Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Methodist Camp

Methodist Camp

From boardwalk at west end of Methodist Camp, a 34-second experiment with cable-cam mode for smoother panning. View rotates northward over the 160-foot spruces on alluvial fan of Mayfly Creek

6 mayfly cablecam from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

Discovery Southeast has deep roots at this wonderful facility. In the mid-1980s, when I was caretaker of the Scout camp just across the river, 4 master-teachers at Harborview Elementary School bused their classes to Methodist Camp for winter skiing-tracking overnights, and week-long camps in May. I began assisting with these programs, and pretty soon the idea of Discovery was hatched.

Of course Discovery’s history here only goes back 30 years or so. Folks like Judy Maier and Mary Lou King have welcomed students to Eagle River since the 1950s, before there was even a bridge across the river. For a history of the camp, see Mary Lou’s 90 short walks around Juneau.

Methodist Camp. Above: bare earth and tree heights from LiDAR digital elevation model. Below: May 2013 color infrared.

Methodist Camp. Above: bare earth and tree heights from LiDAR digital elevation model. Below: May 2013 color infrared.