Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats
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Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural resources of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through public awareness, education, recreation and enhancement projects.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Contributions received through the Pick.Click.Give program enable us to fund annual spring clean-up days at primary refuge access sites and to offer free public events several times per year at the Palmer Hay Flats recreation areas Reflections Lake, Cottonwood Creek and Rabbit Slough. We collaborate with other agencies, including the Alaska Waterfowl Association, Knik/Fairview and Gateway Community Councils, ConocoPhillips, Lowes, Machetanz Elementary, the Greatland Trust,the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), and many other education and community organizations to support our goals to provide regular, family-oriented recreational and educational opportunities, and enhance the year-round recreational experience on the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.
We continue working with ADF&G to offer Wildlife Wednesdays, a free public lecture series on the Univ. of Alaska Mat-Su campus, by regional scientists in various fields discussing current management trends for Alaska wildlife such as ecology of moose, research results on ptarmigan and grouse, beluga whales, fur and Weddell seals, polar bears, walrus and caribou, important archeological sites for prehistoric Alaskan culture on the Palmer Hay Flats and much more.
Sign up for membership on our website and receive our quarterly newsletter highlighting organization activities and opportunities to participate in enhancement projects and events on the refuge.
In 2015 we completed construction of a 30-ft tall, weathered steel, bi-level wildlife viewing platform on the northwest corner of Reflections Lake and transferred the $300K tower to ADF&G.
Visitors to the refuge will find area residents engaged in hiking, boating, fishing, bird-watching, hunting, bird dog training, winter sports enthusiasts skijoring, ice skating and winter biking, and many seasonal guests passing through the area as tourists, stretching their legs and stopping off for a picnic, a lovely walk and viewing moose and the thousands of migratory birds that span the horizon twice a year. We hope you'll join us very soon.