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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Biological & Life Sciences, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: The alaska sealife center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of alaskas marine ecosystems.

Programs: Research program - cold water marine research facility dedicated to research of marine mammals, birds and fish, ongoing steller sea lion research. Also, includes the activities of the north pacific marine research institute.

visitor and education program - connects visitors of all ages with current research and rehabilitation projects through innovative programs which range from trained interpreters available to answer visitors' questions to scheduled programs for visitors who want more in-depth information on alaska's marine ecosystems.

rehabilitation program - only permanent facility in the state designed for treatment & rehabilitation of marine birds and animals. Also provides educational outreach, additional data for federal agencies and researchers.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer in the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Homer, Alaska. The Alaska SeaLife Center, most notably its Rescue & Rehabilitation program and staff, the octopus and marine mammal encouters, and the harbor seal and Stellar sea lion displays, is amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at teh ASLC as an Intern in the stranding and rehabilitation department. I have to say it was by far the best experience in my entire life. The staff at the ASLC are always so helpful and involved in every aspect of teaching and education. I learned more through their internship program over the course of four months then I think I did in my entire four years at college. There is no better experience then real hands on learning from people who really know what they're doing. Even staff members of other departments were always willing to help out with anything. I always enjoyed going into the center on my days off. Something about being surrounded by the tourists with all their smiles and seeing them interact with all the staff who also always seemed to be wearing smiles made me feel so good about everything that takes place in the center. It truly is a magical place filled with amazing creatures and wonderful people!

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Janice T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at the Sealife centre as a volunteer in the Avian Department in the captive breeding program for steller and spectacled eiders from may to july 2008. It has become one of the most memorable experiences of my life to date. The people are amazing, friendly and so welcoming, and I can't wait to come back one day and visit or volunteer again. I was captivated by the eiders in the program and I watched a hatchling for 8 hours without leaving its side only to see it had to be put down due to birth defects of its limbs the next day. I was heartbroken beyond measure, as was the team. But it made me realise how much I just want to help, and over my time at the centre I fell in love with these species and every other species the centre try to help rehabilitate. The passion of the people who work and volunteer there is incredible and life changing and has a massive ripple effect. They endure the toughest of times and celebrate the best of times when they succeed. They do an amzing job, I wish I could have stayed a lot longer. My last night there I felt like i was leaving my home and it was hard to go. I will return there one day soon. It holds a special place in my heart as do the people i met and worked with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I look forward to each volunteer experience I have at the Alaska SeaLife Center. The facility is wonderful and is always filled with exciting marine life, new exhibits and caring and professional staff! The research at the Center provides relavent information that addresses key arctic marine mammal and ecosystem questions that arrise at within the state as well as arctic-wide. The Center is a vital facility for the state of Alaska providing critical lab space for both marine researchers of today and those young people [students and interns] it inspires for tomorrow. I beleive more funding would enable the staff at the Center to reach its full potential answering the growing questions that marine species and the people that depend on them face in the changing arctic environment.

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