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Rainforest Festival Schedule 2021

(updated 9.11.21 - print handout version)

Links for all streaming and Zoom events without registration will go up on Facebook & the morning of the event.

Registration for classes & events begins August 24 at 8:00am -


Early Events

Monday, Sept. 6 - Rainforest Run 10K & Half Marathon   

Run for free or pay $20 and get a race t-shirt. Proceeds go to PHS Cross Country team.

  • Check in/Register at Sandy Beach

  • Walkers start @ 8:00 / Runners start @ 9:00     

For more information contact Julie Walker -


Ongoing all weekend

Sept. 9 -13  Annabelle Baker Memorial Art Show “Nature and You”
Clausen Memorial Museum 10am-5pm M-Sat 

Opening & 2021 Ephemeral Art Slideshow: Friday, Sept.10 from 5pm-7pm


Sept. 9-12  “Tongass Treasures” Geocaching - created by Kinder Skog 

Community members are invited to hit the trails and track down hidden Tongass Treasure geocaches throughout Petersburg.  Caches have been filled with goodies and fun facts courtesy of Kinder Skog participants. Remember, for each found cache, if you take one treasure -leave one treasure. After you add your name to the log, the entire cache should be placed back where it was found. The geocache app allows you to log found caches and add notes. Instructions. App link. Happy geocaching!


Sept. 10  Ephemeral Art Show

Experience outdoor artwork created in nature from nature. Here is the list of artists and locations. Most art will remain in place until it returns to nature.


Thursday, September 9  

Noon               Zoom Brown Bag Talk: “People and Bears in Petersburg” with Frank Robbins, ADF&G


2:45-4pm         Kids Event: Be a Wildlife Biologist with Frank Robbins, ADF&G

                      Ages 8-12. Free. Sandy Beach Shelter #1 


3:30-4:30pm    Field trip: Muskeg Walk with Mary Clemens/Karen Dillman (USFS)
                      Free. Meet at ballfield by the skate park


7:00pm           Keynote talk: "Protect What You Love" with Naomi Michalsen, Kassei

                     Plants as food and medicine have the power to bring people and families together to share knowledge, build strength,

                     and nourish each other. Learn about respectful harvesting guidelines that can be the beginning of an ongoing discussion

                     on protecting what we love. 

                        Remote access to the keynote talk available for those that can’t attend in person.

                          Contact Avery at for the link

                     Film Screening: “Ephemeral” with award winning film by Kelly Bakos 
 Free streaming access to “Ephemeral” will begin Friday morning 8:00am on YouTube right here

                       Free. Wright Auditorium, masks and social distancing required



Friday, September 10 

10am-12pm      Field Trip: The Mighty Muskeg (morning: identifying & gathering) with Naomi Michalsen

                      plus Sharing Our Gifts (afternoon: hands-on processing workshop from 2-4pm)

                      Ages 16+. Limit 12. Pre-registration required. $90-nonrefundable for both sessions. Meet @ library.


Noon               Zoom Brown Bag Talk: "Rainforest Pollinators" with Joni Johnson, USFS


2:30-4pm         Kids Event: Kids Nature Journaling with Kim McNett
                      Kids 3rd- 5th grade. Limit 20. Pre-registration required. Free. Helmi Jensen Community Room

2-4pm             Sharing Our Gifts – transforming the harvest, hands-on workshop with Naomi Michalsen
                      Ages 16+. Limit 6. Pre-registration required. $50-nonrefundable. Activity Rm. Parks & Rec..

5-7pm             Annabelle Baker Memorial Art Show “Nature and You” 

                      Opening & 2021 Ephemeral Art Slideshow
                      Clausen Memorial Museum, Displayed through 9.13

Saturday, September 11 

9:00-9:45am    Introduction to Nature Journaling Presentation with Kim McNett

                      Free. Helmi Jensen Community Room (enter through back door) - Public Library & live streaming     


10am-2pm       Field trip: Adult Nature Journaling with Kim McNett

                      Ages 16+, limited to 12 people, Pre-registration required. $60 – nonrefundable

                      Covered area on Blind River Rapids loop, meet at library to carpool.

                      Bring own materials including a #2 pencil and a plain 8x10 or 5x7 sketch pad, lunch, raingear, folding chair or pad.


Noon               Zoom Brown Bag Talk: “Frogs and Fungus: Tongass amphibians and pathogens” with Eric Castro, USFS

                      Link to talk.


1:30-3pm          Kids event:  Beach Treasure Hunt with Sunny Rice
                       Prizes for top finishers. Ages 5+. Free. Sandy Beach Shelter #1

3:30-4:30pm     Open Studio with Kim McNett

                       Bring your nature journals to share. With your permission photos may be taken for a slideshow display.

                       Free. Helmi Jensen Community Room - Public Library

                       If you can't attend in person, please feel free to share your day's journaling by sending photos to

                       by 6pm today 9.11.21.


3:30-5:30pm     Rainforest Writers Workshop with Orin Pierson

                       A creative writing workshop for writers of any experience level, involving writing new material using prompts and

                       sharing and responding in a small group. Limit 7. Pre-registration required. Free. Sandvik Room, Public Library


6-8pm             Porch Music - an outdoor musical event - Petersburg Art Council & Rainforest Festival

                       Experience a variety of musical performances as you rotate past seven outdoor locations around Hammer Slough.

                       Pre-register your group (of up to 6 people.) Deadline September 7.


Sunday, September 12 

9am-12pm        Adult “Focus on Fungi” Collect, ID, Draw with Kim McNett

                       Ages 16+. Limit 12. Pre-registration required. $45 non-refundable. Sandy Beach Shelter 1

                       Bring sketch pad and #2 pencil, rain gear, food and water.


3:30–5pm         Virtual/Zoom cooking class: “Syrups, Shrubs, and Flavorings” with Christina Sargent      

                       Family friendly. Limit 10 pods / people. Kids under 10 must have an adult working with them.

                       Pre-registration required by Sept. 10. Free. You provide your own supplies.


7:00pm            Virtual reading with Rainforest Writers
                       An evening of local writers sharing their work hosted by Orin Pierson of the Rainforest Writers creative writing

                       workshop. Free.

                           Audienceplease pre-register to receive the Zoom link to attend.  

                           Writers please contact if you would like to read

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