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Seward Association For The Advancement Of Marine Science

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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Peg T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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?!)

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Kindergarten teacher in Seward, I have witnessed the outstanding education programs the Sea Life Center has to offer. The education they provide is exploratory, hands on, placed-based, interactive, and reflective. The lessons they provide to visiting school groups are well thoughtout; clearly incoporating standards, learning styles, and multi-intelligences.

As an interested citizen in the Seward Community I have enjoyed learning more about our local environment through the displays at the Sea Life Center. It is a gift to be able to learn about and observe all of the details of what exist in, on, and around our waters. The displays are informational, eye-capturing, and interactive.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Sealife center is a great educational experience and an Alaskan Gem, not just for tourists but for our own Alaskan community. It brings the children closer to the animals and makes them think of conservation. Well run, Alaskan Gem

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alaska Sealife Center is a top notch facility. It is a huge asset to Seward and their visitors. As a retail business in Seward we hear input from people that live and visit our town. We have heard nothing but GREAT feedback regarding the Alaska Sealife Center.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sea Life Center is one of the shining stars of Alaska. I have visited the Center many times as it is one of our favorite spots to take Alaska visitors and just to visit and see what is new. It is very educational and after all education is what is vital when it comes to the environment and protecting that environment. The research they do is vital to a healthy marine ecco-system and the creatures who live in that system. One of my most enjoyable visits was with my grandchildren, who live in Austin, Texas. They learned so much that day and for several days after they drew pictures to share with friends at home.

I am not an expert in any area of marine biology but thanks to the Sea Life Center, I am an informed layperson.

Vivian K.

Review from Guidestar