Thursday, July 18, 2013

Birch bark harvesting workshop set for Anchorage

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is offering a birch bark harvesting workshop Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage.

Participants will learn how to sustainably harvest birch bark, in this case from trees knocked over in the big storm last fall. Everyone will collect a piece of bark to work with, then prepare and cut the bark into strips to use for weaving a basket or ornaments.

The fee is $20. Lunch and snacks will be provided and class size is limited to 20. Register at Meet at the Russian Jack Springs Park, 1321 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Meet at the municipal greenhouse parking lot.

To register, contact Valerie Barber, or 907-746-9466. The workshop is sponsored by the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, UAF Cooperative Extension Service and Anchorage Parks and Recreation.

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