Used Boats For Sale


Recent Champions, in need of TLC

Recent Champions, in need of TLC

These “fixer-uppers” have both successfully navigated the Christiansen Lake course the past two years. In fact, the boat formerly known as “Dragonfly” set the course speed record. Drop by NSI and make an offer. Or better yet, come by and build your own. “Float Your Boat” workshops Monday from 1-4; repeated 7-9.

Job Posting: Summer Program Coordinator

Thanks to generous support from the Mat Su Health Foundation (MSHF), Northern Susitna Institute (NSI) is pleased to announce the opening of a new staff position beginning May 1. The MSHF Target Wellness grant will support NSI’s need to hire a program coordinator to work with program directors and staff to coordinate and oversee the day-to-day activities of our summer programs.  It will also help NSI underwrite program costs and make them more accessible to people who otherwise might not be able to participate.  Click here to learn more about this 5 month position.

Almost Amish Quilt Class a Success


A huge thanks to Peg Vos, Ruthie Strong and all the students that participated in last weekend’s quilting class.  Sounds like a good time was had by all (as you can see by the big smile on AJ’s face!).  For those of you who missed it, there’s another chance to sew at the end of the month when Merle Carlson teaches Sew a Yupik Kuspuk.  As always, early sign up is encouraged.

Talkeetna Brewfest Coming September 22nd!

Click the image to download a printable ( collectible!) poster in PDF at 11 by 17 inches.

Sample a wide variety of craft beers provided by more than a dozen different Alaska breweries and help raise funds for Northern Susitna Institute in the process. 

When:  Saturday, September 22nd from 2pm-6pm

Where: Sheldon Community Arts Hangar

Cost:  $35 for fifteen 4 oz. samples.

Tickets available online only at   Limited tickets are available, so early purchase is encouraged.
Age: Must be 21 or older with proof of I.D.

For true beer lovers, Alaska Folk School is featuring a beer making class on September 20 and 21.  Click here to learn more about the Alaska Folk School class.


The Importance of Signing Up Early!

It’s not always possible for people to know their schedule weeks or months ahead of a course date.  But if you want to help make things happen here at the Alaska Folk School, it’s best to sign up for courses early.  That’s why we encourage it with our early registration discount.  Not only does it insure you a space in the class, it also helps us decide if we have enough participation to hold the course.

There are lots of great courses being offered this month.  Sandy Sturdy and her niece Kaitlin are teaching a “Polymer Clay Tile” class this Friday & Saturday.  Mac Dolecki & Marvin Kuentzel are teaching “Intro to Batteries for Off-Grid & Backup Systems” on July 12th.  There’s also “Vibrant Color with Silk Painting”, “Improv Basics”, “Pinhole Photography”, “Basic Oil Painting I & II“, “Paddle Making”, “Shibori Intensive – Arashi Experiments”, “Boreal Forest Zipline Tour” and “Intro to Textile Surface Design”.  And that’s just in July!

If you’d like to attend one of them, please sign up asap! Find a friend to join you.  We do our best to get information out about AFS and its course offerings, but word of mouth is still the best way.  Be sure to get yourself a course catalog if you haven’t gotten one yet and help us spread the word about what we’re trying to do here in Talkeetna.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that a class has a space for you at the “last minute”.  So, sign up early when you can, but don’t hesitate to check on availability any time.

Enjoy these summer days.  Learn something new, grow your experiences, share your passions.

Mosaic made with polymer clay tiles

They’re Here!!!

The NSI/AFS Catalogs have finally arrived.  We are distributing them to various locations in Talkeetna and the lower valley.  Feel free to stop by and grab one (or more).  Or you can request that we mail you one by clicking the link on the right sidebar.  Lots of fun things happening….

Hot Off the Press

The NSI Catalog of programs and courses is now available for your reading pleasure. Of course, you can find most of the information here on the website, but if you’d like the old-fashioned paper version we’d be happy to send you a copy. Email