Visitor CenterSummer Hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Daily, 9am-5pmWinter Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pmKodiak National Wildlife Refuge has a large and ever increasing presence in the Kodiak community, with the 2007 opening of Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center in downtown Kodiak. This new facility is open year-round to the public and is the crossroads of conservation and education for Kodiak Refuge and our conservation partners. Our Center offers fun and educational exhibits, as well as travelling and other temporary exhibits, film festivals and artist receptions - all free and open to the public. A feature of the Center is our award-winning 12-minute orientation film, available for screening on-demand, and the re-articulated Gray whale skeleton. The Center also offers special summer interpretive programming. The Center also offers a downtown meeting space for local conservation-oriented organizations such as Audubon, Sustainable Kodiak and Whale Fest.
Community EventsThe Refuge also coordinates or participates in the following:Kodiak Envirothon
The Refuge partners with natural resource management agencies and professionals in the Kodiak community to produce a local version of the Alaska and National Envirothon competitions for Kodiak High School Students in April each year. This day-long event features 6 stations with hands-on activities and brief test in topics such as forestry, soils, wildlife, aquatics, and current topics of conservation concern. Whale Fest This community-wide event takes place in April and celebrates the return of the gray whales to Alaskan waters. It is truly a combined effort of individuals and organizations that create this annual two week event. For details please see the Kodiak Whale Festival website.International Migratory Bird Day
Held annually in May, this refuge event is sponsored in conjunction with Alaska Geographic and Kodiak Audubon.National Wildlife Refuge WeekA weeklong event sponsored by
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the second week of October. The week is full of
activities such as movies, art shows, kid’s events and much more.Refuge staff participate in other community events such as Crab Festival, Salmon Celebration, and school and village environmental education visits.
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Kodiak bears and Sitka black-tailed deer both eat fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium), a wild herb that blooms with purple flowers in August.