New Animal Audio Guides

We’ve just released new animal audio guides, which are perfect for a self-guided tour! This gives you the ability to play the audio guides on your phone while you are at the various animal habitats. CLICK HERE for Audio Guides External Link to Alaska.org Come enjoy over 200 acres of animal enclosures by self-touring our…

Calling all birders!

Calling all birders! Every year, thousands of birds make the journey north to raise their young and take advantage of the copious plant and animal life our state has to offer. This is commonly referred to as the “Spring Migration”. The AWCC sits on the Turnagain Arm, making it a haven for our feathered friends…

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Receives $250,000 from Matson, Inc. for the upcoming Matson Ocean Education Center

PRESS RELEASE: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Receives $250,000 from Matson, Inc. for the upcoming Matson Ocean Education Center January 26, 2022 – For Immediate Release (Portage, AK) – The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), Alaska’s premier wildlife sanctuary, has received a $250,000.00 grant from Matson to help fund an Ocean Education Center, to be located…

Christmas Tree Donations = Enrichment for the Animals

Christmas tree enrichment for the animals was recently featured on Alaska’s News Source! Check out our curator, Sarah (Howie) Howard, explaining why our animals love this form of enrichment so much: Thank you to all those who have donated real trees to us! And, if you’re one of those people who likes to keep your…

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…
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