sometimes sing songs.
On the third floor, grown-ups can have a quiet space to work. There are also newspapers from all over the world written in different languages. I like to look at the pop-out map.
After you get some books you can go down to the park and play for a while. If you get cold you can go back to the library and get a snack at the cafe. I love the library, and l think everyone should have a chance to go to the library.
Coastal Trail near Earthquake Park
Balto Seppala Park
Turnagain Arm Trail
I think that Balto Park is one of the best parks in Alaska. First, I think that Balto park is a good park because it’s a wonderful place to walk a dog. There’s a lot of room for dogs to run around and a bunch of other dogs go there.
If you bring your parents there’s a playground that includes some tables and a miniature library. It's an awesome place to climb and play. If you like to read, like me, when there's a breeze, you can climb to the top of the play structure and read a book.
Additionally, it’s an awesome place to fly remote airplanes and helicopters. Once I was flying in a slight breeze, it pushed the plane faster so I turned off the engine and let it glide.
The last reason, is it’s a wonderful place to play almost any game like football/soccer and American football. I love to play tag and sometimes my dad will bring a baseball bat and a softball and hit the ball. There is a huge hill that you can roll and run down too.
I think that Balto Park is a great park for you to go.
I think Turnagain Arm is the best trail because the views are amazing. The sandhill cranes fly by you and make a loud honk. You can see eagles on the mud flats or flying in the sky. Sometimes you can see dead fish from the eagles.
Second, It is a good walk on the dirt trail. There are trees with nests with baby eagles. There are berries in the fall too.
Third, it is also a great view. When you get to the cliffs you can see parasailers on Turnagain Arm. Along the way you can sometimes see all different kinds of animals like bears, moose and birds.
Last, if you keep driving south, when you reach Girdwood you can get an ice cream at Scoops. All the flavors are good. Then when you go home you will have a full belly. I think everybody should take a walk on Turnagain Arm Trail.
Alaska Rock Gym
“Arr arr” the seals played and splashed in the tank at the zoo. In my opinion, the Anchorage zoo is a great place to see really cool Alaskan animals.
First, they have lots of animals. There are black bears, eagles and even a Siberian tiger. My family likes tigers because of the orange and black colors. The grey and black spotted snow leopard is the greatest because they are rare and beautiful. There are also arctic foxes, porcupines and moose.
Next, the trails around the zoo are a nice walk to see each animal in the zoo. It is an easy trail that winds around to each animal.
Last, the cafe has chips and any kind of drink you want. They have a patio to sit on and sometimes there is music.
Go over to the zoo, it’s fun.
Do you love fishing when fish are surrounding you and silver fish are jumping out of the water and biting your fishing bait? Do you love biking on smooth and bumpy trails and going through large forests? If you do, then Hope is the right place for you!
In my opinion Hope is one of the best places to fish because fish are everywhere! They are an inch away from you. I believe they have some of the best fishing in the world or maybe even the universe and they have all sorts of fish including pink, silver and king salmon. If you go in the afternoon the fish are crazy everywhere. I’m tellin’ you, if you are looking for some good fish then hope is the right place for you.
I also love going on the great biking trails. One of them leads you to a park and the other ones leads you to awesome views! But the trails are no ordinary trails, the trails are bumpy and smooth. It makes you feel like you are on an adventure. Oh wait, you are on an adventure! I’m telling you these are like the awesomest trails I have ever been on.
Last, If you love berries then you will love berry picking. They have the best berries there. They are like store bought. That’s how good they are. They have blueberries, and cranberries . The people are so nice there and you can make new friends. The sun set is awesome too. You would also love the camping there. I'm not going to lie, Hope ROCKS!
~ James Steele
The rock gym makes me feel like a giant on those high walls. The rock gym is a great place to visit. Just go in and sign up. You can even rent gear!!!! If your parents don’t know how to belay there are chaperones or you can just boulder.There are two nice people that will greet you.
The bouldering part has a floor of its own. It’s so fun!!!!!!!! And after you can do yoga.
I believe it gives people an opportunity to get over their fear of heights. And after all that hard work, you can walk to Moose’s Tooth and have delicious pizza!!!!
I love the Anchorage Museum and go there every week. It’s so awesome. So trust me when I say, the Anchorage Museum is the best.
There is a place at the museum called the Imaginarium. It is especially for kids so that they can still have some fun while the parents are off somewhere boring.
My favorite place is the maker space. It is where you can make art, build legos, and even see the lizard that is there. He is so pretty with his shiny scales and his green beauty.
Finally if you get hungry you can just go to the snack shack right in the museum. My favorite thing on the menu is hot chocolate and the muffins, “MMMMMMMMMMMM’’!
So I suggest the anchorage museum for you to have some fun.
The sand dunes, at the Jodphur entrance of Kincaid Park, is the best place to play. It’s up on a hill with lots of trails connecting to the sand dunes.
There is a beautiful view of a shining lake with lots of lily pads and dragonflies. The sandy jumps are fun to play on. The sand is really hot and burns but still feels good. It is the best place to have a picnic with a SANDWICH!!!
After you’re done playing, you can go to a great restaurant called Tastee Freez. They serve these delicious cheese burgers and after you’re done with dinner you can move on to an arsenal of ice cream choices for dessert. Tell your parents about sand dunes. I’ll bet they’ll take you.
Do you like or love hiking, swimming, boating, biking, picking berries, and being happy? If you do, Cheney Lake is the place for you. It’s the best place in the world.
In my opinion, Cheney Lake has the best park ever. In the summer, you can exercise there and there’s a playground. The playground has a little slide, a big slide, a sandbox, and a ladder. When it’s winter, you can ice skate and sled down the hill.
The greatest part about Cheney Lake is that there’s a place to hike there. The trail is kind of rocky but fun and safe for the whole family. You can find yummy berries, such as raspberries, and all kinds of pretty pink, purple, blue, and yellow flowers along the way.
Everyone should go to Cheney Lake. Cheney Lake is better than a happy ending in a movie.
Kincaid Sand Dunes
I love playing football, I’ve been playing football for four years. In my opinion, The Dome is the best place to play sports.
First you can play football, rugby, and soccer there. The coaches are really nice too.
Also, the greatest thing about it, is that you can play whatever you want to play after 10:00. They have workout equipment there too. But pay attention to the roof because it has already collapsed.
If you like sports, you will love The Dome. I hope you try The Dome, I have so much fun there.
I love Alyeska Hotel and Resort. You can swim in the pool and see the beautiful view on the tram. This would be a very fun place for you to visit.
First, I would start with the pool. When you are done unpacking, you can go in the deep end and you can jump in the pool. You can also go in the hot tub. Kids can go in too. I know because I go to Alyeska every March. It is awesome.
Next, you can go on the tram to the top. It is beautiful up there. You can take as many pictures as you want of the mountains. Once you get all the way up there, you can have lunch with your family.
Last, when you are done settling from all of swimming and tram rides, you can go downstairs and explore all the restaurants or you can order food off the menu in your hotel room. I would recommend Double Musky too. It has delicious food.
I think everyone should go to Alyeska and have some fun.
Alyeska Hotel - Girdwood
I am a musher. Because of this I love the Iditarod sled dog race. First of all, you should go to the Iditarod start if you like mushing as a sport. Mushing is where you have 1 or a couple more dogs hooked up to a dog sled.
Second of all, you don’t even have to pay unless you want to go get some food.
Third you even get to see the mushers all ready for their trip. It’s also really cool to see the dogs work together.
Finally you can go to the museum after the iditarod start.The museum is downtown. I think everyone of us living should go to the Iditarod start.
Yehoooo!!! If you like fun rides, you will love Fur Rondy. It has good food, fun games, and AWESOME views on the ferris wheel.
The greatest thing about Fur Rondy is that there are tons of fun rides. In my opinion, you should ride The Tornado. It is sooo fast that wind blows in your face.
One thing I love about Fur Rondy is that there are candy apples, caramel apples, and cotton candy.
Another thing about Fur Rondy is that there are fun races including the reindeer run, out house races, and dog sled races.
I think you should go to Fur Rondy, you will love it.
In Alaska, Winter is just as much fun as summer
Rebus puzzles are so much fun. Work on these picture clues to come up with some of our favorite Alaskan things.
Have some fun trying our puzzles . We hope you are enjoying your time in Alaska!
Dena’ina means, “the people.” The Dena’ina were the first people to live in what is now Anchorage. They lived in family groups. They moved seasonally with their resources. Many Dena'ina people still live in Anchorage.
Dena’ina children learned from their parents and grandparents. Boys made bows and arrows. Girls had sewing kits to sew with. They also had other toys that allowed them to practice being adults. Beginning at about two years old Dena’ina boys were taught to be “tough.” Men took them to swim in cold water, and they ran as fast as they could. Girls learned to sew because making good clothes were important to help survive through the winter.
If you want to learn more about the Dena’ina people, you will find lots of good information at the Anchorage museum.
James Cook was a famous sailor, and a brave adventurer who sailed all around the world. Captain James Cook was the man who named Turnagain Arm because the waves and the wind were so bad he had to turn again, and again, and again… So that’s why it’s called Turnagain Arm.
James Cook sailed around the world 2 ½ times. He made his crew eat fruits, vegetables and sauerkraut to prevent scurvy. Scurvy is a disease where if you don’t eat vegetables, and fruits your teeth can fall out or you can die.
James Cook was hoping to find the Northwest Passage and to make astronomical measurements of Venus. He also hoped to map new lands. Cook traveled north and in 1778 he spent two weeks exploring Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Cook died in Hawaii after leaving Alaska.
Elodie Hume and Ezra Engeberg
Izzy Bivins and Anna Kanyer
Do you know why Anchorage is called Anchorage? It is called Anchorage because all the railroad materials that the workers needed to build a railroad were “anchored” in the Cook Inlet.
Anchorage was started in 1915 because the U.S. government wanted to build a railroad. When it was finished it went 470 miles from Seward to Fairbanks. Anchorage was the headquarters and became a big town.
Back then, Anchorage was also called Tent City because there were white tents all over Ship Creek. After the land auction, Anchorage was moved up the hill to what is now Downtown. Today Anchorage is the biggest city in Alaska.
Do you like to sail boats and go on hiking trips? Well then Vitus Bering's trip when he “discovered” , or was the first Westerner to see Alaska, is for you! Vitus Bering was born in Denmark in 1681. His Alaskan journey started in 1725 on his first exploration attempt. He didn’t reach Alaska till his second voyage. Bering explored Alaska in 1741 on his second trip.
To get to Alaska, Bering hiked all the way across Russia. When he got to the water he built ships and sailed east towards Alaska. When he “discovered” Alaska on his second voyage, he also found sea otters. This is important because people wanted the fur to make coats and hats. Russian fur traders came back for the sea otters.
Bering died from scurvy and sickness in 1741. Later they named the island that he died on, Bering Island after him. He was a good explorer and his exploration brought people to Alaska.
Porter Harings and Blake Wichers
GOLD! We found gold! Yayyyyy!!!!!!! Did you know that George Carmack and Jim Mason started the Klondike gold rush in 1896? They found gold on the Klondike River. The gold rush lasted for three years.
A lot of people came to the Klondike by steamship from Seattle to Dyea or Skagway. Then they started walking on the Chilkoot Trail and White Pass Trails. They would get to the golden staircase on the Chilkoot, and weigh their stuff at the bottom of it. The golden stairs is a mountain trail that they had to hike up with their stuff on their back. After they carried all their supplies to the lakes, the Klondikers built boats and sailed 500 miles to Dawson City.
Once they got to Dawson City, most people found nothing. Other people had already found the gold. The merchants, or business people made the most money in the gold rush. The Klondike Gold Rush was a big event and brought many people to Alaska.
Rainey Waitman and Gracelynn McCotter
James Steele and Jazz Abad
STATEHOOD!!! Alaska became a state in 1959. Judge James Wickersham made the first try for statehood in 1916. He did not get statehood for Alaska then. In 1946, Alaska held a vote to see how many people wanted to become a state. The people who wanted to become a state won, 9,630-6,868 so they decided to apply.
In 1955 nine years after the vote, Alaska held a meeting in Fairbanks to write their new laws. In 75 days the men and women wrote what is still called one of the best, if not the best, state constitutions ever written.
Now the people living in Alaska just had to get the president to sign the paper to grant statehood. It still took three more years. They finally got President Eisenhower to sign it in 1959.
There were a bunch of parties after the president signed the paper and Alaskans celebrated and were all over the news. Statehood was awesome for Alaska.
Torin Connaker and Leona Hazlewood
Sawyer Serrano and Aily Pohland
“BRAVO” “BRAVO”!!!!Thanks to Benny Benson, Alaska had a flag to help it become a state. In 1927 Governor George Parks decided to have a contest for kids in grades 7-12 to design a new Alaskan flag.
Benny Benson was a 13 year old boy who designed the Alaskan flag. It inspired many people to believe in themselves and have strength. Benny told the judges that the blue sky in his flag was for the forget-me-not flower. The North Star was for the state of Alaska and the dipper was for the Great Bear constellation symbolizing strength. This is how Benny Benson changed Alaska and helped it become a state.
In 1964 there was a really big earthquake in Alaska. It happened on Good Friday which was March 27. The earthquake shook for more than 5 minutes. The scientific scale for measuring earthquakes goes from 1 to 10. 10 is the strongest earthquake. The Alaska quake was a 9.2 on the scale. It was the second biggest in the world.
In Anchorage there was about 13 to 14 people who died. Some good things happened at the end of the earthquake too. The good that happened was it helped scientists understand how earthquakes happen. Scientists learned that when plates of rock on the earth’s crust rub against each other it makes the earth shake. There were 11 different aftershocks in this earthquake. There is also a place called Earthquake Park in Anchorage. If you go there, it will show you all the damage the 1964 quake did to Alaska.
Luna Brosius and Ruby Kelsey
DENALI!!!! is third tallest mountain in the world. It’s also the tallest mountain in North America. Denali`s peak is 20,310 feet tall. Denali, once known as Mt. Mckinley, was named after president William Mckinley. The wind chills can reach -118.1 degrees. Over 1000 people climb Denali every year.
Chris Cates and Cooper Circosta
Finding oil meant finding money for Alaska. In 1968 geologists from a company called Atlantic Richfield struck oil on the Arctic Coast. It was the thing that changed everything in Alaska.
The oil discovery sparked the biggest rush to Alaska since the gold rush. Lots of people came to Alaska to make the pipeline.
In 1977 the trans Alaska pipeline was finished. It takes the oil from Prudhoe Bay to the port in Valdez. The pipeline is 800 miles long. In Valdez the oil is put into tankers and shipped all over the world. The trans Alaska pipeline took seven years to make and it’s still used today. If you drive on the highway you can still see the pipeline.
Meadow Morris and Liv Crosby
Published May 2018
by Sarah Fineman's 2nd/3rd Grade Class
Aquarian Charter School.
Special thanks to our classroom family and parents for supporting us and searching for photos. Thanks to Lynda VanWinkle for tech support .
Sarah Fineman p. 2, 5, 7, 8, 27; Laura Kanyer p. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18; Janelle Abad Cover, 7, 19; Sondra McCotter p. 4; Carrie Connaker p. 3; Kay Waitman p. 6; Amy Steele p. 13; Kevin Donnier p. 7; Mollie Harings p. 11, 15. Tara Bivins p.12, 18
Historical Photography Credits:
Knik Chief Nikaly and His Family Near Anchorage, Alaska, 1918, National Archives at College Park catalog.archives.gov. National Archives Identifier:532338. Portrait of Vitus Bering, Professor Victor Zvyagin, Moscow Institute of Forensic Expertise, from: commons.wikimedia.org. Captain James Cook, official portrait, 1776, National Maritime Museum, from: commons.wikimedia.org. Klondikers carrying supplies ascending the Chilkoot Pass, 1898, Library University Washington; first published in 1900, "The Klondike, a souvenir", Rufus Bucks Publisher, Seattle, 1900, from: commons.wikimedia.org. Thwaites, John, Tents at Ship Creek, ca. 1916, University of Washington, from: commons.wikimedia.org. Fineman, Sarah, Denali, 2017. Rowe, Abby, Alaska people celebrating Alaska statehood, 1959, University Alaska Fairbanks, from: commons.wikimedia.org. Alaksa Flag from: commons.wikimedia.org. Kanyer, Laura, Moose, 2017. U.S. Geological Survey, Damage to Fourth Avenue, 1964, from: commons.wikimedia.org. Luca Galuzzi, Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, 2005, www.galuzzi.it. Kanyer, Laura, View from South Fork Rim Trail, 2017
Alaska has many resources. Alaska has plants, animals, minerals, and water. Resources bring many people to Alaska. Gold, and oil brought miners to Alaska. Some people come to gold pan and find little or giant pieces of gold or none at all. You can gold pan in Girdwood.
The beauty of the mountains brings people to Alaska. Moose, bears, eagle, birds, halibut, wolves and salmon bring people to Alaska too. You can find moose at Kincaid Park and sometimes running across the road. You can find salmon at Ship Creek, Bird Creek and in Portage Valley. Eagles and other birds are all over Turnagain Arm and Westchester Lagoon or Potter Marsh. We hope you see some of our natural resources.
A Kids Guide
Do you know the coolest things about Alaska? Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. Did you know that the state insect is not the mosquito, it’s actually the dragonfly?
Want to know more about Alaska’s facts. If you do check out the list below.
State tree: Spruce tree
State sport: Dog mushing
State bird: Ptarmigan
State gem: Jade
State land mammal: Moose
State fossil: Woolly mammoth
State insect: Dragonfly
State marine mammal: Bowhead whale
State nickname: The Last Frontier
State motto: North to the Future
Simon Doniere and Eliyah Jay
Xander Shin and Kiana Reed
Map numbers correspond to article page number in book.
1. Downtown Anchorage
2. Coastal Trail/
3./24. Winner Creek Trail/
Anchorage and Beyond Maps
4. Oceanview Park
5. Kincaid Beach
6. Halibut Cove
7. Potter Marsh
8. Mulcahy Field
9. Flattop Mountain
10. Anchorage Loussac Library
11. Jewel Lake
12. Kincaid Coastal Trail
13. Turnagain Arm Trailhead
14. Balto Seppala Park
15. Alaska Rock Gym
16. Anchorage Zoo
18. Cheney Lake
19. The Dome
20. Kincaid Sand Dunes
Downtown Anchorage Locations
21. Anchorage Museum
22. Fur Rondy Start
23. Iditarod Start