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“Stop for info, exhibits and the movie”

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Visitor Center
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a good informative visitor centre and well worth stopping at. The staff are friendly and the exhibits are good. Take time to watch the short movie about the park and then enjoy the short trails around the woods nearby.

Thank Barry and Nicol... G
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This should be your first stop when visiting Wrangell St Elias NP and Preserve. There is a movie to watch which is very informative. There are exhibits and displays, too. Make sure to ask the rangers about activities to do, for example, the McCarthy Road or flying with Wrangell Mountain Air to get to Kennicott.

Thank smokymtndeb
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Wish we had made it earlier in the day so that we could take advantage of some of the ranger presentations. We were grateful for the clean bathrooms and running water. There was a nice half-mile paved pathway through the woods and another half-mile gravel path along a bluff with views of a nearby river. A movie about the park is shown ever hour on the hour, introduced by a park ranger. Our son did the junior ranger badge while we looked at the animal pelts and skulls and maps of the Edgerton Highway. There is a fantastic 3-D map of the park that gives you a sense of the scale and the mountains in the park. There is a separate building with exhibits about wildlife in the park.

In another separate building is the Ahtna Cultural Center. This facility appears to be operated and staffed by the Ahtna Heritage Foundation. I was so glad to see that there was an opportunity to learn about the people of the area. A timeline on the wall was interesting, as were interpretive displays about native foods and potlatches. A staff member was on hand to answer questions, but she was reserved and waited for visitors to approach her. A wonderful Ahtna alphabet poster was on the wall, but was not available for purchase. The staff member did give me a bookmark with the alphabet (thank you!), but I would have been interested in buying the poster if it had been available. They did have a case of bead work and other artwork available for purchase. It would be great for this area to have more hands on exhibits that might engage young visitors. This part of the center has such potential.

Thank SubarcticHomebody
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Lots of information about the 13.2 million acre park and a lot about Alaska in General. Rangers were very helpful and can give you information about places to go and things to do based on your personal level of adventurousness. Neat exhibits and information on the mountain ranges and animals in the area.

Thank AndyR2
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stopped at the Nabesna station and let the kids do the Jr. Ranger program. The staff was very attentive to our kids and helped them through the book. She was friendly and knowledgeable about the area.

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