In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Alaska State Parks, a special event is being planned for families at Independence Mine State Historical Park on Saturday, September 5.

The Families to Parks program is designed to get families into state parks to enjoy the outdoors, learn about the environment and have fun in the process.On September 5, Independence Mine is the place to be from noon to 3 p.m. as several family-friendly activities are planned. After you visit, make sure to hit the trails in Hatcher Pass for some world-class views!

Salmon Berry Tours, Alaska State Parks, AK on the Go and Into the Woods are teaming up to welcome families to the event. It is an open house-style event, so stop in any time between noon and 3 p.m.

"We're going to have kid-focused activities like a scavenger hunt, snacks and kid-centric information. We're just encouraging families to come up to the mine, get outside and enjoy the last days of summer," said Mandy Garcia of Salmon Berry Tours. "Enjoy the trails, walk around the mine, learn about the history and have fun!"

This event is intended for families to enjoy together but is geared towards kids in grades K through 5 specifically. The Alaska State Parks will also be giving away their 50th anniversary posters away during the event. Throughout the year (with some Covid-related cancellations) Alaska State Parks has hosted similar events in various state parks to celebrate the anniversary. 

Just as a reminder, the gate from the lower parking lot locks at 7 p.m. each night, so if you access the upper parking lot at Independence Mine, plan accordingly so your day trip doesn't turn into an overnight.