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National Wildlife Refuge

Spring time in the Arctic!  The magnificent snow capped peaks of the Brooks Range Mountain form the back drop of this arctic scene.
101 12th Ave., Room 236
Fairbanks, AK   99701
E-mail: arctic_refuge@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-456-0250 and 800-362-4546
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The Arctic Refuge encompasses coastal tundra and mountains in northeast Alaska.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Refuge staff work closely with Fairbanks and local village schools to provide a variety of environmental education activities for students from preschool to university levels.

The fresh and marine waters of Arctic Refuge support at least 36 species of fish, and fishing provides an important subsistence resource to local residents. Visitors camping along or floating refuge rivers typically target Dolly Varden char and arctic grayling.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is rich in wildlife, especially during the brief, productive summer months. It supports sport hunting by visitors as well as subsistence hunting by local rural residents. Gwitch'in Athabascan Indians and Inupiaq Eskimos depend on hunting caribou and many other species both for subsistence and to preserve their traditional cultures. Visitors are also attracted to the refuge to hunt, primarily for caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bear. Click on the "learn more" link below to access a list of authorized hunting guides.

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Interpretive programs, exhibits and written materials are produced by the refuge. An example of the Refuge's interpretive works can be accessed by clicking the learn more link below.

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Wildlife Observation
A chance to see the migration of the 120,000-plus animal Porcupine Caribou Herd, one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, is the dream of many who visit the refuge for wildlife observation. Recreational guides, as well as refuge staff, can assist in planning trips that may provide opportunities to see this moving river of life.

Visitors to Arctic Refuge are well advised to take a camera. Spectacular scenery or wildlife may appear over each hilltop or around every river bend. The observant photographer will find subjects ranging from the delicate petals of tundra flowers to the dramatic expanses of arctic vistas.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impacts.
6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

Refuge lands are open to the public at all times.

Entrance Fees
There are no visitor fees charged anywhere on the Arctic Refuge.

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