As the days start getting longer and with the busy season just around the corner, the AWCC will be moving to a 7-day operating schedule as of Monday, March 1st. We’ll be open from 10:00AM – 6:00PM with guests having one hour to enjoy the center if they arrive at 5:00PM. The Be Wild Gift Shop will be open daily as well from 10AM to 5:30PM. Be sure to swing by the store to check out our wide selection of unique Alaskan gifts and souvenirs before leaving the center for the day!
In March, we’re also kicking-off our free 12:30PM Naturalist’s Selection Program. This program occurs daily and the topic rotates between the many animal species in our care. Animals our naturalist might discuss include moose, birds of prey, porcupines and more. As we move into summer, we hope to offer even more free educational programs to our guests. Visit our COVID-19 page to stay up to date on our current offerings as well as restrictions due to the pandemic.
Things to do in Portage
Looking to make a day of your visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center? There might still be a chill on the breeze in March but there’s still plenty to do in Portage, Alaska after you’ve spent a few hours viewing our wildlife. Consider heading down Portage Glacier Road which is just a stone’s throw away from the entrance to the AWCC. Here you’ll have countless opportunities to explore the many points of interest along this scenic drive. One of our favorite leisurely hikes in the area is the Trail of Blue Ice which offers a peaceful jaunt through the Chugach National Forest. Another highlight is the Byron Glacier trail that takes you through a tranquil river valley as you hike the 3 miles towards this stunning glacier.
Head all the way down this awesome 7-mile road and you’ll be greeted with the Begich Boggs Visitor Center and Portage Lake. This beautiful view-point offers a panoramic view of the Chugach Mountain Range and is a great spot for ice skating in the winter and kayaking in the spring and summer. Continue on and you’ll discover the Whittier Tunnel which leads to a quant little town full of epic hikes, delicious restaurants, and countless recreational opportunities.
We hope you are able to visit AWCC this month and that you take time to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Portage, Alaska!