Fireside Lecture on February 8 is ‘Bear 153 at the Visitor Center, a life well known’

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s fifth Fireside Lecture of the season occurs February 8, 2019, with Bear 153 at the Visitor Center, a life well known.

the bear known as bear 153 at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor CenterLaurie Craig, retired Forest Service naturalist, shares the tale of Bear 153. From starting life as a cub in a family with a troublesome reputation to motherhood in the spotlight, this bear’s story is unique.

The Friday night Fireside Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and repeat at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fireside Lectures and Visitor Center entrance are free of charge. The Discovery Southeast Bookstore will hold a special event, a used book sale on February 8–10 only. Drop by and browse between Fireside Lectures.

Visitor Center Winter Hours:
The Visitor Center, Discovery Zone, and Discovery Southeast Bookstore are open all winter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the Friday night lectures. Outdoor areas around the visitor center are open 6 a.m. to midnight, year-round.

For more information, go to, 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.


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