Meet the locals
A proud partner of the Wood Bison Reintroduction Project. Wood Bison, a species once thought extinct, now roam free again in Alaska A perfect venue for a wedding or meeting Bison Hall Plan your visit Adopt an animal (Sorry, you can't take one home)

10AM - 6PM.
Purchase tickets
on arrival.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care.

AWCC is in urgent need of your support. Our animals require care and feeding regardless of the pandemic. Your gift will help us purchase food, provide veterinary care, and provide enrichment for the animals of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Thank you for supporting AWCC with your tax deductible gift. -Roar, Hoot, Bugle & Howl!

Click HERE to view a map of the sanctuary.
Go GREEN and use the digital map!

General Admission Tickets to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center do not sell out. Purchase General Admission Tickets upon arrival on the day of your visit.

2021 General Admission Prices:
$17 per person
Alaska Resident: $15 per person (with valid Alaska ID)
Military: $15 per person (with US military ID)
Senior: $15 per person
Youth/Student (age 7-17): $13 per person
Child (age 6 and under): FREE

Fun ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife include riding your bike, walking, or driving the 1.5 mile loop around the sanctuary.

Winter Animal Program Schedule:

AWCC’s free Daily Education Programs are fun & informative!

*AWCC reserves the right to cancel Free Daily Educational Programs if/when necessary. 

11:30 a.m.

Naturalist’s Selection*

*Daily rotating program – AWCC Naturalists select one of our many animal species to discuss.

Location: Check the daily program board at the Be Wild Gift Shop.

Upcoming Events:

Halloween Fun at AWCC
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come celebrate Halloween with the wildlife!


Bison Hall Boneyard | 11AM – 4PM
Come to Bison Hall and test your forensic anthropology skills!

Halloween Themed Naturalist Selection | 11AM – 12:30PM
Location: Observation Deck
Station: Scat & Track Matching Game
Come to the Observation Deck to play a fun game of matching scat with tracks! Are you Scatologist at heart?

Hayrides | 12PM – 3PM
FREE! Hayrides are complementary with the cost of admission. Enjoy a hayride, pulled by the AWCC tractor through the sanctuary.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location: In front of Bison Hall

Costumes encouraged!

Mask Requirements: Please note, masks are required indoors and on the hayride. Thank you for your cooperation.

Military Mondays at the AWCC!
Nov 1 2021 @ 10:00 am – Apr 4 2022 @ 4:00 pm
Military Mondays at the AWCC! @ AWCC

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center thanks the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. To show our appreciation, we are offering *free* admission on the first Monday of each month from October through April to all active duty and retired military personnel and their dependents. See you then!

Dates: October 4, 2021 | November 1, 2021 | December 6, 2021 | January 3, 2022 | February 7, 2022 | March 7, 2022 | April 4, 2022

*Must present proof of military service with ID or pay stub at time of purchase.

For AWCC’s Hours of Operation, Click HERE

Federal Employee Day
Nov 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 13, 2021, is Federal Employee Day!

Join us at the sanctuary for a super-fun day filled with free educational programs, story time for kids, and door prizes! Help AWCC spread the word, and download the event flyer HERE.


  • Special Rate for Federal Employees: $10 per person
    • Valid for all retired Federal employees as well!
  • Kids 6 and Under: FREE


  • Get your Holiday Shopping done early with a 10% Discount in the Be Wild Gift Shop!
    • Bonus, as AWCC is a non-profit, all proceeds go straight back to the animals and helping Alaska’s wildlife.
  • Enter to Win a Walk on the Wild Side Tour for 2 in the Be Wild Gift Shop. 
  • Door prizes will be given away all day!
  • Food Truck: TBD


  • 11AM Walking Tour
    • Max group size is 15. 
    • First come, first served. Suggested Donation for Walking Tour: $5 per person.
    • Open to all ages.
  • 2PM Walk on the Wild Side Tour
    • Max group size is 10. 
    • $100 per person.
    • For ages 10 and up only.
    • Advanced Reservations Required. More Details HERE!

Free Educational Programs

  • 10AM – 5PM Biofact Display – located in Bison Hall
  • 10AM – 10:45AM Muskox Calves – located near the Animal Infirmary
  • 12:45PM – 1:45PM Porcupine Chat – located between Twix and KitKat
  • 4PM – 5PM Moose Musings – located in front of the red Bunkhouse

Free Story Time for Kids

  • 12PM – 12:30PM – located in Bison Hall
  • 2PM – 2:30PM – located in Bison Hall
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. AWCC is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. AWCC takes in orphaned and injured animals year-round and provides them a forever home. The sanctuary maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for resident animals to feel at home displaying their natural wild behavior as education ambassadors for their species.

Meet the Locals:


Bald Eagle

Wood Bison




Black Bears





Great-Horned Owl

Brown Bears