Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
AWCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through public education. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.Amateur photographers have the opportunity to take award winning photographs while animals display their natural, wild, behavior. Coyotes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a grizzly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain, as part of a program that will one day restore the species to the Alaskan wilderness.
Nice place to see animals native to Alaska. They are kept in natural habitat and you are able to get close at times. Binoculars are nice to have. The walking route is nice with benches on the route. Great place to stretch your legs or have a picnic lunch. Great for family's.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must see if you are near Girdwood. It's an amazing organization to support. They have rescued and rehabilitated so many animals including, a 3-legged porcupine named Kit Kat and a one winged eagle. There is a gift shop to stroll through where all proceeds go directly to conservation efforts. On the back patio of the gift shop is where the sale items are. Grab a hot tea or coffee in the little mini mart and walk around the center. Check out all the animals and take plenty of pics. TIP: wear durable shoes you don't mind getting muddy.
When you want to see many Alaskan animals in one place. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is an amazing location with improvements to the area every year. You can see how the management wants to make this location large enough for the animals, but also enjoyable for the public. If you want to see the bears then arrive around feeding time. Bring a camera with a long lens, because not all animals are right next to the fence. Drive slowly for not only safety reasons, but to minimize the amount of dust you'll lift into the air. People and cars share much of the same area here. The gift shop has a huge selection of gifts, so take a look.
I came here around 5:30, planning to only spend an hour here. Hahahaha. 2 hours later, I left reluctantly because this place is fantastic. The people working here are very passionate about their work at the conservation center and it shows in the animals themselves. It was fantastic for me to enjoy the wildlife (animals who were injured in the wild and are here to recuperate and either be released or kept here if there injury is too severe). The scenery adds a breathtaking backdrop and it was fun to drive a bit and get out and walk and then drive a bit again, especially since it dropped 10 degrees as rain rolled in. I highly recommend that if you are in the area, you must stop here. So wonderful!
Great stop on the way to Seward from Anchorage. I would suggest walking to center, as it's not big enough to drive through (in my opinion). Wonderful scenery, very friendly staff.