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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Alaska, 99587

The Basics

You can explore the center’s vast grounds on foot or by car via a scenic 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) loop marked with informational placards about the resident animals. Most travelers visit the center as part of a guided wildlife tour, which often includes a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm. You can also combine a visit to the conservation center with a cruise on Portage Lake for an up-close view of the magnificent Portage Glacier.

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Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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$129.00 per adult
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Wildlife Tour
Chris was amazing. He was very familiar with the beautiful surroundings in Alaska. I enjoyed ever moment as we saw wildlife and nature. Thank you Chris this experience could not happened without you.
Tunisia_L, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Anchorage

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Comprehensive Tour of the Anchorage Area
Shayne, Sep 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Arturo was a great guide. We was nice, answered all our questions, and gave us suggestions on further activities to do and places to see in Alaska. It was a comprehensive tour that showed us the highlights of Anchorage and nearby areas.
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Fabulous full day!
Terry_D, Sep 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Arturo was just like a member of the family…albeit so much better informed about Alaska than the rest of us. His fishing stories really brought the Anchorage area to life. He took extra care of us each step of the way, and these 6 hours just flew by!
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See the animals of Alaska safely
David_T, Jul 2021
Alaska Wildlife Tour
We had Albert as our tour guide and he was awesome. He knew exactly where to stop so we could get great pictures. He was full of knowledge & made the journey even better.
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Highly recommend
MaryEllen_B, Jul 2021
Alaska Wildlife Tour
Albert is an amazing guide - full of knowledge and appreciation for the animals and landscape. I would book any tour his company offers.
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Leisurely personal senic tour
colleen_obrien, Aug 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
What a wonderful day trip! The senic views on the drive out to the glacier tour was a delight. Enroute We saw beluga whales in the water. Our guide had such sharp eyes spotting loads or wild life for us to see.. we were treated to special stop on th he way home that captured a quintessential Alaskan Visa. Amazing! Enjoy nature and wonderful company on excursion. We loved ir!!
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Terrific tour!
Nancy_A, Aug 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Authora (our guide) was super. Very knowledgeable and included lots of local flavor and anecdotes. The Portland Glacier and the boat ride were a beautiful start to the day and the Seward Highway by Turnagain Arm was breathtaking. Well worth the time and money on our extra day in Anchorage.
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Wonderful first day of our vacation!
LeeGosney, Jul 2018
Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
The driver was excellent and gave us a lot of information in a very relaxed, friendly manner. We saw everything and more than I expected.
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Amazing
Cathy_B, Jul 2018
Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
One of the most amazing places I have ever experienced. You get to see animals up close that have been abandoned or injuried, some of which I never imagined to see if even heard of like wood buffalo and porcupines. A beautiful bald eagle, a lynx, moose, elk, brown bear cub and many others are well cared Well worth the trip.
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Delighted in Anchorage
Meredith_t, Aug 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Arturo was an incredible guide and very informative. It was a plus that it was a private tour! I must do here in Anchorage..it encompasses all you need to do in 6 hours.
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A must experience!
Timothy_S, Jul 2021
Alaska Wildlife Tour
Tanner was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, conversational, affable, and considerate. We loved the conservation center and its mission.
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Great Adventure
Nicole_B, Aug 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
The tour guide was exceptional. He explained what we were seeing and wher we were going. This is my second time here but by far the best experience.
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Great tour great guide.
Michael_G, Jul 2021
Alaska Wildlife Tour
OMG this was such a great tour. Our guide Zac was the absolute best. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We had an amazing time watching and learning about all the animals. I recommend this tour to everyone!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must-see for families and animal lovers.

  • Wildlife center tours from Anchorage typically last 4 to 6 hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • Remember to dress in layers; weather can change quickly in Alaska.

  • The center is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is about an hour southeast of Anchorage, just off the Seward Highway. There’s no public transportation to the center, so you have to drive yourself or join a tour from Anchorage, Seward, or the Whittier cruise ship terminal.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the center is during the summer season (May to August), when it is open daily. You can visit throughout the year, but hours are limited during the shoulder seasons and colder winter months. Check with the center before you arrive for a current schedule of animal feedings and other special programs.

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Bringing Back the Wood Bison

Wood bison, North America’s largest land mammal, were thought to be extinct at one time, but thanks to the efforts of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, they’re making a comeback. In 2015, 130 wood bison were successfully released into the wild.

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