Headquarter's Visitor Center Switching to Winter Hours on Sept. 20th
Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be switching to winter hours starting September 20th. The new hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Research in the Park
From social science to fisheries, climate change to pollution, and glaciers to geology, Wrangell-St. Elias is a living laboratory where scientists conduct research and test their hypotheses. The research permits issued for projects within the park's boundaries reflect the diversity of resources found here.
If you plan to conduct research within the park, your application should be submitted a minimum of 3 months prior to the anticipated start date of work and/or by May 1 if you are planning to conduct research between June and Mid-September. This allows for proper review and processing of your application.
Apply for a Research Permit
Research in Wrangell-St. Elias (IRMA)
NPS Park Science Website
Alaska Park Science
Inventory and Monitoring: Central Alaskan Network
Inventory and Monitoring: South-East Alaska Network
Did You Know?
Nobody knows exactly how many glaciers exist in this park. It is estimated that Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is home to over 60% of the glacial ice in Alaska.