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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We became members of the Sea Life Center when we had our little girl. She has enjoyed it since she was only 4 months old. She loves to look at the fish up close and really enjoys the birding area with all the sea birds. We know she will learn a lot from all the displays as she gets older. We go at least once each time we are in Seward--sometimes 2 or 3 times!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Alaska Sealife Center is a great asset to the State of Alaska. It has raised and continues to raise awareness of the interdependence of our local marine and ecological systems. The center's service to the community and schools has been generous and informative.

Review from Guidestar

Chris C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Marine Science Center in Seward is one of the Highlights of our Alaska Tours. We send about 150 of our guests through here each season. The knowledge of the staff and their willingness to share their obvious dedication to the animals and inhabitants of the Alaskan waters is evident everywhere. The facility is clean and the signage is very informative to both the casual visitor and the more informed. The layout of exhibits helps the visitor understand the relationship of the animals to the environment. We have taken the behind the scenes tour and backstage is clean and well cared for, as well. Very fun, educational and informative.

Review from Guidestar