Located 49 miles south of Anchorage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is gearing up for two major updates to its facility this summer. The first phase of the Bear Education Awareness Research Sanctuary (BEARS), consisting of a boardwalk spanning the 17-acre black and brown bear enclosures, is expected to open to the general public by Sunday, May 12.
The BEARS boardwalk allows for guests to safely view more bear activity in the enclosures at the wildlife center. Additionally, a new housing structure is near completion and will house up to 10 interns in the upstairs portion of the building, with the bottom floor acting as a shelter for animals against natural elements. This unique structure allows for increased educational opportunities for interns during their time at the center.