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2020 Update:

Dear Visitors: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Glacier Bay and many of its partners have had to alter or cancel services for the 2020 season. Please look here for a short list of services offered, altered or unavailable this summer.

Visitor programs in Bartlett Cove and aboard tour vessels will not be held in the summer of 2020. The information below remains as an example of future and past program offerings. 2020 virtual programs are being offered through our social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, and watch full videos on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
A two-photo collage showing two park rangers delivering programs to onlookers
Join a cultural interpreter at Xunaa Shuká Hít (Huna Tribal House) or a park ranger at the visitor center

Summer 2019 Daily Interpretive Activities

May 26 through September 2 ~ Note: Tribal House programs begin June 3

In Bartlett Cove

During the summer months, park naturalists and Hoonah Indian Association cultural interpreters provide a variety of engaging and free activities every day. Join a ranger for a guided walk along the beach, or through the lush temperate rainforest of Bartlett Cove. Join a cultural interpreter to explore aspects of the Tlingit culture at Xunaa Shuká Hít (Huna Tribal House).

Glacier Bay National Park Visitor Center
Upstairs in the Glacier Bay Lodge. Park rangers are on duty to help you get the most out of your visit.
Park information, bookstore, theater, reading area, kid's corner, maps and more.
Exhibits open 24 hours.
Open daily 10:30 am to 4:00 pm and 5 pm to 6:15 pm. Phone 907-697-2661

Xunaa Shuká Hít (Huna Tribal House)
Located along the shoreline trail just past the Glacier Bay Lodge.
Stop by and discover the beauty and significance of Xunaa Shuká Hít.
Open daily 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


11:30 am Totem Pole Talk (30 min) Location: In front of the Tribal House
Learn the stories of the Tlingit totem poles from a Cultural Specialist.

12:00 pm Park Film (18 min) Location: Visitor Center
"Glacier Bay: Forever Wild" ... also shown upon request

1:00 pm Tribal House Experience (30 min) Location: Tribal House
Join a Cultural Specialist to explore different aspects of Tlingit Culture. Programs vary.

1:30 pm Guided Walk: Forest Loop Trail (90 min) Meet on the Lodge Front Porch
Walk with a Ranger to track the “footprints” left by a glacier and discover hidden stories of Glacier Bay’s forests and short. One mile. Easy.

2:30 pm Tribal House Experience (30 min) Location: Tribal House
Join a Cultural Specialist to explore different aspects of Tlingit Culture. Programs vary.

4:00 pm Tribal House Revealed (30 min) Location: Tribal House
Join a Cultural Specialist at the Tribal House to learn about the deep significance of Xunaa Shuká Hít and how this collaborative project came to be.

5:30 pm Park Film (27 min) Location: Visitor Center
"Glacier Bay: Beneath the Reflections" ... also shown upon request

Evening Program Collaboration:

7:00 pm Healing Totem Talk (10 min) Location: Dock Entrance, near Flag Pole
Join a Ranger to learn the story of continued healing, then stroll with the Ranger approx. 200 yards along the Tlingit Trail to the Tribal House in time for the evening presentation.

7:30 pm Special Connections at the Tribal House (45 min)
Join a Cultural Specialist and experience Glacier Bay through a new perspective.

Rangers are on board tour boats and cruise ships
Join a ranger!

Trips up the Bay

Glacier Bay Park rangers are also onboard all cruise ships and tour boats to answer questions, interpret the scenery, history, and spot wildlife. They will spend the day aboard to help you appreciate the wonders of your national park.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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