Ranger Programs

Joining a ranger for a short walk, interpretive talk, or guided tidepooling is a great way to learn more about Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Self-directed Junior Biologist books, and Let’s Go Outside backpacks are also available at the front desk to enhance your visit.

Programs are offered daily at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center June 9 – August 17 during the 2019 Summer Season.

For more information, see our Calendar of Events.

  • Beluga Slough Ranger-Led Walks

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    Walks are offered daily, June 9 – August 17 (2019 Summer Season). Lasting about 1 hour, the walk will follow the trail from the Visitor Center along Beluga Slough. Wheelchair/Stroller accessible.

    Please meet the ranger or refuge volunteer on the outside patio at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. No reservations are required.


    11 AM Daily
    1 PM Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

  • Natural History Talks

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    Natural History Talks are offered four times a week, June 9 – August 10 (2019 Summer Season). These talks are approximately 30 minutes long, with each program focusing either on one of the amazing animals that inhabit our Refuge or stories from the Refuge’s rich history. Please meet in our Seminar Room in the Visitor Center. No reservations required.


    3 PM Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

  • Alaska Maritime Map Talks

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    Map talks are offered five days a week, June 9 – August 10 (2019 Summer Season). These talks are approximately 15 minutes long, and each program focuses on stories from the Refuge’s rich history over time and space. Please meet at the map in the Visitor Center exhibit hall. No reservations required.


    1:00 & 1:30 PM Mondays, Tuesdays

    3:00 & 3:30 PM Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

  • Guided Tidepooling

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    Join Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge staff at Bishop's Beach for a 2 hour guided tidepooling experience (look for orange vests)! Tidepooling is offered bi-weekly, June 3 – August 16 (2019 Summer Season). We will meet at Bishop's Beach parking lot and will walk out to the tidepools. Rubber boots recommended. Tidepool guides provided. This is a free event for all ages. No reservations required.


    June: Tuesday, Wednesday Mornings

    July - August: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Mornings


    Please see events calendar for dates and times.

  • Pre-K Puffins

    This educational program is designed for children ages 2 through 5. Join a Refuge Ranger for an hour and a half of story time, crafts, and early learning activities centered on marine sciences. Please meet in our Seminar Room in the Visitor Center. No reservations required.

    10:00-11:30am Last Thursday of Each Month.
    Please see events calendar for dates and times.