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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.
Ranger-led walks to Exit Glacier are offered at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm daily from May 25 to September 6 (2013 summer season). The 10am walk will follow the trail to the edge of the glacier, and usually lasts 1.5 hours. The 2pm and 4pm hikes will follow the trail to the glacier view (a wheel chair accessible trail), and usually last 1 hour. Please meet the ranger or park volunteer just outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.
Pavilion talks are offered at 12:30pm daily from May 25 to September 6 (2013 summer season). These talks are approximately 20 minutes long, and each program either focuses on 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.
Guided hikes on the Harding Icefield Trail are offered on Saturdays from July 6 through August 31 (2013 summer season). The hike departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center at 9am. Please come prepared with sturdy footwear, layered clothing, water, and food as this is approximately a 7-8 hour activity. No reservations are required.
Guided hikes to Marmot Meadows (a midway point on the Harding Icefield Trail) are offered Wednesday from June 5 through August 28, and on Saturdays June 8 through June 29 (2013 summer season). This hike will go part way up the Harding Icefield trail (1.4 miles) to a beautiful wildflower meadow, with views overlooking Exit Glacier. It departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center at 9:30am, and is expected to last 4 hours. Sturdy footwear, layered clothing, food, and water are essential to a comfortable and successful hike. No reservations are required.
Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center programs are offered at the Alaska SeaLife Center daily at 11am and 3pm. The 11am program covers glacier research within the park. The 3pm program centers around Alutiiq Native Alaskan culture through archeology research.
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.
Special programs may be arranged in advance for educational groups visiting the park.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Harding Icefield is the largest icefield solely contained within the United States. More...