On our drive from Anchorage to Homer we discovered the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Located 49 miles south from Anchorage and 11 miles southeast of Girdwood, the center is located at milepost 79 of the Seward Highway. If you are in the vicinity, it is worth a visit.
Here, on 200 acres at the head of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley, you will see close-up a variety of native animals in their natural environments. As per the mission of this non-profit center, it is dedicated to conservation, research, education, and animal care.
Bison Hall at the
Center is a stunning dining and event space surrounded by breathtaking views and
Alaska’s wildlife that is available for rent. Since we left the Center shortly
before noon to continue our drive to Homer, we purchased reindeer sausages from
an on-site vendor. A little farther down the road we enjoyed a picnic lunch at Summit
Since we were in Alaska in July, another bonus was gorgeous displays of fireweed, a bright pink wildflower that was in full bloom along roadsides and in view of the beautiful Chugach Mountains. It is absolutely stunning!
AWCC is open rain or shine, year-round. Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is $18 adult (18+), $14 youth (5 - 17), children 4 & under are free, $15 Active Military (with ID), $16 Seniors ages 65 and older.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier