SEWARD ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MARINE SCIENCE

Rating: 4.88 stars   50 reviews

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Location: PO Box 1329 Seward AK 99664 USA

Mission: The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.
Programs: Marine mammal and seabird stranding, rescue and rehabilitation program.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

A trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center was part of one of my first college classes when I came to Alaska. I enjoyed the many displays and getting to see things that not everyone in the world gets to see (ex. what the birds look like when they are diving under the water). Over the years I have enjoyed all of my visits and have been fortunate enough to participate in their internship program and work with the ASLC on a school project. My internship experience was amazing and allowed me to visit and be part of a number of departments within the center. Although I will always be an aquarium nerd I must admit the center opened my eyes to how cool marine mammals and birds can be too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

viewing and learning from their exhibits, working with some of the staff, being a part of one of their internships, and working with them on my undergraduate senior project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to offer lower admission and come up with new exhibits/displays to enhance the already wonderful experiences you get from visiting the center.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

college

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska SeaLife Center is an incredible that combines scientific research with an outstanding educational program. In addition, it provides an economic engine for the community of Seward by encouraging tourists to spend extra time there. The Center's ability to rehabilitate marine mammals and water fowl and return them to their natural habitat when possible is heartwarming. The Center is blessed with outstanding leadership and a caring, hardworking staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A number of visits

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more money so it can continue its excellent work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have held a membership with the Alaska Sealife Center for many years and always enjoy a trip to the center. While the mission is stongly focused on education, research and rescue, a visit carries all the pleasure of any large aquarian with a much smaller facility. They are truly a gem for Alaska in all ways. The staff is first rate, always welcoming, always ready to teach young and old alike.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Have taken the behind the scenes tour. A wonderful experience

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None, rate it 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a homeschool parent and the Sealife Center is always part of our curriculum every year. The staff is knowledgeable and shows a passion for their work that makes you want more. My seventh grade son is wants to go to school for marine biology and he always has a list of questions when we arrive. The staff takes their time and explains all answers in detail. We have lived in cities where there were bigger centers but have learned that bigger is not better. The Seward Sealife Center continues to strive for an excellence that always exceeds our expectations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the state which I live. They are constantly in studies for the impact of our Alaksan marine life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change the orginization. I would love to see a homeschool program or two put in place during the school year.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Living here in alaska

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My son wants to study marine biology

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have enjoyed visiting the Alaska Sea Life Center for years. Since moving to Anchorage we make the trek at least four times a year. The first part of the experience is the drive. It is just incredible.

Once at the Sea Life Center you find all of these amazing exhibits. Almost anything you want to see is there, and you will find some surprises as well.

The staff is awesome. Always ready to help and answer your questions. I am sure they hear the same questions time and time again, but you would never know it. Very friendly and cordial.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I don't know what you are looking for here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it. More is better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I always enjoy a trip through the Alaska SeaLife Center; year after year it evolves and improves. It is an excellent adventure for visitors from out of state and helps me to share my excitement about Alaska and it's wild inhabitants. I especially love the tanks where you can observe wildlife swimming. This facility is so rich and engaging that I got a family pass this year so we can go as often as we like. We are looking forward to meeting Eden, the new Sea Lion. And, I have to admit, I look forward to spending money in the gift store. They have excellent educational products, and I like to gift shop there. I feel good about spending money to help support the Alaska SeaLife Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The new fish exhibit helps educate me about the life cycle of salmon, which I subsist on. The bird exhibit gives me the closest look at waterfowl that I have ever enjoyed; the detail is exquisite. Overall, my appreciation for the wild life and wild lands of Alaska increases as my knowledge and personal experience of the details increases (such as in the touch/feel tank of ocean creatures.)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to work with. More money for research.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Where do we go when we have a weekend? The Alaska Sealife Center in Seward Alaska. My granddaughter and I drive down as often as possible, as she loves to come and visit. Her favorite is the tank where she can touch and feel the starfish and sea cucumbers. The staff is great and their love of the kids and of course the sealife is obvious. We enjoy watching Woody, the many fish and of course the birds. I can't wait for the opportunity to bring my other grandchildren. We enjoy not only knowing that marine animals are being saved, but the education which is available. Keep up the good work. We will be back.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have spent many hours driving from Wasilla to Seward. I have seen many animals that have been rehabilitated to be released back into the ocean. We have been a part of the educational classes offered for children and adults.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it closer to home, so I could visit more often.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska Sealife Center is a world-class facility! We are lucky to have such beautiful and informational exhibits in our small town. I know there are several exciting science and research projects that are conducted "behind the scenes" and I would like to know more about these. The facility is a great place to spend a few hours, and the salmon exhibit is really informative for everyone. I'd love to see some updated information about Salmon returns to Resurrection Bay. Some additional information on local whale species and research following the EXXON Valdez Oil spill would be good too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the world of work program as a success with high school students and I've seen interns and volunteers at the Sealife Center to use this experience to assist them to get professional jobs in the biological and marine research fields.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strengthen partnerships with other entities in the state: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Oil Spill Response entities, and other educational institutions- on all levels (elementary, high school, and Kenai Peninsula Community College).

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Rating: 4 stars  

We have lifed in Alaska f ro 5 years now and have visited Seward twice. We are a family of 4, 5 and 4 year kids. We went to visit the Sea Life Center for the first time this past summer. The staff was wonderful, offering us a family membership that saved us money too. Loved the gift shop, could have bought one of everything! We get great emails on events and happenings. I wish we lived closer so we could go more often. I absolutely love sea life and the ocean. Our whole family does. It is really wonderful to have the opportunity to share this love with our children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sharing the ocean world with my children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More interactive things for the kids.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Seward SeaLife Center is one of a kind. I have sat in front of the glass watching the Stellar sea lion for hours. More fascinating are the families and kids who come and go -- some sit down in front of it and watch for nearly as long as I do. Many children are absolutely awed at the sight of this magnificent, gigantic mammal swimming effortlessly past them, again and again, from different directions. Children learn so much about our ocean animals through the wonderful, well-planned SeaLife Center. I live in Anchorage, a two-hour drive away (one-way), and won't miss stopping in to see what's new. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, and it is always a real treat to visit. Who would think that our state would have such a great facility! Keep up the good work, ASLC!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces and expressions of the children who watch the marine mammals and birds in the ASLC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would expand it. I would build more tanks for sea mammals to live in, so more people could be exposed to our local sea life.

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