Supporting Fairbanks & Interior Alaska: COVID-19

As we go through these difficult times in Interior Alaska with the Coronavirus, COVID-19, we want to share with you helpful resources and give you the latest updates as they become available.


Resource Links & Fun Activities for Kids, Teens, & Adults

COVID-19: Resources & Activities for Kids, Teens, & Adults

Fall Classes at the Children’s Museum. (August 26, 2020) The Children’s Museum has something special in store: Fall Classes in a Museum closed to the public! Each week-long lesson in September and October teaches kids about a different topic through hands-on activities - from art to chemistry, there’s something for every interest! When you register your kids, they get to play, learn and explore with Educators in small groups. The Museum remains closed to the public, is clean and COVID precautions are taken so that everyone stays safe and healthy.

Spots are going fast, so head over to to sign up today!

Questions? Call the Museum at 907-374-7060 or email

When: Dates in September and October vary; details on

Where: Fairbanks Children’s Museum, 302 Cushman St., Suite 101

Cost: Costs vary depending on class; details on

Other: Registration on


Noel Wien Library Youth Services Department is offering virtual and telephone support to local students who are involved in virtual or at-home schooling. The library offers a personalized book selection service for curriculum support and reading enjoyment. Learn how to find and obtain physical and digital library materials to support school work, plus participate in virtual programming, all without needing to step inside the library building. For more information call the Noel Wien Library Youth Services Department at 459 - 1052 or visit


UAF chancellor to host press availability Wednesday, Aug. 19 - University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White will host a press availability Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 3 PM via Zoom. White will be available to answer questions about a variety of topics, including the start of the fall 2020 semester, the university’s COVID-19 planning, Alaska Nanooks athletics and any other subjects reporters want to discuss. 

The first day of classes at UAF is Monday, Aug. 24 and the first official move-in day for students is Aug. 19. Virtual new student orientation takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Visit the Zoom link to join the media availability. Participants will be placed in a waiting room and will be added to the meeting by the moderator.


UAF partners with edX to share Arctic courses, research globally: “UAF is excited to join the edX consortium and to more easily share our unique research expertise on climate, the Arctic and its peoples with edX’s global audience,” said UAF Chancellor Dan White. Known as America’s Arctic university, UAF will offer courses and programs that have a focus on the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples.

Five courses will launch this fall:

  • Arctic Security Fundamentals
  • One Health: A Ten Thousand Year-Old View Into the Future
  • Remote Sensing of Wildfires
  • Salmon, People, and Place
  • ​​​​​​​Synthetic Aperture Radar: Hazards

UAF’s courses are four to eight weeks long. All edX courses are available for free, or learners can choose to pay for a certificate that verifies course completion.

edX is a leader among platforms that offer massive open online courses (commonly known as MOOCs). UAF chose to partner with edX because of its consortium model, nonprofit status and commitment to innovation and open education. “I am excited to welcome University of Alaska, a top research institution in the study of the Arctic climate and peoples, to the edX partner community,” said Anant Agarwal, founder and CEO of edX. “We are thrilled that their first courses, ranging from health and safety to environmental studies and earth sciences, will be available to our global community of learners.”

The University of Alaska system and UAF will be known as AlaskaX on the platform.



UAF CooperativeExtension Service to host week of free classes. From cheese making to cowboy ethics, nine free workshops will be offered by distance delivery during August Extension Week, Aug. 10-15.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service agents and staff from around the state will teach Zoom classes at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10-14 and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10-13. The length of the classes varies.Extension switched to distance delivery this spring because of coronavirus concerns.

The classes are:

  • Canning Salmon at Home, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10
  • You Can Prevent Diabetes, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10
  • AgrAbility: Accessible Gardening, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11
  • Zumba Fitness, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11
  • Naturally Running Long (Ultramarathons), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12
  • Fromage Facile: The Art and Science of Easy Homemade Cheese, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12
  • Which Way Do I Ride — Cowboy Ethics, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13
  • Fermenting Food, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13
  • Chalk It Up at Home, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14

Register by noon the day before the classes are scheduled, at Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made five business days in advance to Alda Norris at or 907-474-7120. For more information, contact Extension at 877-520-5211.


Join Fairbanks Arts for three new exhibitions of artwork in August! Beginning Friday, August 7, stop by the Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park’s Centennial Center between 12-6 PM to see the exquisite work of Charles Simmons, Alida van Almelo, and Jennifer Younger. This exhibition will feature hand-crafted wood furniture, a ceramics installation, and Tlingit jewelry – it is not to be missed! The Bear Gallery is open Monday-Friday, noon- 6 PM, and these shows will be on view through August 28. For more information, visit


Fairbanks Public Health Center - Immunizations save lives. Fairbanks public health nurses, with support from Fairbanks area Fire Departments and the JP Jones Center, are holding a series of outdoor childhood immunization clinics for children ages 2 months to 19 years through the summer. The next clinic is this Thursday, June 4th, at the University Fire Station 12 – 1950 South University Ave.from 11 AM to 3:00 PM. Come dressed for the outdoors, wear a cloth face covering and bring your child’s shot records. For more information call Fairbanks Public Health Center at 452-1776.


UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning will present about 40 events throughout the summer. The series' events have been held at various UAF venues in previous years. This summer's lectures and concerts will be broadcast and available online at due to campus restrictions.

  • The Healthy Living lecture series will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting on June 2. It will feature experts and specialists discussing medical issues.
  • The Discover Alaska lecture series will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting on June 3, providing a view of Alaska through the eyes of experts in their fields.
  • The Music in the Garden music series will be at 7 p.m. Thursdays starting on June 4. Filmed at UAF’s Georgeson Botanical Gardens, the concerts feature a variety of Alaska musicians.
  • The Down Memory Lane lecture series will be at 7 p.m. Mondays starting on June 8. Emeriti faculty will share memories and highlights from their careers at UAF. The series will be available only at

For schedule updates and more information, go to or call 907-474-7021.


Virtual Summer Reading Program at the Noel Wien Library & North Pole Branch Library - Registration begins Tuesday, May 26 - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries invite local children and teens to participate in its 2020 Summer Reading Fun Program:  Dig Deeper – Read, Investigate, Discover!  The virtual summer reading program includes the fun of reading or listening to books, virtual weekly programs, bingo activities to get you reading, investigating and discovering, virtual displays for search-and-find fun, and a goodie bag of take home activities and crafts.  Children who complete the program will earn a free book.  Online registration begins on Tuesday, May 26th.

Call the Youth Services Department at the Noel Wien Library at 459-1052, or the North Pole Branch Library at 488-6101, for more information, or visit the library’s web page:


UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning -

MAYmester courses are 10 day sessions that start after Spring semester ends and before Summer session starts. MAYmester will be taught with a blended format of a virtual face-to-face class, via Zoom, plus an online component via Blackboard.

2020 Summer Courses have also moved from in-person courses to online.

Summer Day camps may look different for Summer 2020, but we are still committed to bringing great summer experiences to Fairbanks families. Check out our virtual summer day camps.

Learn more about Registering for Summer Sessions courses and camps at or phone 474-7021 or email for more information.


Explore the Museum of the North from home - The University of Alaska Museum of the North is closed to the public in April, but will host virtual exhibits, videos and activities throughout the month.

The museum will hold virtual Early Explorers events every Friday in April, with a focus on water. Activities will be posted online at Early Explorer activities are designed for children age 5 and younger, with an adult, but are adaptable to other ages. New activities will be added weekly.

The public is also invited to visit the virtual museum page at The website includes online exhibits, videos, activity ideas and resources for all ages.

For more information about museum programs and events, visit or call 907-474-7505.


Gardening In Interior Alaska - Join Julie Riley, Tanana District Extension horticulturist, each Friday and / or Tuesday for an informal discussion on gardening in Interior Alaska. Weekly Zoom get-togethers with Julie include VegHeads Virtual Garden Hour and New Gardener Q&A. Bring your questions and be ready to hit the garden beds this spring!

VegHeads Virtual Garden Hour Fridays, April 17 – May 22, 2020 from 7:to 8:30 PM. VegHeads starts with a 15-20 minute presentation by Extension horticulturist Julie Riley and then opens up for Q&A and discussion. Any vegetable gardening question is fair game. Questions don't need to relate to the presentation topics below. No registration required.

VegHead topics (15-20 minutes): April 17 Procuring seeds, - April 24 Seed starting indoors, - May 1Go Go Snow, - May 8 Organic nutrients, - May 15 Planting outside now, - May 22 Indispensable gardening tools.

Sign on at: Or dial: 1-669-900-6833 or if busy, 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 499 097 562

New Gardener Q&A Tuesdays, April 21 - May 26 from Noon to 1 PM

This virtual hour is intended to give new gardeners an opportunity to ask questions every Tuesday April 21 through May. No registration is required. You're welcome to sign on or call in any time during the hour, but you take your chances after 12:15 p.m. If there are no questions, your host, Julie Riley, will log off.

Sign on at: Or dial: 1-669-900-6833 or if busy, 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 798 249 718


Staying at Home with the Kids - The kids are out of school and looking for things to do. Check out these helpful links:

Kid Tube geared towards 12 years old and under. 100% Mom Approved Videos

Homeschool Hideout - 100 Educational Shows on Amazon Prime

The Best Ideas for Kids - Over 100 indoor activities for kids: crafts, activities, games and educational projects

Virtual Farm Tours While You're Stuck at Home - Activities for kids age 4 to 13

We are Teachers - Big List of Children's Books Online Readings & Activities

Stuck at Home? - Helpful ideas from Noel Wien & North Pole Branch Libraries - Something for Everyone Update 3/20/20

FNSB Virtual Library Service is here for you! Noel Wien and North Pole Branch Library. Although the physical buildings are closed, we are here to provide assistance, virtual programming, and hold pickup. Visit and Facebook for more information.

Virtual Story Times from FNSB Libraries. New postings to the Library’s Facebook page every weekday by 1 PM.

Shonen Jump Hundreds of free manga chapters from popular series are available to read for free online. Geared for teenagers

Wonderopolis - Where the wonders of learning never cease -a free online learning resource for children and families. Sponsored by the National Center for Families Learning,

Jam Base - Enjoy live music with no bathroom lines from the comfort of your own couch

NPR - NPR is maintaining a daily list of Live Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown

EDX - Free Online University courses from school such as Harvard, MiT and Berkeley

Indigenous Cinema - The National Film Board of Canada offers this library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors.

Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White - Because Betty White is a national treasure

Fitness and Exercise - Free streaming workout videos and/or apps

Kids 20 Minute Online You Tube Workout - Plyos With Kai Plyometrics, also known as jump training or plyos, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power (speed-strength). This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or "explosive" manner. This is good for all age groups (including adults). Have fun, stay safe, and healthy. Brought to you by Orion's Belt School of Self Defense.

Orange Theory - Daily 30 minute workouts

Peloton - Offering a 90 day free trial of their fitness app. (Registration and payment information is required)

GoldsGym - Offering free streaming workouts and free Gold’s Amp digital coaching app through May 31st.

Planet Fitness - offering daily “work-ins” on Facebook at 3 PM local time

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