Ch’anik’na (pronounced cha-NEEK-nuh) is a Dena’ina word for children. The word, unique to our area, was specially chosen to represent our dedication in exploring and enriching all of our children’s various cultures, Alaskan and world-wide, and exploring the surroundings and culture of our Seldovia community. Ch’anik’na is open for children birth to age 10 for academic & cultural enrichment programs daily. A monthly calendar of events is provided to parents so that they may choose the activities in which they would like to participate. Weekly activities include going to the library, science time, hikes, arts and crafts, and music and movement time.

Hours of Operation

9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm

In addition to the Friday Ch’anik’na Hike, on Tuesdays, the Prevention Program sponsors a Science Hike led by PhD Biologist, Tania Spurkland. These hikes are for ages 5 and up. Younger children are welcome if accompanied by a parent. These hikes depart from Ch’anik’na @ 10am, and return between 4:30 and 5pm dependent on the plan for the day. Hike calendars are available at Ch’anik’na at the beginning of summer.

Child/Adult Ratio

5 children: 1 adults if there are any children under 18 months in attendance
6 children: 2 adults if there are NO children under 18 months in attendance
Maximum number of children at any given time is limited to 12.
Attendance is on a scheduled basis and then as needed on a space available basis.

Contact Shannon Custer, Prevention Program Coordinator and ICWA/Child Welfare Worker, for more info. You can reach her by email or you can call her at (907) 435-3252.