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…

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…

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.…

Education Internships at AWCC

We’re excited to announce that the application window for our summer Education Internship Program is officially live! We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience as our team worked to organize this program for the season. For those not familiar with our Education Internship, it’s a wonderful opportunity for those passionate about conservation to learn more about Alaska’s…

February Hours at AWCC

We’d like to take a moment to update everyone on our February hours at AWCC. Due to the lack of winter-festivals and bookings, we have made the tough decision to remain at our current 4-day operations schedule through February. This will also help to mitigate costs during the pandemic. We plan to move to 7-day…

Donate your Christmas Tree to AWCC

Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Why not donate your Christmas tree to AWCC! Animals like Artemis the rescued muskox love to kick, head-butt, and nibble on Christmas trees that supporters donate to the center. Trees provide a great source of enrichment for a wide variety of…

Winter at the AWCC

We’ve had folks ask us some great questions recently about what our animals do during winter at the AWCC. Are they active? Can you still see them? And what certain things does our Animal Care staff do to make sure they’re comfortable when it gets cold out?  To name a few things our staff does,…

Kick Sledding Adventure at AWCC

Come on down this winter for a kick sledding adventure at AWCC! A self-guided kick sled tour is a great way to experience the center and enjoy an Alaskan winter wonderland. The weather and the roads here at AWCC are perfect for kick-sledding this winter! We have kick-sleds to fit all ages and sizes. Enjoy…
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