Hours, Location, CalendarAlaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is at 95 Sterling Hwy. in Homer, Alaska, 'where the road ends and the sea begins.'
The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center takes you on a dramatic journey through the refuge's past and present . . . surrounds you with the sights, sounds - and even the smells of a seabird colony . . . and invites you to follow biologists as their research ship sails to remote islands each year.The adjoining offices serve as home-port for the often far-flung refuge crew and our facility partner:
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
Guest Amenities & AccessibilityRestrooms, sitting areas and drinking fountains are conveniently located. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at no charge to loan to on-site guests. All exhibits are accessible by wheelchair. The Visitor Center offers ample parking, including bus and RV spots. No overnight parking is allowed.Jr. Biologist - Kids Earn Your Badge!Kids can earn their Jr. Biologist Badge by completing activities at the Visitor Center.PetsPets are not allowed inside the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center but are allowed on the trails while on a leash. To avoid disease being passed to wildlife, owners must pick up after their pets.ShoppingLocated inside the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, the Alaska Geographic bookstore offers an exciting selection of nature guides, children's items, and books. Alaska Geographic is a partner of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and other Refuges and Parks in Alaska. Their website offers membership and an online bookstore with many helpful items for travelers planning to visit Alaska. Purchases made at Islands & Ocean support educational programs at the Visitor Center. Members receive a 15% discount on most purchases.Plan Ahead & Enjoy the TrailsAlaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is primarily a walking experience. Stroll through inside exhibits and explore interpretive trails on the Center's sixty-acre site. If you intend to enjoy the trails, consider bringing sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, gear for windy or rainy conditions and appropriate shoes or boots to explore the beach.Birding & Wildlife Watching on Kachemak Bay
Meetings and Partner EventsIs your government agency, non-profit, or professional looking for a place to host a meeting or event? From Labor Day through mid-April, the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center may be able to offer you a space. Check out our use policy for more information or to request use of the facility.
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Biologists recently discovered Kittlitz’s murrelets nesting on Adak, and since then have searched the island for more birds. An elusive and little understood seabird, Kittlitz’s murrelets are a species of concern because of their low numbers and restricted range. Their cryptic mottled plumage and secretive behavior around their solitary nest sites makes locating murrelet nests seem a lot like looking for a needle in a haystack. If eyes are not the best tool for finding Kittlitz nests, what about noses? This summer a new member joined the team: Otto, a ten-month-old Deutsch-Drahthaar (akin to a German wirehair pointer). Even in the Aleutians, Otto is not the first dog to work alongside Refuge biologists. Read more about Otto and how we went to the dogs to bring back an endangered species.