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…

AWCC’s resident bears are featured in the popular TRAVEL ALASKA BLOG – BEARS OF ALASKA!

This fun and informative article breaks down bear viewing by region. Excerpt: Polar bears, brown bears and black bears, oh my! With three types of the impressive (but not cuddly) mammals living across Alaska, that’s nearly 140,000 bears roaming the state. While any visitor could certainly spend a vacation without seeing one, the chances are…

Discovery.com Article Highlight: Learn More About the Alaska Conservation Center

Learn more about the sanctuary in this great article by Lucy Sherriff. External Link: https://www.discovery.com/nature/this-alaska-conservation-center-rescues-orphaned-wildlife  

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…
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