What do slugs, totem poles, and Russian history have in common?
They are all topics of interpretive programs at Sitka National Historical Park. Park rangers and volunteers present interpretive programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Ranger-led programs are offered daily between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
Programs vary weekly, so check at the visitor center for a current schedule when you arrive, or check online before you come to the park.
The following are some of our regularly scheduled programs:
Sitka National Historical Park rangers offer visitors a chance to learn more about the natural world, the history of Sitka, and the interaction between the two. Park rangers present a variety of programs to assist visitors in their understanding of the park's natural environment and cultural resources, with topics including totemic art, sea otters, salmon, and the Battle of 1804. Programs are offered daily and last about 15 to 20 minutes.
Starting location: Sitka NHP Visitor Center, Seaside Porch
Russian Bishop's House Tour
The Russian Bishop's House represents a little known chapter in American history. One of only four Russian period buildings left in North America, the Russian Bishop's House stands as a lasting legacy of the time when the Tsar ruled Alaska. Come to the Russian Bishop's House for a guided tour of the restored second floor living quarters and chapel. Self-guided tours further explain the lifestyle of the bishop.
Starting location: Russian Bishop's House Front Desk. Self-guided tours of the first floor museum are free. Ranger-led tours of the second floor living quarters and Chapel of the Annunciation are free, and take place every 30 minutes.
Special Programs may be arranged in advance for educational groups visiting the park.
A self-guided Junior Ranger Program is available for children. You can pick up an activity booklet at the Visitor Center. Complete the activities for your age to earn a Junior Ranger Badge.
Last updated: June 27, 2017