Visit Us

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Come enjoy over 200 acres of animal enclosures by touring our scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot or by car, while learning about our resident wildlife. We look forward to seeing you at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and hope you enjoy your visit!

Operating Hours, Open Rain or Shine:

Guests have one hour to enjoy the center if they come at the advertised closing time.

  • January: 10 am to 3 pm (4-day operations: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
  • February: 10 am to 4 pm
  • March & April: 10 am to 5 pm
  • May thru August: 8:30 am to 7 pm
  • September: 9 am to 6 pm
  • October: 10 am to 5 pm
  • November: 10 am to 4 pm (4-day operations: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
  • December: 10 am to 3 pm (4-day operations: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
  • For Holiday Break we will be open 7 days a week from December 21 to December 31; we will be closed December 24, December 25 and January 1.
  • CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • OPEN: All other holidays.

Note: Hours are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

Daily Animal Feeding Schedule

Admission tickets to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center do not sell out. Tickets can be purchased online or upon arrival the day of.

Get Here

Directions:

Follow AK Route 1 (The Seward Highway) South for about 47 miles from Anchorage, past Girdwood. We’re located just before the Portage Glacier road turnoff on your right at Mile 79 of the Seward Highway!

Get Around

Prices:

Adult
$16 per person
Youth
$11Ages 7 - 17
Children
Free6 and under
Seniors
$14Ages 65+
Military
$14US Military ID required

Tour Partners Inquire here

Extra Learning Opportunities:

Exclusive Walk on the Wild Side Tour (year round) – 1.5 Hours (10 person Maximum)
$100.00 per person (must be 10 or older).
To reserve winter tours, please call 907-783-0058 or email.

Commercial photography and filming is prohibited at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  

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 the Center’s property. If you are interested in commercial filming or photography, please reach out to the Sales and Marketing Manager for more information at robin@alaskawildlife.org.

Safety Guidelines

  • DO NOT TOUCH OR FEED THE ANIMALS!
  • Make sure all children are kept away from fences.
  • Never attempt to pet or hand-feed any animals.
  • Leave all plants and flowers for the enjoyment of others. Help keep the grounds beautiful.
  • Litter is a deadly hazard to animals. Put garbage in its proper place.
  • Keep pets in your vehicle at all times.
  • Respect the animals. Do not taunt or harass them.

For the best deal in town, become a Wolf Pack Member (or higher)! Enjoy free access to AWCC for a year plus receive 10% off your purchases in the Be Wild Gift Shop every time you shop!

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