Frequently Asked Questions

What is AWCC?

AWCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care.

How did the animals get here? Will they be released back into the wild?

The majority of our animals have a permanent home at the AWCC. Animals come to us for a variety of reasons. Some animals are abandoned at a young age and others are injured in the wild. Because of this, they often lack the skills needed to survive in the wild and are also reliant on humans for their care. Our Wood Bison Re-Introduction Project was a unique case. AWCC worked directly with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Department of Fish & Game to conduct the re-introduction of these animals back into their native ranges in Alaska.

Are wheelchairs available?

AWCC does not provide a wheel chair or walker for guests, however they can drive around via the 1.5 mile loop through the 200 acre sanctuary.

What is AWCC’s driving/walking situation? 

Visitors can either walk or drive our 1.5-mile loop. AWCC is an outside facility; all animals are outside in their fenced-in enclosures.

Can I bring my dog?

We do not recommend bringing pets, as they are not allowed to walk around the AWCC as it may frighten our animals. If you must bring a pet, you are required to leave your pet in your vehicle at all times. Please keep in mind that it does get sunny in the summer and we do not have shade in our parking lot.

Can I feed or pet the animals? 

Visitors are prohibited from petting or feeding any animals at AWCC. We do offer a special Moose Encounter program, led by animal care staff, where visitors can feed our moose for an additional fee.

Can I donate items?

AWCC takes monetary donations as well as donations of specific items we’re currently in need of.  Visit our wish list and our Amazon Charity List for donation items.

How far is AWCC from town?

AWCC is about one hour from Anchorage (47 miles), 1.5 hours from Seward (78 miles), and 20 minutes from Whittier (12 miles).

Is there food for purchase at AWCC?

Yes, in the summer months Forget-Me-Not Foods food truck is on site and serving hot/cold beverages, grab-n-go snacks, and lunch items! See our Dining Options page here.

Where can we stay near AWCC?

There are multiple hotels and bed & breakfasts in Anchorage, as well as the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. There are also bed & breakfast inns in Whittier.

Does AWCC provide transportation?

We do not provide transportation to/from the AWCC. However, several tour companies include the AWCC on their tours.

Is photography and filming permitted?

Photography is permitted only for personal use. All film, video and still photography produced on the grounds of the AWCC for commercial purposes requires a written agreement with AWCC and a fee paid based on service desired. All film, video and photography taken within AWCC and used for commercial purposes without authorization is subject to legal action. AWCC prohibits the flight and usage of drones above our property. If you are interested in commercial filming or photography, please email

Can I do my own virtual tour?

Virtual Tours and Field Trips are conducted by AWCC staff only. Whether fee-based or done free of charge, Virtual Tours & Field Trips must be booked and approved by the education department. Please call 907-783-0058 or email to schedule a Virtual Tour or Virtual Field Trip.

How much does it cost?

General Admission Prices
Adult: $18 per person
Alaska Resident: $16 per person (Nov. 30 – April 30 only. Valid Alaska ID required.)
Military: $16 per person (active US military with ID)
Senior: $16 per person
Youth (age 5-17): $14 per person
Child (age 4 and under): FREE