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Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
"Welcome to Alaska's 1st City, Ketchican. The Salmon Capital of the World." Banner is displayed hanging across a city street.
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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
 
Ketchikan Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

At the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the unique natural and cultural history of the Tongass National Forest, a place where people have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Stroll through a lush rainforest, visit a re-created native fishing village and learn how the Tongass sustains Southeast Alaska communities today. You can also hear the story of the forest in person from one of our friendly Forest Service rangers, enjoy a film in our comfortable theatre or help your kids become Junior Rangers. In the summer, join a ranger for a guided walk and learn about Ketchikan's enduring ties to the rainforest.

We are located at 50 Main Street, just a short walk from the cruise ship docks. Visit our directions page for driving or walking directions.  

For more information on our education resources or setting up a field trip check out our education page.

Want to become a junior ranger in Alaska? Then visit our kids page and learn what exciting programs await you when you visit Ketchikan. 

We're open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all summer long. Admission is just $5 for adults, and includes the center's exhibits, films and ranger programs. Kids are free when accompanied by an adult, and we honor and sell all of the America the Beautiful federal passes.



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2015 Alaska Hummingbird Festival and Juried Art Show

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is proud to host the annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival and Juried Art Show, celebrating the return of spring migratory birds to Alaska's rainforests, beginning April 3.

A schedule of events is available here.

 





 
The striated Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park is a river of ice cutting between craggy mountain peaks dusted with snow. The sky is partly cloudy and shadows fall across the scene. Did You Know?
Alaska's 100,000-plus glaciers cover over 16,000 sq mi. In Wrangell-St Elias National Park, the Malaspina is the largest piedmont glacier in the world, the Bagley Icefield is the largest non-polar icefield in North America, and the Bering is the largest glacier in North America.