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. Self-directed Junior Ranger books, the Explorer App, Discovery and Art for Parks backpacks are also available to enhance your visit.
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.
Exit Glacier Ranger-Led Walks
Programs at Exit Glacier are offered four times a day, May 25 to September 2 (2019 summer season).
Lasting about 1 hour, 30 minutes, the walk will follow the trail to the Glacier Overlook. The first part of the program will follow the trail to the Glacier View lookout, and is wheelchair accessible.
Please meet the ranger or park volunteer just outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.
10:00 AM Daily
Exit Glacier Pavilion Talks
Pavilion talks are offered daily from May 25 to September 2 (2019 summer season).
Please meet at the pavilion, just down the trail from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No Reservations are required.
9:30 AM Daily
Marmot Meadows Ranger-Led Hike
Guided hikes to Marmot Meadows along the Harding Icefield Trail are offered
Marmot Meadows is a beautiful stop on the longer Harding Icefield trail, with excellent views of Exit Glacier. Join a ranger for the hike, and learn a little about glaciers, and the flora and fauna that live nearby.
The hike usually takes 3-4 hours, and will total 2.8 miles round trip. It is considered a strenuous hike because of the steep elevation gain. Good shoes, food, water, and rain gear are a must.
The hike departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.
9:30 AM Daily
Glacier View Sketch
Find your inner artist on Wednesdays, June 5 to August 21 (2019 summer season).
The Glacier View Sketch Program explores the idea of naturalist and artist - how each must tune into the sensory elements of their environment: sights, smells, touch, sound, and taste to gather an impression of place. The artist then uses drawing materials to create a visual record of the impressions gathered in that moment. This experience is a great way to slow down, actively observe, and connect with a very unique feature of the park: Exit Glacier!
Our Artist on Site, Justine, will lead visitors from the Exit Glacier Nature Center out to the Glacier View, where you will get about 45 minutes of guided sketching instruction using chalk pastels while observing the glacier. This walk is one mile total, on an accessible path.
This program departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Space is limited to 12 participants. Sign up inside the Nature Center at the ranger desk on the day of the walk.
3:30 PM Wednesdays
Fjord Junior Ranger Walk
Walks that are geared especially for our younger visitors are offered
Sundays, June 9 to August 4 (2019 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 Visitor Center. No reservations are required.
2:00 PM Sundays
Last updated: July 26, 2019