Mendenhall Minis resume at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. Forest Service will be continuing its Mendenhall Minis series on February 9, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. This month's Mendenhall Mini features local animal tracks. Mendenhall Minis are hosted the second Saturday of each month through March, and will highlight a variety of activities and crafts for 3-5 year olds (other ages welcome) and their families. Come visit the Discovery Zone inside the Visitor Center with your family on December 8 to learn about hibernation, with a special focus on our beloved bears. After the program, families are welcome to explore the visitor center as well as other activities including a special used book sale by Discovery Southeast February 8-10.

Kids and their families can learn about the Tongass National Forest by exploring books, games, and activities inside the Discovery Zone. (Kids must be accompanied by an adult. 

While Visiting families can also: 

Mendenhall Minis at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
  • Become a Tongass or Mendenhall Glacier Junior Ranger
  • Try our Agents of Discovery app.
  • Explore the area using the Tongass Family Field Guide

Visitor Center Winter Hours:

The Visitor Center, Discovery Zone, and Discovery Southeast Bookstore are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March. Outdoor areas around the visitor center are open 6 a.m. to midnight, year-round.

For more information, go to our web page at, follow us on Facebook at @MendenhallGlacierVC, or call 907-789-0097.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201 or


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