Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
A downed tree rests across a forested stream. Ferns and moss cover the tree and everything else in sight. This is the Tongass National Forest - a rain forest in Alaska.
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Exhibits at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
A picture of the outside of South E. Alaska Discovery Ctr. the building is gray with a green roof and surrounded by small trees

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center includes exhibits and interactive displays about the land, people, and culture of Southeast Alaska. Walk through the temperate rainforest, experience a native fish camp, view wildlife through a spotting scope, and much more.

Temperate Rainforest

Step into Alaska's coastal temperate rainforest, where cool temperatures and ample rainfall create a lush evergreen forest. Conifers tower over dense tangles of berry bushes and devils club, a spiny shrub related to ginseng. A blanket of moisture rich mosses, ferns, and lichens cover fallen trees and soften to footsteps of the wildlife within. 

Native Traditions
Learn the culture of the early inhabitants of Southeast Alaska in a life-size display of a native fish camp complete with smoke house and hand carved canoe. View examples of traditional clothing, masks, baskets, and bentwood boxes created by Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artisans. Listen to Native Elders as they share their culture and heritage.

Discover diverse ecosystems and habitats of Southeast Alaska and wildlife common to each with interactive displays spanning from high alpine meadows to coastal water ways. Watch salmon fry swimming in an aquarium or in Ketchikan Creek via live video feed. Search for mountain goats through a spotting scope aimed at the 3,000-foot summit of Deer Mountain.

Natural Resources
Alaska's history is interwoven with the use of its natural resources. Mining, fishing, and timber industries shaped the lives and economy of Southeast Alaska. Alaskans also find time to play with a variety of recreational opportunities available on the public lands including camping, hiking, boating, kayaking, hunting and fishing. Recreational and industrial use of the natural resources affects the lives of Alaskans today; with proper use of the resources on public lands will have a positive influence on Alaska's future.

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center Scavenger Hunt (Preschool through middle-school)
Complete the scavenger hunt while exploring the exhibits and earn a prize. 

During the summer season attend an interpretive program or watch a film in the theater. November through April be a part of Friday Night Insights, a weekly lecture series focusing on the natural and cultural history of Alaska. Special events occur throughout the year. Check the calendar for event listings.

Map Store
Purchase Tongass National Forest, Prince of Wales Island and Misty Fiords National Monument maps. 

Close up view of a taxidermied sea otter which is posed to look as if it is swimming. Did You Know?
Sea otters have very dense fur made of stout guard hairs and fine under hairs. There are about 600,000 to 1,000,000 hairs per square inch. Sea otter pelts were so prized that they were almost hunted into extinction in the late eighteenth century.