and intelligent invertebrates. There is also a new
interactive exhibit in the recently renovated underwater viewing area focusing on the octopus.
The Puffin Encounter allows a small group of
four visitors to meet puffins and other resident
bird species and participate in a feeding. Tour
participants also learn how Alaska’s extreme
seasons influence puffin behavior and appear-
ance throughout the year.
“There are several activities that guests can
take part in. They can touch a sea urchin, sea
star, or sea anemone at the Discovery Touch
Tank. There is an open-air sea bird aviary
where guests can get an up-close look at the
unique seabirds of Alaska,” says Dorsel.
“We always offer our encounters in the
winter. Also, each winter we try to have a fun
educational program/event,” she adds. R
Judy Mottl writes about important issues
country-wide with an affinity for Alaska.
thriving culture of Ketchikan’s First Nations
peoples,” says Froeschle.
The center is also a big draw for local and visiting artists, she adds, noting that in the 2017-
2018 Native Arts Studies Program class season
the list of participating teachers included Haida
weaver Delores Churchill, Haida weaver Holly
Churchill, Tsimshian carvers Wayne Hewson
and Mike Dangeli, as well as guest instructor
Haida weaver Evelyn Vanderhoop and Tlingit
carver Kenneth White.
“These instructors are culture-bearers
dedicated to perpetuating and strengthening
the traditional arts by sharing their knowledge with students, and the Totem Heritage
Center is proud to help foster these precious
traditional art forms for future generations,”
The City of Ketchikan Museum Department
also operates the Tongass Historical Museum,
which opened in 1967. Winter hours are 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and visits
can also be made by appointment.
“In the winter months, we host a large
number of school field trips, group visits, and
independent visitors, as well as offering an
array of programs bringing in approximately
1,200 patrons in the winter season,” says Froeschle.
“We can create activities and crafts to suit
any age group, area of study, or timeframe,”
Marine Meet and Greet
The winter season is a great time to visit the
Alaska SeaLife Center, located in Seward. It
offers scientific knowledge of Alaska’s unique
marine ecosystems and is open from Noon to
5 p.m. between October 1 and February 24.
This year, to mark its 20th anniversary, the
center is offering monthly promotions and
has curated a new exhibit showcasing its two
decades of activity, says Monique Dorsel,
marketing and sales coordinator.
Visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center during
Alaska’s colder months provides a more intimate visit given the much smaller volume of
guests. In summer the Alaska SeaLife Center
welcomes roughly 130,000 visitors through its
doors between April and August, compared to
approximately 20,000 between September and
“We get guests from all around the world
and of all ages. The SeaLife Center is a place
someone can enjoy at any age,” says Dorsel.
The Alaska SeaLife Center offers several tours, including encounters such as the
Mammal Encounter, the Octopus Encounter,
and the Puffin Encounter.
In the Octopus Encounter a group of five can
shake hands with a giant Pacific octopus during
a feeding session and learn about the mysterious
“Old and young alike have a great time. Our games are not
meant to be physically difficult. You must think your way
through, come up with ideas and try them, and work together
to escape before time runs out.”
Owner, Avalanche Escape Rooms
Call today for details on
planning your meeting in Juneau
make your next meeting