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Bureau of Land ManagementCampbell Creek Science Center

Member Since: 09/24/2001

Primary Contact: Jeff Brune
Other Contact: Luise Woelflein

5600 Science Center Drive
Anchorage, AK 99507
(907) 267-1241

730 acres

Partner Information: Anchorage School District, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USGS, Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center, Trailside Discovery Camp, Student Conservation Association, USDA Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage Waterways Council, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage Audubon Society, and Alaska Native Plant Society

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How would you like to have a rippling creek in your classroom? Or a quiet aspen forest? How about a network of snowshoe hare trails? Or a field of dancing wildflowers? Located on BLM's Campbell Tract, the Science Center offers students the opportunity to experience the wonders of the outdoor classroom. Our outdoor programs have a hands-on, minds-on focus that promotes awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the subarctic environment.

Maritime climate affected by location at 61 degrees North latitude. Average precipitation is ~16 inches, average snowfall is ~70 inches (low in humidity though). Daylight varies between 5.5 hours (Winter Solstice) to 19 hours (Summer Solstice).

The Campbell Tract is a forested landscape dominated by the Campbell Creek watershed, adjacent to a 5,000 acre municipal park and a 500,000 acre state park.

riparian areas, mixed forests (spruce/birch, spruce/alder, spruce/willow), black spruce bottomland, wet shrubby meadows and disturbed sites

Overstory includes black spruce, white spruce, balsam poplar/cottonwood, paper birch and quaking aspen. Understory includes willow and alder. Ground cover includes mosses, labrador tea, crowberry, bog blueberry, highbush cranberry, cow parsnip, devil's club and Cornus canadensis.

Moose, black bear, brown bear, wolf, coyote, lynx, salmon, rainbow trout, red squirrel, snowshoe hare, resident and migrant songbirds as well as numerous birds of prey

Euro-American History

The Campbell Tract was used as a strategic military site during World War II. The Campbell Airstrip was built by 1943 as a backup airstrip for nearby Elmendorf Air Force Base. The site included temporary buildings and barracks, revetment or aircraft parking sites and the 5,000 foot airstrip. Following the war, the site was called the Campbell Creek Range and Maneuver Site and later the Campbell Tract. After the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, the BLM located the Anchorage District Office on the site and it now serves as an administrative and recreation site and an outdoor classroom.

Current Communities

Municipality of Anchorage, 260,000 people in a city of nearly 2,000 square miles

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