Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
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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. In the summer, join a ranger for a guided walk and learn about Ketchikan's enduring ties to the rainforest.

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. 

We're open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all summer long. Admission is just $5 for adults, and includes access to all of the center's exhibits, films and ranger programs. Kids are free when accompanied by an adult, and we honor and sell all of the America the Beautiful federal passes.

Check out our ranger program schedule and enjoy an insightful walk or talk with one of our knowledgeable rangers.

Graphic image showing Alaska superimposed over the United States. Alaska covers much of the midsection of the country while the panhandle reaches the Carolinas and the Aleutian Islands stretch across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Did You Know?
Alaska encompasses 586,412 sq. miles, making it approximately 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States or larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states! 85 percent of Alaska lands, or an area twice the size of Texas, are under federal and state ownership.