Frequently Asked Questions
What is AWCC?
AWCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care.
How did the animals get here? Will they be released back into the wild?
The majority of our animals have a permanent home at the AWCC. Animals come to us for a variety of reasons. Some animals are abandoned at a young age and others are injured in the wild. Because of this, they often lack the skills needed to survive in the wild and are also reliant on humans for their care. Our Wood Bison Re-Introduction Project was a unique case. AWCC worked directly with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Department of Fish & Game to conduct the re-introduction of these animals back into their native ranges in Alaska.
Are wheelchairs available?
AWCC does not provide a wheel chair or walker for guests, however they can drive around via the 1.5 mile loop through the 200 acre sanctuary.
What is AWCC’s driving/walking situation?
Visitors can either walk or drive our 1.5-mile loop. AWCC is an outside facility; all animals are outside in their fenced-in enclosures.
Can I bring my dog?
We do not recommend bringing pets, as they are not allowed to walk around the AWCC as it may frighten our animals. If you must bring a pet, you are required to leave your pet in your vehicle at all times. Please keep in mind that it does get sunny in the summer and we do not have shade in our parking lot.
Can I feed or pet the animals?
Visitors are prohibited from petting or feeding any animals at AWCC. We do offer a special Moose Encounter program, led by animal care staff, where visitors can feed our bull moose for an additional fee.
Can I donate items?

AWCC takes monetary donations as well as donations of specific items we’re currently in need of. Visit our wish list and our Amazon Charity List for donation items.

How far is AWCC from town?

AWCC is about one hour from Anchorage (47 miles), 1.5 hours from Seward (78 miles), 12 minutes from Girdwood (11 miles), and 20 minutes from Whittier (12 miles).

What is AWCC's physical address?

Mile 79 Seward Highway
43520 Seward Highway
Portage, AK 99587

GPS: 60.821359136434815, -148.97859183491985

Is there food for purchase at AWCC?

Yes, the Be Wild Gift Shop offers hot beverages and grab-n-go snacks year-round. In the summer months, Forget-Me-Not Foods food truck is on site and serving hot/cold beverages, grab-n-go snacks, and lunch items. See our Dining Options page for more information.

Where can we stay near AWCC?
There are multiple hotels and bed & breakfasts in Anchorage, as well as the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. There are also bed & breakfast inns in Whittier.
Does AWCC provide transportation?

We do not provide transportation to/from the AWCC. However, several tour companies include the AWCC on their tours. If you arrive via Uber, Lyft, or Taxi, please be sure to have the diver wait for you on property. Drivers are dispatched from Anchorage, and scheduling a pick-up in Portage is usually not available.

Is photography and filming permitted?

Photography is permitted only for personal use. All film, video and still photography produced on the grounds of the AWCC for commercial purposes requires a written agreement with AWCC and a fee paid based on service desired. All film, video and photography taken within AWCC and used for commercial purposes without authorization is subject to legal action. AWCC prohibits the flight and usage of drones above our property. If you are interested in commercial filming or photography, please email events@alaskawildlife.org.

Can I do my own virtual tour?

Virtual Tours and Field Trips are conducted by AWCC staff only. Whether fee-based or done free of charge, Virtual Tours & Field Trips must be booked and approved by the education department. Please call 907-783-0058 or email education@alaskawildlife.org to schedule a Virtual Tour or Virtual Field Trip.

How much does it cost?

General Admission Prices

General Admission: $25.00 per person (ages 13 and up)
Youth: $20.00 per person (ages 4 to 12)
Child: Free (3 and under)
Military: $22.00 per person (active US military with ID)
Alaska: $22 per person (Valid Alaska ID required. Year Round.)
Alaska Youth: $18 per person (ages 4 to 12. Valid Alaska ID required. Year Round.)

What do the adoption levels mean?

A Skulk is a group of foxes
A Chain is a group of lynx
A Prickle is a group of porcupine
A Yoke is a group of muskoxen
A Gang is a group of elk
A Parliament is a group of owls

What do I wear for a visit in the winter?

During the winter months, please be sure to wear a warm outdoor jacket with warm outdoor pants, sturdy footwear, warm hat, gloves, and plan to be outdoors for the entire tour. Ice grippers for your boots are also recommended.

New tour announcement! We are excited to launch the Naturalist Guided Walking Tour, with 2 departures daily. This tour may also be booked last minute. Learn More HERE, or book HERE.