Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
"Welcome to Alaska's 1st City, Ketchican. The Salmon Capital of the World." Banner is displayed hanging across a city street.
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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Ketchikan Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

At the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the unique natural and cultural history of the Tongass National Forest, a place where people have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Stroll through a lush rainforest, visit a re-created native fishing village and learn how the Tongass sustains Southeast Alaska communities today. You can also hear the story of the forest in person from one of our friendly Forest Service rangers, enjoy a film in our comfortable theatre or help your kids become Junior Rangers.

We are located at 50 Main Street, just a short walk from the cruise ship docks. Visit our directions page for driving or walking directions.  

For more information on our education resources or setting up a field trip check out our education page.

Want to become a junior ranger in Alaska? Then visit our kids page and learn what exciting programs await you when you visit Ketchikan. 

Friday Night Insights and Films: Spring 2015 Program Schedule 

In the winter and spring, our hours may be reduced but there is plenty to do at the Discovery Center on Fridays. Join us for a movie, speaker, or maybe some live music - all events are free.

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Call for Artists: 2015 Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is proud to host the annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show, celebrating the return of spring migratory birds to Alaska's rainforests. We invite artists to submit original art featuring these birds for judging and display in the center gallery from April 3 through May 31. Cash prizes for adult and youth categories. Click here for an entry form - deadline is March 27.

Landscape photo shows four stalks of purple fireweed in the foreground, a green field, blue sky and white puffy clouds are in the background. Did You Know?
Fireweed, which earns its name by being one of the first plant species to grow in an area following a wildfire, can be used for making a variety of edible treats such as candies, syrups, teas, jellies, and even ice cream.