Beary Playful

Enjoy this video of Kobuk the Black Bear at play, filmed by a guest visiting the sanctuary in July of 2021. This video highlights the importance of enrichment. Sonia, AWCC Animal Keeper & Enrichment Coordinator, chats with us about the importance of enrichment: As the enrichment coordinator it is my job to make sure that…

Video tour of the AWCC with the Newstate Nomads!

Newstates Go North | 2021 Alaska Road Trip – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center By: Howard and Katelyn… the Newstate Nomads. Great ready for all the Alaskan Animals! Join us on an exclusive tour with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) team to get up close and personal with brown bears, moose, elk, wood bison, sika…

Animal Enrichment at AWCC

Here at AWCC, we love to keep our animals’ bodies active and minds stimulated. That’s why we utilize operant conditioning and five different kinds of animal enrichment to keep them happy: Sensory, environmental, dietary, novelty, and social. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which an animal learns from its behaviors as it interacts…

Alaska Animal Rescue Season 2

Did you know that season 2 of Alaska Animal Rescue is now on Nat Geo Wild? This exciting series follows staff from the Alaska Sealife Center, the Alaska Raptor Center, and of course Howie and the team here at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. New episodes air on Saturdays at 10:00PM EST. Can’t make it? No…

FREE Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day at AWCC!

We would like to say thank you to all the mothers for everything they do with free admission for moms on Mother’s Day! Bring mom for a visit on May 9th, 2021. Come explore the sanctuary and share this special day with Alaska’s wildlife! Tour the center by riding your bike, walking, or driving the…

AWCC Announces Trish Baker as Executive Director

All of us here at AWCC are excited to announce that Trish Baker has been promoted to Executive Director! Trish has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since August 1, 2020. “Trish is the right leader for the wildlife center,” said Lana Johnson, AWCC’s Board President. “Her willingness to step up as Interim ED…

New Dining Options this Spring at AWCC

We’re excited to announce that there will be new dining options this spring at AWCC! BruceSkis Turkish Cuisine will be setting up shop as of Wednesday March 10th and serving delicious food to our guests until Friday, April 30th. They’ll offer a variety of dishes popular throughout Turkey & the Mediterranean so you’ll never go…

AWCC Moves to 7-Day Operating Schedule

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…

Pip & Jo the Rescued Moose Calves Move to their New Home

We’re excited to announce that Pip & Jo the rescued moose calves have moved into their new home here at AWCC! Now that they’ve gotten bigger, this larger enclosure offers them more space to explore and play. Right now they are neighbors with Arnold the moose, but this summer they’ll become roommates so they can…

AWCC is Hiring for a Retail Manager

Interested in joining an amazing team in beautiful Portage, Alaska? Have experience and skills in the world of business, retail, and employee management? Then our Retail Manager position might be just for you! The AWCC is hiring for a Retail Manager to oversee the operations of our Be Wild Gift Shop and online store. This…

Announcing AWCC’s 3rd Annual Art Contest

We’re excited to announce AWCC’s 3rd Annual Art Contest in Partnership with the Wild Postcard Project! The contest is open for youth across Alaska from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This year’s theme is Alaska Biodiversity and young artists have until March 14th to submit their work. Whether it’s a drawing, sculpture, painting or mixed media,…

Donate to AWCC with Pick.Click.Give.

Calling all Alaskans! While you’re applying for your Permanent Dividend Fund (PFD) this year, don’t forget that you can choose to donate to AWCC. Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to make tax deductible donations to causes they care about statewide by using a portion of their PFD.  Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to make donations in increments of $25.…
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