A history of packrafting in Alaska is the February 7 Fireside Lecture

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center invites you to a Fireside Lecture on Friday, February 7, 2020. The lecture is titled A History of Packrafting in Alaska.

Calling all lovers of the great outdoors! Avid adventurer Dr. John Harley will be giving a brief history of the packraft and its ability to explore remote areas of Alaska under human power. Join us to learn all about the early Halkett boats of the 1800’s to the whitewater chasing adrenaline junkies of today, and how the packraft has been and remains an integral and exhilarating tool for exploring the Last Frontier.

The Friday night Fireside Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Fireside Lectures and the Visitor Center are free of charge.

Visitor Center Winter Hours:

The Visitor Center, Discovery Zone, and Discovery Southeast Bookstore are open all winter through March on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during Friday nights for lectures. The Visitor Center is closed on all federal holidays. Outdoor areas around the visitor center are open 6 a.m. to midnight, year-round.

For more information, go to our web page at www.mendenhallglacier.net, 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 paul.robbins@usda.gov



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