The healthiest habitat of the greater Mendenhall watershed.

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Kaxdigoowu Héen: Three days on clear water

In 2013, Richard Carstensen participated in a 3 day teacher’s conference called Stream: a Pedagogy of Place.  During this “place-based” conference, Carstensen focused on Montana Creek.  This short journal contains his thoughts and observations on the event.

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Montana Creek Interpretive Signs

This three-part sign array offers information on the natural history, geology, and bio-culture of Montana Creek. You can download the three signs below:

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Montana Creek Map Series

This document assembles aerial imagery and other GIS-based maps of Montana Creek for use by teachers in class and field.  It was originally assembled for use during the STREAM: Pedagogy of Place conference in 2013.

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Natural History of Juneau Trails: A Watershed Approach


If you or someone on your gift list enjoys Juneau’s outdoors, this book is for you.  It is packed with information for the hiker, hunter, or any student of the outdoors.  Richard’s insightful text, full color maps, and dozens of recent and historic photographs explain the landforms, water features, and natural environments Juneau residents navigate every day.  Dive in for a whole new understanding of the areas you love to explore, with one of Southeast Alaska’s foremost naturalists.

Natural History of Montana Creek

This guide to the Montana Creek is part of a series by Richard Carstensen on Juneau watersheds.  A walk along the trail guide’s 11 stations is a lesson in succession, as the river’s twists and turns follow the recent deglaciation and forest growth in the Mendenhall Valley.

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