GeoFest event celebrates Geography Awareness Week

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For the first time, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a GeoFest event in Wasilla.

The event is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Machetanz Elementary School, 4961 E. Nelson Road in Wasilla.

This celebration is a free, family-oriented time for hands-on activities centered on geography. It is part of Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 17-23, a national opportunity to recognize the importance of geography education and to promote geo-literacy. This year’s theme, “Geography and the New Age of Exploration,” shares how geography enables everyone to be intrepid explorers in their own way.

The event is hosted by the geography department at UAF’s School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, UAF’s Scenarios for Alaska and Arctic Planning and the Alaska Geography Alliance. For more information, contact Katie Kennedy, education and outreach coordinator for the geography program at UAF, 907-474-6121 or Visit for Geography Awareness Week information.