Ranger Programs

Joining a park 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 (last weekend in May) and Labor Day (first Monday in September), unless otherwise noted.

For more information, see our Calendar of Events.
 
A park ranger holds an image of a local bird found in Kenai Fjords.

One of Ranger Malia's favorite things about the Exit Glacier area is the diverse bird life.

NPS / Don Stanko

Exit Glacier Ranger Program
Programs at Exit Glacier are offered three times a day,
May 23 to September 7 (2015 summer season).
Lasting about 1 hour, 30 minutes, the walk will follow the trail to the Edge of the Glacier. The first part of the program will follow the trail to the Glacier View lookout, and is wheel chair accessible.

Please meet the ranger or park volunteer just outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.

10:00 AM Daily
2:00 PM Daily
4:00 PM Daily
 
A park ranger holds a mountain goat skull for visitor during a presentation at the pavilion in the Exit Glacier Area.

Ranger Jacob presents a mountain goat skull to visitors at his daily pavilion talk.

NPS / Kaitlin Thoresen

Pavilion Talks at the Exit Glacier Area
Pavilion talks are offered daily from
May 23 to September 7 (2015 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 Areas'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 Daily
 
Aerial view of the Alaska SeaLife Center, in downtown Seward, Alaska.

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

Alaska SeaLife Center

Ranger Programs with the Alaska SeaLife Center
Programs are offered at the Alaska SeaLife Center daily, from
May 25 to September 7 (2015 summer season).
The programs focus on scientific research throughout Alaska in collaboration with the Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center. Topics for this year's programs are black oystercatchers and marine debris.

There is no admission charged for the programs, but the general admission fee to the center is required.

11:00 AM Daily
3:00 PM Daily
 
A visitor looks out from the end of the Harding Icefield Trail. The massive ice field stretches out in the distance, with several small peaks breaking the surface.

View from the end of the Harding Icefield Trail.

NPS / Jim Pfeiffenberger

Ranger-guided hike to the Harding Icefield
Guided hikes on the Harding Icefield Trail are offered on
Saturdays, from June 6 through August 29 (2015 summer season).
Please come prepared with sturdy footwear, rain gear, clothing that can be layered, water, and food, as this is approximately a 7-8 hour activity. All of the Harding Icefield Trail is considered a strenuous hike.

The hike departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.

9:00 AM Saturdays in July and August


 
A park ranger holds up a jar of sea water to two children.

Ranger Fiona shows a jar of live plankton to Junior Rangers during the beach walk.

NPS / Lindsey Kromery

Fjord "Junior Ranger" Walk
Walks that are especially for our younger visitors are offered
Sundays, June 14 to August 9 (2015 summer season).
This guided walk along the Seward waterfront gives Junior Rangers an interactive look at the fjord ecosystem of Resurrection Bay, and the chance to earn their Junior Fjord Ranger Patch. Lasting about 1 hour and 30 minutes, the walk will follow the coastline near town, and depending on tides, the walk will take place on rocky beach with some uneven footing. Best suited for ages 8-12, with one or more accompanying adults.

Please meet the ranger at the Kenai Fjords National Park Information Center in the Seward. No reservations are required.

2:00 PM Sundays June 14 - August 9


 
Junior Ranger Adventure Guide

Pick up a guide at any Kenai Fjords National Park visitor center, from any ranger you see while visiting the park, or print it out at home.

The Adventure Guide is available for ages 4 to 12. Complete the required activities for your age, turn it in to a park ranger, and earn the Kenai Fjords Junior Ranger badge.

The activities are great fun, and a great way to learn a little bit more about Kenai Fjords while you visit!

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