Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
A photographer in blue stands behind a large camera lens; a black bear is sloshing through a wetland in the distance. Tongass National Forest.
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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Ketchikan Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Welcome to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Come 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 rangers, enjoy a film in our comfortable theatre or help your kids become Junior Rangers.

We are located in downtown Ketchikan 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. 

Spring 2015 Program Schedule - New 

In the wintertime, 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.  Want to stay in touch? let us know your e-mail or mailing address and we will send you our current schedule.   


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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.

The long, winding Noatak River meanders through a lush green valley in the Brooks Range. Low mountains rise from the valley floor. Did You Know?
All 425 miles of the Noatak River in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, a National Wild River, is located entirely above the Arctic Circle.