Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
The welcoming sign outside of the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
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Events at the Anchorage Alaska Center

The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is open year-round, providing a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. Feel free to check out the list of programs we offer or just drop in.

The theater at the alaska public lands information center is packed with guests and a presenter stands at the front.
The Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center theater
Theater Films
Take advantage of our free movies played in our theater. We have nine movies available so come in at anytime and request the movie of your choice.
  • A Gathering of Bears (28min)
  • Alaska's Coolest Animals (27min)
  • Alaska Railroad History (14min)
  • Alaska's Wild Legacy (14min)
  • Gold Fever (23min)HD
  • Heartbeats of Denali (17min)HD
  • The Day the Earth Shook (27min)
  • Treasures of the Greatland (25min)
  • Voices of Sitka (11min)
Please not previously scheduled school groups have priority during winter hours.

The exhibits inside the Anchorage Alaska Public lands Information Center.
The exhibits include wildlife from every region of Alaska.
Exhibits and Brochures
Within the center's main visitor area you can...
  • enjoy 2200 square feet of natural history & cultural exhibits
  • pickup FREE maps and brochures for Alaska's public lands
  • ask detailed questions of our knowledgeable staff
  • plan your trip on our interactive GIS computers featuring common trips around Alaska
  • challenge your friends to a children's scavenger hunt
  • view live web cams from around the state (available seasonally)

See a Virtual Tour of the Anchorage Exhibits

A ranger stands in front of a group of kids that are all sitting on benches. She's explaining to them how to do the scavenger hunt.
Kids love the Alaskan animal scavenger hunt!

Education Programs

School Year 2013-2014
There are a number of fun and engaging programs being offered for kids of all ages this summer. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage offers:

  • Scavenger hunts for all ages
  • A kids booth once a week
  • Two live animal programs at 2pm
  • The film Alaska's Coolest Animals is a great movie geared towards kids that happens twice a day

Winter 2013-2014
During the school year, the visitors center is home to the NPS Urban Education Program. Education programs are menu style and include an introduction to public lands, an age-appropriate movie, and a scavenger hunt. Live animal and bird presentations are also scheduled by request.

Park Ranger dressed in tri-corner hat, powdered wig, cravat, and checkered work shirt.
Ranger Cameron stands ready in 1770's sailor's garb for a Captain Cook Walking tour.
Captain Cook Walking Tour
To request a walking tour call (907) 644-3670.
  • Join one of our Park Rangers on a 45 minute walking tour of downtown Anchorage. Learn about Captain Cook's voyage in search of the elusive Northwest Passage and other aspects of Alaska's natural and cultural history.
  • The tour starts outside, in front of the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center.

Learn more about the Captain Cook Walking Tour

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NPS National Fossil Day
National Fossil Day
Visit the National Park Service National Fossil Day site for more information, events and activites
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Learn more about what made that quake happen!
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Alaska Brochures
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Anchorage Hours
See if our Anchorage Center's hours fits your schedule
Close up image of a polar bear staring directly into the camera. The bear has a little bit of snow on his nose. Did You Know?
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge supports Alaska’s highest density of polar bear land dens. The world’s largest land carnivore chooses den sites in the Refuge’s large snowdrifts that occur in the uneven terrain of the northern foothills and coastal plain.