Centennial Webinar Series

Katmai National Park and Preserve will be hosting a series of webinars commemorating 100 years of preservation. These will feature a variety of dynamic speakers deeply connected to Katmai’s wildlife, historic lodges, flora, fisheries, and Alaska Native cultures. The following schedule is subject to change:

June 27th

Katie Myers, Alaska NPS Museum Curator

“100 years of Administrative History at Katmai National Park and Preserve”

Katmai came into existence with a bang, but did you know that the park itself wasn’t directly managed for many years? From the first rangers, to historic fisheries, to the reason Katmai was created, Katie Myers will speak on a century of preservation and management.

July 6th

Dr. Katie Ringsmuth, Historian at The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation

“One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Brooks Fish”

Before there were bears there were fish! Dr. Katie Ringsmuth explains how counting fish at the outlet of Brooks Lake helped develop the management methodology used to regulate one of the most important sockeye salmon fisheries in Alaska. This presentation underscores the conclusion that salmon-pursuing human beings have been an integral force that have profoundly shaped the salmon resource since the Brooks River formed nearly 4,500 years ago.

July 7th

Dr. Katie Ringsmuth, Historian at The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation

“NN Cannery History Project”

The NN Cannery Project presents to the public an introspective, unique, and colorful depiction of cannery people’s lifeways and history. Whether they came from China, the Philippines, or simply upriver, cannery people found dignity through their laborious interactions and forged a deep connection to the surrounding environment. Their diverse traditions left a mark on Alaska history and culture.

August 3rd

Grant Hilderbrand, Ph.D., Chief of the Marine Ecosystems Office, USGS Alaska Science Center

“Wildlife of Katmai”

Grant Hilderbrand will present on the dynamic fauna of Katmai National Park and Preserve.

August 16th

Torre Jorgenson, Ph.D., Botanist, Ecologist, Alaska Ecoscience, University of Alaska Fairbanks

“Century of Landscape Change”

Through historical photography, botanist Torre Jorgenson will present on a century of ecological change of the Katmai landscape.

September 21st

Aron Crowell, Ph. D., Alaska Director of the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution

“Cultural Crossroads in Prehistory”

Did you know that Katmai has not hundreds, but thousands of years of human history? Join Dr. Aron Crowell as he presents on the people that call Katmai home.

All webinars will be streamed live on Explore.org and archived on katmaiconservancy.org.

Katmai will also be adding music to the centennial celebration. Through a partnership with the local Bear Grass Art and Music Festival, Alaskan musicians Emma Hill, Kat Moore, and Justin Boot will perform at Brooks Camp on July 20th. This event will be free to all who can attend and will be live streamed on Explore.org.

A closing ceremony will be held in King Salmon-Naknek showcasing the local cultural community connections with Katmai parklands on September 22nd.  This event will feature cultural presenters and demonstrators, Alaska Native dancers and artists, and family friendly activities. Food and beverages will be served, and admission is free to all.

All events listed are subject to change.