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  

Even though we live more than 100 miles from Seward, we maintain an annual membership to the Alaska SeaLife Center. We are very proud to support this beautiful, educational facility and the research that is done there. We have guests from the Lower 48 every summer and AKSC is always on our "must see" list of places to share with them. Because the exhibits and presentations change frequently, we don't just drop off our guests, we visit the center with them.

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

the educational opportunities for guests and myself

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

give members free passes for guests.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are local Bed and Breakfast owners and are thrilled to have a facility of the Alaska Sealife Center in our community for guests to experience. Our grandchildren and personal family visitors put a visit to the center as a main activity when in Seward. Nothing beats the memory of my 3 year old granddaughter up past to her elbows touching the sea life - even though her sweater was still on!

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

Increased business at our B&B due to the center being in Seward.

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

Expand where possible and continue to change some displays yearly. I really liked the year the center displayed at the Alaska State Fair - it brought the center to another large population base of Alaska.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After 13 years living and working (and volunteering) in Alaska, the Alaska Sealife Center is among our favorite places to visit regularly. It is an exciting learning experience unlike any other. Our ecosystems can only be understood and respected through real scientific research; and the ASLC provides such by studying marine populations and passing on the knowledge to the public. In addition to education, it offers vital rehabilitation to animals in need.

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

As a regular patron.

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

Don't know.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska SeaLife Center holds a special place in my heart. I first visited the Center when I was a teenager, and now that I'm a young adult I still hold that same interest. Every time I visit the Center, I learn something new about the ocean, life in the sea, and useful information to making our environment a better place.

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

Learning about SeaLife and appreciating the staff's love for their field.

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

I would increase a marketing campaign to get more Alaskans to visit the Center.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska SeaLife center is one of the high lights of our campus visit program for prospective students. Our students really enjoy comparing their combined weight with the sea lion and sticking their hands in the touch tank. Keep up the good work and i forward to bringing another group down soon.

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

that I make at least three trips a year from Anchorage to visit the SeaLife center.

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

expand it to accommodate more room for rehabilitation and offer educational marine tours within Resurrection bay.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have enjoyed the Sea Life center since it opened. Now that my kids are teenagers, they still like to visit, and we are members. My personal favorite activity is to go downstairs and watch the birds "fly/swim" under water. The puffins are so graceful even though they are kind of awkward in the air! My kids love the sea lion that seems to play with the people watching through the glass. Every time I go, there is something different to see and I always learn something. We love it!

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

Education and enjoyment

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

Make it closer to my house

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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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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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