SEWARD ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MARINE SCIENCE

Rating: 4.88 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Animals

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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Seward Sea Life Center is fabulous. My young children still remember a great deal of what they experienced in the hands on setting they offer. Tide pools with sea life to touch. Touchable exhibits. The life cycle of salmon, etc. A great way to learn more about Alaskan/Arctic wild life.

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

the education of children. Our school takes a yearly field trip there and we go there as a family to educate guests visiting from the lower 48.

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

I wouldn't change a thing. They truly love our wildlife and it's preservation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I spent a very enjoyable day at the Alaska SeaLife Center -- the exhibits appealed to the adults and kids and taught us a lot about conservation efforts, sea life, and rehabilitation efforts -- in a very fun and engaging way. We were mesmerized by how close we could get to the animals and birds - please save time just to observe! It was the highlight of our visit to Seward and I'd recommend it to everyone -- don't miss it!

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

viewing and learning about their conservation efforts, rehabilitation services, and the fascinating Alaska sea life.

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

(nothing springs to mind!)

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Sea Life Center is a great place to go on a rainy day in Seward or a cold day in Seward, matter of fact-it's a great place to go any day in Seward. I love watching the puffins swim underwater or Woody come darting past the big window or the touch tank.
And the human educators are very helpful, as well.
it's a fabulous place for the family and we are lucky to have it in our small town.

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

Education about the marine environment and stranded wildlife and rescue.

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

do nothing. I think they are doing a good job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The ASLC is a place of awe and wonder for all who have the opportunity to visit. When we first moved to the Kenai Peninsula I was amazed to hear about the Sea Life Center and my admiration continues to grow towards both the facility and staff each time we have the opportunity to visit. Our children (ages 4,4,6,8) have enjoyed learning about marine animals and conservation - especially with the touch pools. This past year we purchased a yearly pass - which was incredibly affordable. The staff is highly educated, available and strive to make sure everyone is getting the most out of their visit. Our children are in love with "Woody" the Stellar Sea Lion and run downstairs each time to watch him! Our oldest daughter's class this year will get to go there for their field trip and she couldn't be more excited! We are so fortunate to have such a top notch marine facility that is so family centered - teaching children at a young age about marine animals impacts more than just the community, it impacts society. I am very grateful for everything the Sealife and Seward does for both Alaskans and tourists year long!!!

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

The increased knowledge and joy my family has gained through the interaction of staff and marine species at the Sea Life Center.

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

I'm not sure if there is a scholarship or discount available for families or individuals who wish to visit the center but can not afford the entrance fee.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My kids and I love roaming around the Sealife Center. Lots to see, do and explore. We learn something new every time we visit. The staff is great answering our questions. We especially love the outdoor bird exhibit and the touch tank. And the giant octopus! And the king crab and bottom fish! We also like hearing about the rescued animals.

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

I've learned a lot about marine life and our changing climate and ecosystem. We see the success stories of rescued, rehabilitated and released animals.

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

Provide more in-depth signs explaining the exhibits. For example, more information about the different animal species (life span, diet, mating habits, etc.), and more information about each specific animal on exhibit (name, age, personality traits, where it came from).

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a top-notch research and education institution. We are so fortunate to have such a world class center in Alaska. They have cultivated stellar partnerships with many others working in Alaska on marine issues.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is located in Seward which is approximately 3 hours by car from Anchorage. This provides an ideal getaway for locals as well as an informative, enjoyable, and beautiful attraction for our out of state visitors.

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

The Director and all of the staff have taken great strides to be exemplary models of how an institution can effectively become integrated in various societal sectors. They are leaders in expanding their research into critical issues confronting our oceans and marine life, such as climate change and ocean acidification.

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

Get more people exposed to the facilities and their work.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We can not visit Seward without one of my three kids saying "we have to go to the Sealife Center", it is always fun and informative, of course my favorite is the petting area, where we get to touch all the sealife!

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

Education of my family about the importance of the research they do to help keep the environment safe for both people and sealife

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

Make it larger for the animals housed there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a mother of two who frequents the ASLC, I am always amazed at how I always learn something new everytime we visit! The staff is ever present, and always sharing something educational, interesting, and often awe-inspiring! We always leave feeling more aware about our own environment, as well as inspirired to do more for our community. And where else can you meet the only elgible sea lion bachelor in the whole US?! (see what I mean- something interesting huh?!)

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

my community

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

I can think of no changes necessary

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an intern, the SeaLife Center provided myself with the skills and knowledge about how to work in an aquarium. They have an excellent staff who know a lot about their field of study. The Center provides guest excellent animal encounters and educational experiences by bringing the waters of Alaska to them.

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

summer 2010

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

Longer internship

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is an integral part of the education community, providing unique and worthwhile experiences for students from all over Alaska. Each your ASLC presents themed lessons to all of Seward's elementary students, and to students traveling to Seward from other areas. These lessons are well received by all and serve to create interest and knowledge in marine science among our young people. At the high school level, ASLC provides coaching for Seward's National Ocean Science Bowl Team and this year is sponsoring a student group for the Coastal America Summit. In all of these cases, ASLC plays a crucial role in student achievement in the sciences.

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

All of my children have received benefits from their visits to the SeaLife Center and their involvement in activities related to the center. My son participated in the articulation of a sea lion skeleton that is exhibited at the Center. My daughter has been a member of the National Ocean Science Bowl team for 3 years. These activities have inspired them to achieve academic success.

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

provide more incentives to staff members to encourage long term employment.

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