Alaska Educational Excursions
Afford your child the best chance to learn by taking field trips to different locations that encourage learning and curiosity. The locations listed below are wonderful tools in reinforcing the ideas taught in the classroom while having fun!
Alaska Museum of Natural History
Largest exhibits of rocks, minerals and exciting rare fossils in the state. Learn about North America's oldest duckbill dinosaur found in the local Talkeetna Mountains, as well as our major dinosaur discoveries of the 90s. Dioramas rich in ecology, large mammals and birds.
Address: 201 N. Bragaw Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
Alaska Native Heritage Center
An educational and cultural institution for all Alaskans, the Alaska Native Heritage Center will provide programs in both academic and informal settings, including workshops, demonstrations and guided tours of indoor exhibits and outdoor village sites. Local residents and visitors to Alaska are introduced to Native traditions and customs of both the past and present. The Welcome House is a celebration of contemporary Alaska Native cultures while the outdoor facilities and sites allow the exploration of ancient tradition and the presentation of stories from the past. Our Center provides a unique opportunity to experience Alaska's Native cultures in one location.
Address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99506
Phone: 907-330-8000 (Toll Free: 1-800-315-3308)
Most Alaskan animals: wolves, polar bear, brown bear, glacier bear, black bear, wolverine, musk ox, seal, otter, moose, caribou, lynx, etc. Guided trips on request.
Address: 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage AK 99507
Phone: 907-346-2133 (Main) and 907-346-1088 (Gift)
Picture a place where children's faces light up the second they enter, where "oohs" and "ahhs" are commonplace and where exciting, interactive learning is a cornerstone. Imagine such a place right here in Anchorage. Imagine the Imaginarium!
The Imaginarium, Alaska's only hands-on Science Discovery Center, is designed as a place where people can have fun learning about science by actually doing science.
In recent years, The Imaginarium has really come into its own offering beautiful, professionally produced permanent exhibits as well as innovative traveling exhibits, not only to the children of Anchorage, but to the entire state of Alaska through our Outreach program. Serving over 50,000 children and adults annually, the Imaginarium is a unique destination for local schoolchildren, preschoolers, birthday parties and visitors alike.
Located in downtown Anchorage, the Imaginarium resembles a living laboratory where you can stand inside a bubble, ponder the magnitude of the universe in a planetarium, discover ocean life in a marine touch tank, observe and touch exotic reptiles, or lean the principles of physics while playing with specialized toys.
Whatever the project or activity, you can be sure that is designed to change children's attitudes about science by letting them ask questions and look for their own answers. When it comes to creative, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and curricula, The Imaginarium wins hands down!
Address: 737 West 5th Ave. #G, Anchorage, AK 99501
Cordova Historical Museum
The theme of the museum, "Where Cultures Meet" exemplifies the diversity of material in the collection. Displays tell of early explorers to the area, the Native culture, Copper River Northwestern Railway/Kennicott Mine era, and the growth of the commercial fishing industry. A small gift shop operated by the Cordova Historical Society features books of local interest and other items. Monthly evening programs are sponsored by the Historical Society.
Physical Address: 622 First Street (Centennial Building), Cordova, AK 99574
Mailing Address: PO 391, Cordova, AK 99574
Alaska Homestead and Historical Museum
Tour of an Alaskan homestead. Includes a tour of the homestead log house, green house and gardens, visiting an authentic Alaska freight dog team, having a look around the barns, corrals and out buildings, viewing livestock and an authentic operating sawmill that furnishes all the lumber used on the homestead. Also view a large selection of historical farming and mining equipment.
Physical Address: Mile 1415.4 Alaska Highwat, 1 mile south on Darshorst Rd
Mailing Address: PO 389, Delta Junction, AK 99737
Pratt Museum / Homer Society of Natural History
The museum focuses on the natural and cultural history of the Kenai Peninsula. Exhibits include artifacts from the area's earliest Native inhabitants to homesteaders of the '30s & '40s. Excellent aquariums and a tide-pool tank feature live Kachemak Bay sea creatures. Visitors may operate remotely controlled cameras to view Alaska seabirds on inaccessible islands. Also exhibited are Alaska birds and mammals including complete skeletons of a Bering Sea beaked whale, Beluga whale and Steller's sea lion. Changing exhibits feature Alaska artwork and other topics of special interest. Summer visitors may take a self-guided tour through the botanical garden and the Forest Ecology Trail and visit the historic Harrington Homestead cabin. The Museum Store features books, educational toys, native crafts and Alaska collectibles. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Address: 3779 Bartlett Street, Homer, AK 99603
Alaska State Museum
Established in 1900, the Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets the human and natural history of Alaska. The Museum features a full-size bald eagle nesting tree and extensive ethnographic exhibits on the cultures of Alaska's Native people. Two galleries offer changing exhibits. Docent tours scheduled throughout the summer. Arboretum on grounds features Alaska plants. The Museum provides statewide museum services and assists in the development of the state's cultural and historic resources. The Museum Store, operated by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum, offers a wide array of Native arts, publications, and educational materials. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Address: 395 Whittier Street, Junaeu AK 99801-1718
Alaska SeaLife Center
The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. The ASLC offers visitors unique wildlife viewing experiences and exciting opportunities to learn first-hand about ongoing marine research. Come face-to-face with a variety of marine animals and sink your hands into our touch tank. Interact with researchers and their knowledgeable assistants during daily interpretive programs. The ASLC is perched above spectacular Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska, approximately 125 miles south of Anchorage. Gift shop and restaurant on site.
Physical address: 301 Railway Ave, Seward, AK 99664
Mailing Address: PO Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 907-224-6300 (Toll Free: 1-800-224-2525)