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‘Hold My Bear’ Declared Winner

‘Hold My Bear’ Declared Winner

The results are in! The people have spoken and with a resounding margin of 204 votes, our collaboration with Girdwood Brewing will be called “Hold My Bear”! Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a vote – we were amazed by the turnout. Overall we had 351 votes on...

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Travelers’ Choice 2023

Travelers’ Choice 2023

AWCC is proud to announce that we have been recognized by Tripadvisor as a 2023 Travelers’ Choice award winner! The coveted award celebrates businesses that have consistently received great traveler reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months, placing these winners...

Girdwood Forest Fair Parade

Girdwood Forest Fair Parade

We had a great time participating in the annual Girdwood Forest Fair Parade and giving back to the community we love by supporting this annual family-friendly event. Thank you Doug Lindstrand...

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale: A Promising Discovery

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale: A Promising Discovery

The Cook Inlet beluga whale, an endangered population inhabiting the Cook Inlet in Alaska, has been the focus of conservation efforts for years. These creatures have faced challenges, including habitat degradation and noise pollution. However, recent developments...

Moose Encounters and Bear Encounters are Back

Moose Encounters and Bear Encounters are Back

Moose encounters and bear encounters are BACK for the season! Bear Encounters run from June 1 through August 15 Enjoy the unique opportunity to observe and learn about our resident brown bears. Join in on a daily feeding session, where you can gain knowledge about...

Summer Hummingbird Days 2023 was a success!

Summer Hummingbird Days 2023 was a success!

Summer Hummingbird Days 2023 was a success!  Todd Eskelin, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), treated a crowd to our annual hummingbird banding event! Rufous hummingbird bandings took place while biologists and AWCC naturalists...

2023 Summer Hummingbird Days

2023 Summer Hummingbird Days

As summer approaches, nature enthusiasts and bird lovers eagerly anticipate the vibrant display of one of nature's most fascinating creatures – the rufous hummingbird. Join us as we delve into a world of delicate wings and iridescent feathers during our Summer...

North American Caribou Workshop & Arctic Ungulate Conference

North American Caribou Workshop & Arctic Ungulate Conference

Members of our team recently attended the 2023 North American Caribou & Arctic Ungulate Conference, where they had the privilege of listening to speakers teach them about how arctic wildlife adapts to current environmental changes. This provided our team with...

AWCC Chapman School Outreach Program

AWCC Chapman School Outreach Program

The AWCC Education Team recently had the opportunity to teach academic programs at Chapman School in Anchor Point. They prepared four Awesome Adaptations programs for Chapman School's third through eighth graders. These programs offered students hands-on experiences...

Aurora Borealis Dancing Over AWCC

Aurora Borealis Dancing Over AWCC

At 1AM this morning, AWCC's Executive Director, Sarah Howard, captured the northern lights dancing above the sanctuary. The Northern Lights Centre describes these awe-inspiring waves of light as collisions between...

Join our WILD Team

Join our WILD Team

We’re Hiring – Come work at AWCC in beautiful Portage, Alaska! No matter the department, you’ll be joining a dedicated team of hard-working individuals that strive to uphold our mission of preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and...

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!