Come play with sea cucumbers and sea stars in saltwater touch tanks. Explore the suspended, 15-foot long skeleton of a young, male orca whale. Or have your family try to mimic the sound of a howling wolf pack. The interactive displays at this science center are a great place for interactive learning about the animals and ecosystems of coastal Southeast Alaska.
There’s a large aquarium, which mimics the ecosystem right outside the building. Rocky shores and kelp beds in the 800-gallon tank provide habitat for wolf eels, rockfish, ling cod, sea anemones, and more. The center also has three touch tanks and five small in-wall tanks, plus the Raven Bioacoustics Exhibit. Watch a spectrogram of the sounds made by local animals—humpback whales, wolves, and birds. Then try to mimic those sounds.
If you’re here at the right time of year, you might have the opportunity to help the staff incubate salmon eggs. The science center includes a salmon hatchery (the third-oldest in Alaska), where they raise king, chum, pink, and coho salmon. There’s even a freshwater raceway for returning salmon right outside the center.
There are guided tours in the summer, where you can learn about the finding, cleaning, and re-assembly of the orca whale skeleton