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: March 24, 2021

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 and maintaining your travel bubble.

  • 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, bike, x-country ski, or kick-sled the 1.5-mile loop around our facility.
    • Please respect other guests and follow the 6ft physical distancing guidelines while visiting the center.
    • 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.
    • Bison Hall has occupancy restrictions in place in accordance with Emergency Order EO-19.
  • Free Daily Education Programs and Tours:
    • Face masks are required to be worn by all guests participating in our education programs and tours including Free Daily Education Programs and Walk on the Wild Side Tours. Guests must provide their own face mask.
      • Visit the Be Wild Gift Shop to purchase a Buff® or animal print face mask.
    • 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 ready.
  • The Be Wild Gift Shop is open.
    • 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.
    • The Be Wild Gift Shop is open daily from 10:00AM – 5:30PM.

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