Ranger Programs

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

Programs are offered daily at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center June 7 – August 20 during the 2021 Summer Season.

For more information, see our Calendar of Events.

  • Beluga Slough Ranger-Led Walks


    Walks are offered daily, June 7 – August 20 (2021 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.

    1 pm Daily

  • Guided Tidepooling


    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 as the times and tides allow. We will meet at Bishop's Beach parking lot and will walk out to the tidepools. Rubber boots needed. Tidepool identification guides provided. This is a free event for all ages. No reservations required. Walk is about 1 mile to the tidepools. Rocks can be slippery and uneven.

    July 24, 8:30-10:30 am

    July 25, 9:30-11:30 am

    July 26, 10-noon

    August 22, 8:30-10:30 am

    August 23, 9-11 am

  • Talks

    Drop in for table talks about Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Topics can range from the wildlife that lives here, the Alaska Native people, volcanos, birds, or what the biologists do!

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Stop by the information desk for the location.

  • Watercolor Wednesdays

    Stop by the back patio of the visitor center every Wednesday from June 16 to August 25 between 10 - 11 am for Watercolor Wednesdays. All supplies are provided and its free! Plan on at least 20 minutes to do your painting. Open for all ages.

  • Family Activity Days

    Animal Olympics:

    Saturday, July 31: 10 am - 3 pm at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center (parking lot and trail)
    Join us for a family free event! Compete against Alaska's wildlife! 


    Family Fun Day:

    Saturday, August 21: More info coming soon

  • 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. Starting June 2021, programs will resume in person. Find some past programs on the refuge Facebook page

    10:00-11:00 am and 12:00 - 1:00 pm Last Thursday of Each Month.
    Please see events calendar for dates and times. For July 2021, we are have 2 identical programs at two different times to help reduce the number of participants. Program will be outside for dress for the weather!