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Father’s Day Feature – Meet Matt Hertel of AWCC

Father’s Day Feature – Meet Matt Hertel of AWCC

Matt is the Maintenance & Projects Manager here at the sanctuary. He shares his story moving from Minnesota to Portage, AK, with Muskox Flannels for an inside look into his work at the AWCC, raising a daughter in Alaska and their quest to stay connected to nature,...

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Hummingbird Fun at AWCC

Hummingbird Fun at AWCC

Migratory birds have returned to the sanctuary! Make sure to bring your binoculars the next time you visit us! This time of year is always exciting for us here in Portage; it feels like getting to say hello to friends we haven’t seen in a while. These birds make...

Hold My Bear Launch Party

Hold My Bear Launch Party

Have you heard the buzz a’brewing about ‘Hold My Bear’? May 19th 2pm-4pm marks the release of our special collaboration with Girdwood Brewing Company (GBC)! GBC has partnered with us to create a refreshing Helles Lager just in time for warmer weather. Audiences on...

AWCC Live

AWCC Live

Have you heard about our Livestreams? Keep an eye on our Facebook page as Naturalist/Education Specialist, Natalie, invites you to catch an in-depth glimpse of the inner workings here at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center via live video. This format provides fans...

Announcing Kobuk the Black Bear Encounter

Announcing Kobuk the Black Bear Encounter

We know you love the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center’s resident celebrity, Mr. Kobuk…well, now’s your chance to participate in his care! The AWCC invites you to have a hand in our mission of providing quality animal care to our residents by assisting staff in...

AWCC Is Proud to Sponsor Alyeska Resort’s Spring Carnival

AWCC Is Proud to Sponsor Alyeska Resort’s Spring Carnival

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is pleased to announce that we are a sponsor for Alyeska Resort's Spring Carnival including the 2024  Alaska Airlines Slush Cup! AWCC will be onsite all weekend long! Our Director of Sales & Marketing, Nicole Geils, will be...

Sarah Howard Honored by the American Red Cross

Sarah Howard Honored by the American Red Cross

The executive director of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Sarah Howard (or ‘Howie’ as you may know her) was honored last month by the American Red Cross of Alaska, receiving a Real Heroes Award for Medical Rescue. Howie jumped into action last summer here...

AWCC Easter Egg-stravaganza

AWCC Easter Egg-stravaganza

The AWCC is delighted to announce our annual Easter Egg-stravaganza! Join us here at the sanctuary March 31st from 11AM-3PM for a day full of fun. Included in the price of admission is a whole list of events. From a live puppet show, to special animal enrichment,...

Beluga Monitoring Spring Orientation

Beluga Monitoring Spring Orientation

Our partners at the Alaska Beluga Monitoring Program (ABMP) have announced their spring orientation for new volunteers! The ABMP is a community science program led by NOAA Fisheries that monitors the health of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale population through...

We’re Looking for Tree Branches

We’re Looking for Tree Branches

It’s sure been windy here in Alaska – which leads to a great way to help the AWCC! As you’re cleaning up your yard after these blustery days, consider gathering up any broken branches (especially those with lichen or leaves attached) to donate to our animals. They...

Paint an Antler 2024

Paint an Antler 2024

Paint an Antler is back and better than ever – express your creativity, support Alaska’s wildlife, and take home a souvenir unlike any other! Every year our hoofstock shed their antlers, we gather them up, and we invite YOU to the AWCC to paint them! What you need to...

Discover the WILD of Alaska and come meet the locals! Walk on the Wild Side Tours are available year-round and include an animal encounter. Summer Moose Encounters & Bear Encounters are available for online booking. Book early to ensure your spot!