• Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Ranger Programs

Joining a ranger for a short walk, interpretive talk, or day hike is a great way to learn more about Kenai Fjords National Park. Programs are offered between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day unless otherwise noted.
 
The "flat-hats" are icons of the National Park  Service.
Lined up and ready to go. Rangers at Kenai Fjords narrate boat tours, lead hikes, and present programs all summer long.
NPS / Katie Peck
 
Rangers lead visitors on the Edge of Glacier trail.

A park ranger leads visitors along the Edge of the Glacier trail.

NPS / Fiona Ritter-Davis

Ranger-led walks to Exit Glacier are offered at daily from May 24 to September 5 (2014 summer season). The walks will follow the trail to the edge of the glacier, and usually lasts 1.5 hours. The first part of the program will follow the trail to the glacier view, and is wheel chair accessible. Please meet the ranger or park volunteer just outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.

  • 10 am
  • 2 pm
  • 4 pm
 
A park ranger presents a program on mountain goats at the Pavilion near the Exit Glacier Nature Center.

A park ranger presents a program on mountain goats at the Pavilion near the Exit Glacier Nature Center.

NPS / Kaitlin Thoresen

Pavilion talks are offered daily from May 24 to September 5 (2014 summer season). These talks are approximately 20 minutes long, and each program focuses on either one of the amazing animals that inhabit this area, or stories from Exit Glacier's rich local history. Please meet at the pavilion, just down the trail from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No Reservations are required.

  • 12:30 pm
 
Visitor looks out over the end of the Harding Icefield Trail.

Looking out over the end of the Harding Icefield Trail.

NPS / Jim Pfeiffenberger

Guided hikes on the Harding Icefield Trail are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 2 through August 30 (2014 summer season). The hike departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Please come prepared with sturdy footwear, layered clothing, water, and food as this is approximately a 7-8 hour activity. No reservations are required.

  • 9 am
 

Guided Hikes to Marmot Meadows are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 4 through June 28 (2014 summer season). The hike departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Please come prepared with sturdy footwear, layered clothing, water, and food as this is approximately a 3-4 hour activity. No reservations are required.

  • 9:00 am



 
Exterior view of the Alaska Sea Life Center, an aquarium in downtown Seward, Alaska, that specializes in species found in the local area.

Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, and participate in the ranger programs that are offered in its Research Theater.

Alaska SeaLife Center

Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center (OASLC) programs are offered at the Alaska SeaLife Center daily, May 26-September 1. There is no admission charged for the programs, but the general admission fee to the SeaLife Center is required.

  • 11 am: Listening to the Ice: Glacier Studies in Kenai Fjords National Park
  • 3 pm: Connecting with the Past: Alutiiq Archaeology in Kenai Fjords National Park
 
Kenai Fjords Junior Ranger Adventure Guide - Download here!

Kenai Fjords Junior Ranger Adventure Guide - Click to download.

NPS Photo

A self-guided Junior Ranger Adventure Guide is available for children ages 4-12. Pick up a guide at the Information Center, Exit Glacier Nature Center, or from any ranger. Complete the activities for your age to earn a Junior Ranger Badge.

Did You Know?

skier on Exit Glacier's outwash plain

Even though the road to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is closed to cars during the winter months, you can visit Exit Glacier in winter by skis, dogsled, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. More...