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Calendar of Events

Following is a month-by-month listing of events on the Hay Flats. Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats encourages community events on the Refuge. If your organization is sponsoring an event or has an announcement you'd like posted, please let us know so we may include it!  Forward details to Alaskans@PalmerHayFlats.org.  In the event of inclement weather, please call
357-8711 or 373-7484 to check on the status of a listed event.

Remember, as stipulated in the Refuge Management Plan, if your group event will include 20 or more persons, you must obtain a permit from ADF&G. Call (907) 267-2812 for information.
 

July, 2014

Saturday, July 19
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 30.5
ALASKANS FOR PALMER HAY FLATS 2014 ANNUAL SUMMER FAMILY FESTIVAL

Join us for a full day of summer fun at Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. This year we have invited local artisans and vendors to participate along with exhibitions by Circus Arts and Alaska Bird Treatment and Learning Center. Miracle Drummers and Dancers will give a mid-day presentation and there will be wooden toy houses for the kids to paint. And of course we will have kayaks to rent for a day of paddling fun on the lake. A wonderful way to spend a summer day at YOUR local Refuge! See our brochure >>

May, 2014

Wednesday, May 28
7 pm ~ 8 pm

Mat-Su College
8295 College Drive
(off Trunk Road)

Room 103, Frank & Sara Machetanz Bldg.
WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS FREE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
FEBRUARY 26 - MAY 28

The final Wildlife Wednesdays free science lecture, a collaboration between APH and Department of Fish and Game, will be held at Mat-Su College campus, Room 103, Frank & Sara Machetanz Bldg. on Trunk Road. The final lecture is by Dr. Todd Rinaldi, discussing urban conflicts with wild moose.

Saturday, May 17
Noon - 3 p.m.
Reflections Lake


ANNUAL MEETING & POTLUCK

Annual Meeting & Potluck, this time at Reflections Lake. Come meet all the other folks who love to eat and support our Refuge, review the Silent Auction items, meet a bird from the Alaska Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, hang out for door prizes and meet your Board of Directors.
Saturday, May 10
9 a.m. - Noon

Cottonwood Creek Public Access & Reflections Lake
ANNUAL REFUGE CLEANUP DAY

Refuge Clean Up Day at Reflections Lake and Cottonwood Creek — Bring your boots and gloves, trash bags provided!
Saturday, May 3
Noon - 2 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
ANNUAL SPRING WALKABOUT

Join us for this easy, guided walk around beautiful Reflections Lake. Bring water, a camera for stunning panoramic reflections of surrounding mountains, and binoculars for songbird sightings along the path and waterfowl on the lake at this gem of a spot along the Glenn Highway. Trail is ADA accessible, with benches for resting along the way. Wear sturdy shoes.

April, 2014

Wednesday, April 30
7 pm ~ 8 pm

Mat-Su College
8295 College Drive
(off Trunk Road)
WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS FREE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
FEBRUARY 26 - MAY 28

Jonathan Stecyk, PhD, UAA, will talk about non-native black fish research at the Palmer Hay Flats.

March, 2014

Wednesday, March 26
7 pm ~ 8 pm

Mat-Su College
8295 College Drive
(off Trunk Road)
WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS FREE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
FEBRUARY 26 - MAY 28

Fran Seager-Boss, Archeologist for the Mat-Su Borough will speak about Dena’ina caches at Cottonwood Creek and Goose bay.

February, 2014

Wednesday, February 26
7 pm ~ 8 pm

Mat-Su College
8295 College Drive
(off Trunk Road)
WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS FREE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
FEBRUARY 26 - MAY 28

Elder Patricia Wade of Chickaloon Native Village shares Ahtna history and cultural stories, combining the old ways of storytelling with modern technology to add a new dimension of excitement.
Saturday, February 15
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 31.5
WINTER FAMILY FUN DAY

Come enjoy winter at scenic and accessible Reflections Lake! Cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate or walk the loop around the lake. Stay warm with campfires, hot beverages and tasty treats as you soak in the beauty of the picturesque spot. Learn how to use the equipment properly, as well as avalanche safety and awareness. Join us for this National Winter Trails Day event and the opportunity to try healthy winter sports.

View our flyer >>

October, 2013

Saturday, October 12
1 pm

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 30.5
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT REFLECTIONS LAKE

The Education Pavilion at Reflections Lake, Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, will be officially opened to the public, Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend the Ribbon cutting Ceremony.  More Information >>

Feel free to contact APH at (907) 357-8711 or director@palmerhayflats.org.

August, 2013

Saturday, August 10






4TH ANNUAL "RUN FOR THE REFUGE"

This event has been cancelled.

July, 2013

Saturday, July 20
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 30.5
PALMER HAY FLATS SUMMER FESTIVAL 2013 AT REFLECTIONS LAKE

Join us for a full day of summer fun at Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. This year we have invited local artisans and vendors to participate along with exhibitions by Sahara Storm Studio and Circus Arts and Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center. We will have music from noon to 1pm, a face painting booth and a new wooden fish painting booth for the kids to participate in. And of course we will have canoes and kayaks to rent for a day of paddling fun on the lake. A wonderful way to spend a summer day at YOUR local Refuge. Co-sponsored by Mat-Su Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; this is a substance free event (no smoking or alcohol).

June, 2013

Saturday, June 15
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 30.5
JOIN THE EDUCATION PAVILION WORK PARTY

Come out and partner with Rotary International in construction of the new Palmer Hay Flats education pavilion! We will be begin installing remaining hardware, finishing up the roof, and buttoning up project for the year. Subsequent work parties will be held based on what gets done on this first work day.

For more information please call (907) 357-8711.

May, 2013

Saturday, May 18
Noon - 3 p.m.

1602 W. Jaime Marie Circle, Wasilla

(Fairview Loop to Danielle across from Snowshoe School to Jaime Marie Circle, straight ahead at the end)
ANNUAL GATHERING OF MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

Begins at Noon with with a cookout, feasting and greeting (plenty to eat, but potluck dishes are always welcome)

1 pm - Business Meeting -
2012-2013 Annual Report, what's coming up – events, projects, and proposed Natural Science Center, Election of Board Members

1:30 pm - Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center Live Bird Program

2 pm - MEMBER DRAWING Alaska Railroad Tickets for Two, and Door Prize drawings for everyone

2:30 pm - Celebrate Esprit de Corps! Conviviality! Fellowship!

All the above accompanied by sandhill cranes, waterfowl migrants and a chorus of romantic wood frogs!

For information contact (907) 357-8711 or (907) 373-7484


Friday, May 17
Time TBD

Reflections Lake
ALL-SCHOOL EDUCATION DAY ON THE REFUGE

APH hosts an annual all-school field trip to the Palmer Hay Flats Refuge that is free to kids (limited to school chosen for the year). Bus transportation is provided to ferry each and every grade to and from the refuge throughout the day. This event is offered alternately to various elementary schools. Local organizations, businesses, State and federal agencies, and citizens provide presentation stations providing visiting students with hands-on outdoor and environmental education experiences. It is open to homeschool students with their own transportation. Please call the office at (907) 357-8711 for details.

Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. - Noon

Cottonwood Creek Public Access & Reflections Lake
REFUGE CLEANUP DAY

Come help keep Reflections Lake and cottonwood Creek Access beautiful—Clean Up Day starting at 9am with pizza at noon at Reflections Lake. CHOOSE FROM TWO LOCATIONS: Reflections Lake is at Mile 30.5 Glenn Highway at the Knik River Exit and Cottonwood Creek Access is off of Hay Field Road (off of Fairview Loop Road at the 90 degree bend) in Wasilla. Wear boots and gloves.

February, 2013

Saturday, February 2
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 31.5
WINTER FAMILY FUN DAY

Come enjoy winter at scenic and accessible Reflections Lake! Cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate or walk the loop around the lake. Stay warm with campfires, hot beverages and tasty treats as you soak in the beauty of the picturesque spot. Learn how to use the equipment properly, as well as avalanche safety and awareness. Join us for this National Winter Trails Day event and the opportunity to try healthy winter sports.

October, 2012

Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 31.5
JOIN THE EDUCATION PAVILION WORK PARTY

Come out and partner with Rotary International in construction of the new Palmer Hay Flats education pavilion! Help is needed standing columns, laying beams, and fastening them together. Shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows are also needed to distribute material around the existing foundation.

For more information please call 357-8711.

July, 2012

Saturday, July 28 3RD ANNUAL "RUN FOR THE REFUGE"

CANCELLED
Saturday, July 14
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
PALMER HAY FLATS SUMMER FESTIVAL 2012 AT REFLECTIONS LAKE

Join us for a full day of summer fun at Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. This year we have invited local artisans and vendors to participate along with exhibitions by Sahara Storm Studio and Circus Arts and Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center. We will have music from noon to 1pm, a face painting booth and a new wooden fish painting booth for the kids to participate in. And of course we will have canoes and kayaks to rent for a day of paddling fun on the lake. A wonderful way to spend a summer day at YOUR local Refuge. Co-sponsored by Mat-Su Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; this is a substance free event (no smoking or alcohol).
More Information >>

May, 2012

Sunday, May 27
7:30 a.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
REFLECTIONS LAKE BIRDING WALK

Join the Mat-Su Birders Club this coming Sunday, May 27th, for a birding walk starting at Reflections Lake at 7:30 AM.

After birding Reflections Lake, we'll head down to the old Matanuska town site to check out the winnowing Wilson's Snipe and see what other interesting birds are around. Both Reflections Lake and the old Matanuska town site are easy walks, so just dress for the weather. See you on Sunday!

Friday, May 18

Scout Ridge/Cottonwood Creek Public Access
SNOWSHOE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION FIELD DAY

It is Snowshoe Elementary’s day at the Refuge. Students from Snowshoe Elementary will learn all about the flora, fauna, resources and history that can be found at beautiful Scout Ridge by visiting learning stations that will be set-up around the bluff. Outdoor education at its best.
Saturday, May 12
Noon - 2 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
ANNUAL SPRING WALKABOUT

Join us for this easy, guided walk around beautiful Reflections Lake. Bring water, a camera for stunning panoramic reflections of surrounding mountains, and binoculars for songbird sightings along the path and waterfowl on the lake at this gem of a spot along the Glenn Highway. Trail is ADA accessible, with benches for resting along the way. Wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, May 12
9 a.m. - Noon

Cottonwood Creek Public Access & Reflections Lake
REFUGE CLEANUP DAY

NEW DATE due to the record amounts of snow. Clean Up Day will now be MAY 12.

Come help keep Reflections Lake and cottonwood Creek Access beautiful—Clean Up Day starting at 9am with Pizza at noon at Reflections Lake. CHOOSE FROM TWO LOCATIONS: Reflections Lake is at Mile 30.5 Glenn Highway at the Knik River Exit and Cottonwood Creek Access is off of Hay Field Road (off of Fairview Loop Road at the 90 degree bend) in Wasilla. Wear boots and gloves.

Saturday, May 5
Noon - ???

1602 W. Jaime Marie Circle, Wasilla

(Fairview Loop to Danielle across from Snowshoe School to Jaime Marie Circle, straight ahead at the end)
ANNUAL GATHERING OF MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

Begins at Noon with with a cookout, feasting and greeting (plenty to eat, but potluck dishes are always welcome)

1 pm - Business Meeting -
2010-2011 Annual Report, what's coming up – events, projects, and proposed Natural Science Center, Election of Board Members

1:30 pm - Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center Live Bird Program

2 pm - MEMBER DRAWING Alaska Railroad Tickets for Two, and Door Prize drawings for everyone

2:30 pm - Celebrate Esprit de Corps! Conviviality! Fellowship!

All the above accompanied by sandhill cranes, waterfowl migrants and a chorus of romantic wood frogs!

For information contact (907) 357-8711 or (907) 373-7484

April, 2012

Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 31.5
ANCHORAGE AUDOBON SOCIETY REFLECTIONS LAKE WALK

Delesta Fox will lead the walk around Reflection Lake as we listen for early migrant calls and watch for water fowl on the lake. This walk is less than 2 miles and hiking boots should be adequate. Reflection Lake area was once used as a ‘target range’ and now is ‘user friendly’. We will meet inside the fenced area at the lake shore. The parking area is limited and parking on the road is acceptable.

From Anchorage: Drive the Glenn Highway beyond Eklutna. As you start to drive on the bridge..watch for the sign Knik River exit. Exit to the right, continue to the Stop Sign, turn left and drive under the bridge. There will be a slight turn to the left (do not go back onto the Freeway). Continue on and ON THE RIGHT..you will see a small parking area with an opening in the fence. Walk through the opening to the lake.

Call Delesta at 258-6425 if you have any questions. www.anchorageaudubon.org/content/view/20/35/

February, 2012

Saturday, February 4
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway at mile 31.5
WINTER FAMILY FUN DAY

Come enjoy winter at scenic and accessible Reflections Lake! Cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate or walk the loop around the lake. Stay warm with campfires, hot beverages and tasty treats as you soak in the beauty of the picturesque spot. Learn how to use the equipment properly, as well as avalanche safety and awareness. Join us for this National Winter Trails Day event and the opportunity to try healthy winter sports.

December, 2011

Saturday, December 3
6 - 9 p.m.

Best Western
Lake Lucille Inn, Wasilla
HOLIDAY TREE GALA 2011

Please join us for a Holiday Celebration Evening at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn. Gourmet food, fine wines, festive music performed by local ensembles, and live and silent auctions. LIMITED SEATING. Complete info >>

Sponsorship, tree decorator, item donor and evening volunteer opportunities are available. Please help Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats make this important fundraiser a success.

August, 2011

Thursday, August 18
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway mile 31.5
REFLECTIONS LAKE TRAILS VOLUNTEER WORK DAY

In partnership with Alaska Department of Fish and Game, we are hosting a volunteer Trails Work Day at Reflections Lake. We will do maintenance on the trails such as clearing brush, distributing gravel and installing fencing. Pizza and beverages for lunch will be provided. If you are interested in picking up a shovel and helping out, please give us a call at 357-8711 or send an email to alaskans@palmerhayflats.org to let us know you are coming.

July, 2011

Saturday, July 23
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
ANNUAL SUMMER FAMILY FUN DAY ON REFLECTIONS LAKE

A full day of summer fun at Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge! Canoes, kayaks, and rafts provided by Mat-Su Borough Parks & Recreation, REI and APH members/supporters. MSB Water Rescue Team diver demonstrations, retriever dog demonstrations, woodland walks along the river and around the lake, scenic overlook photo opportunities. Bring a picnic and enjoy cookies and lemonade provided by Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats. A wonderful way to spend a summer day at YOUR local Refuge!
Saturday, July 16

On-site Registration:
8:30 - 9 a.m.


Race Start: 9:15 a.m.

Scout Ridge/Cottonwood Creek Public Access

2ND ANNUAL "RUN FOR THE REFUGE"

Take part in the 5K, 10K or Kids Dash races, run this popular, natural course that winds through the woods along the Scout Ridge trail, win prizes, and help support YOUR Refuge!

Registration Form (PDF)

May, 2011

Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. - Noon

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
ANNUAL SPRING WALKABOUT

Join us for this easy, guided walk around beautiful Reflections Lake. Bring water, a camera for stunning panoramic reflections of surrounding mountains, and binoculars for songbird sightings along the path and waterfowl on the lake at this gem of a spot along the Glenn Highway. Trail is ADA accessible, with benches for resting along the way. Wear sturdy shoes.

Thursday, May 12

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
MACHETANZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION FIELD DAY

A new school will join APH at a new location for this year’s educational outing at the Refuge. Students at Machetanz Elementary will learn all about the flora, fauna, resources and history that can be found at picturesque Reflections Lake by visiting learning stations set up around the lake. Stay tuned for a list of these stations.
Saturday, May 7
Noon - ???

1602 W. Jaime Marie Circle, Wasilla

(Fairview Loop to Danielle across from Snowshoe School to Jaime Marie Circle, straight ahead at the end)
ANNUAL GATHERING OF MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

Begins at Noon with with a cookout, feasting and greeting (plenty to eat, but potluck dishes are always welcome)

1 pm - Business Meeting -
2010-2011 Annual Report, what's coming up – events, projects, and proposed Natural Science Center, Election of Board Members

1:30 pm - Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center Live Bird Program

2 pm - MEMBER DRAWING Alaska Railroad Tickets for Two, and Door Prize drawings for everyone

2:30 pm - Celebrate Esprit de Corps! Conviviality! Fellowship!

All the above accompanied by sandhill cranes, waterfowl migrants and a chorus of romantic wood frogs!

For information contact (907) 357-8711 or (907) 373-7484

April, 2011

Saturday, April 30
9:00 - Noon

Cottonwood Creek Public Access & Reflections Lake
REFUGE CLEANUP DAY

Come out to help with this year's cleanup on the Refuge, and join us for pizza afterward!

Cottonwood Creek: Follow the signs from Fairview Loop and Hayfield Road.

Reflections Lake: Mile 31.5 on the Glenn Highway at Knik River Access exit.

Wear boots and gloves.

February, 2011

Saturday, February 19
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reflections Lake, Knik River Access exit off the Glenn Highway m31.5
Thanks to your participation and Alaskan spirit, we had over 325 people turn out for this year’s Winter Family Fun Day! Thank you all for coming out to enjoy your Refuge on a fine winter day – we look forward to seeing you again next year, along with all your friends and family!!

WINTER FAMILY FUN DAY

Come enjoy winter at scenic Reflections Lake! Cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate, or walk the loop around the lake. Stay toasty with warming fires, hot beverages, and treats as you revel in the beauty of this picturesque spot. Learn how to use the equipment properly, as well as avalanche safety and awareness. Join us for this National Winter Trails Day event, and the opportunity to partake in these healthy winter sports while having fun!

Flyer (PDF)