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, employees, and animals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated: September 28, 2022

In September & October, we are OPEN DAILY (rain or shine) from 10:00AM – 6:00PM, with the last entry at 5PM. Please note, the ticket booth closes promptly at 6PM. 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. Year-Round Hours of Operation:

AWCC is an outdoor facility and an excellent option for something to do while social distancing and maintaining your travel bubble. Guests can come do a self-tour in their own vehicles or enjoy some fresh Alaska air as they walk or bike the 1.5-mile loop around our 200 acre facility.

AWCC’s 1.5 mile loop is perfect for adventure in the winter months as well! Unique ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife in the winter include gliding on your cross country skis, riding your fat bike, or utilizing AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals. You are also welcome to walk or drive the 1.5 mile loop around the sanctuary. Please note: ice grippers are recommended while walking during the winter months.

  • Tours:
      • This includes the animal encounter portion of the Walk on the Wild Side Tour.
      • Acceptable facial coverings need to be multi-layered; buffs will not be allowed.
      • COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, and our animals are susceptible. Masking keeps the animals safe.
      • Guests must provide their own facemask.
    • Free Daily Educational Programs have resumed.
      • View Schedule Here
      • AWCC reserves the right to cancel free daily educational programs if/when necessary.
    • Cancellation Policy: All reservations* are fully refundable up to 72 hours in advance, after 72 hours all reservations are non-refundable. *Reservations include the following: Admission Tickets, Moose Encounters, Walk on the Wild Side Tours, Bear Encounters, Step on Guides, School Field Trips, Pre Scheduled-Education programs, and Wildlife Presentations. Please note there are no refunds made due to weather or arriving early. To cancel your admission tickets, tours, field trips, event tickets or reservations please call 907-783-0058 or email with your name and reservation number.
  • The Be Wild Gift Shop:
    • Anticipated August Hours: 10AM – 5:30PM
    • While AWCC will endeavor to open the Be Wild Gift Shop daily, actual hours of operation may vary due to low staffing levels. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are putting more items in our online store to address our staffing shortage.

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 emailing us at