COVID-19 Update

We’d like to take a moment to update our followers about our operations and what we are doing to protect our visitors and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are currently open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Guests will have one hour to enjoy the center if arriving at 5pm. AWCC is an outdoor facility and an excellent option for something to do while social distancing.

  • We encourage guests to buy admission tickets online.
  • Guests can come do a self-tour in their own vehicles or enjoy some fresh Alaska air as they walk the 1.5-mile loop around our facility.
    • Please respect other guests and follow the 6 ft social distancing guidelines while visiting the center.
    • Due to the order implemented by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on 6/29/2020, face masks must be worn while within all indoor areas at the AWCC. This includes Bison Hall, the Be Wild Gift Shop, and all restrooms.
  • Free Daily Education Programs and Tours resumed on June 1 with reduced occupancy guidelines, however:
    • Face masks are required to be worn by all guests participating in our education programs and tours including Free Daily Education Programs, Walk on the Wild Side Tours, Bear Encounters, and Moose Encounters. Guests must provide their own face mask.
    • In accordance with EO-15, issued by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on 7/31/2020, Bear Business is cancelled beginning Monday, August 3 through Sunday, August 30, 2020. AWCC reserves the right to cancel Kobuk Curriculum, Carnivore Chat and Wolf Wisdom when necessary.
    • Visit the Be Wild Gift Shop to purchase a Buff® or animal print face mask.
  • The Be Wild Gift Shop is open with reduced hours and occupancy guidelines are in effect.
    • We highly encourage guests to visit our online store.
    • Face masks are required to be worn while shopping in the Be Wild Gift Shop. Guests must provide their own face mask.
    • Effective Monday, August 3, occupancy in the Be Wild Gift Shop is limited to 12 guests.
    • Reduced Hours are in effect. The Be Wild Gift Shop open daily from 11AM – 5:30PM.
  • The Forget-Me-Not Foods food truck is on site and serving hot/cold beverages, grab-n-go snacks, and lunch items!
    • June 9 – June 28, 2020: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • June 29 – August 30, 2020: Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Fully compliant with MOA EO-15
    • August 31 – September 30, 2020: Open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AWCC takes your health, the health of our staff and our resident animals very seriously. We have implemented procedures to increase sanitation throughout the facility and will continue to monitor the situation and keep you apprised if additional measures are needed.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns by sending us a message or emailing us at