The guided tour begins with a delightful eight-mile coastal drive to Herring Cove, home of the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. You will be greeted by your naturalist and guided along an easy trail through the heart of the dense forest of hemlock, spruce and Alaskan cedar. Next, step into the protected open estuary, where you can view Eagle Creek from an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. During the spawning season, the bears and seals feed on salmon, and the likelihood of viewing these fascinating animals is good. Bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Sitka black tail deer, mink, and marten are some of the Alaskan wildlife that frequent the area.
At the conclusion of the half-mile trail hike, you will have an opportunity to visit the Alaska Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit organization. Take the opportunity to see raptors up close as a raptor specialist explains the heritage and habitat of the different species. Observe a master Alaskan native totem pole carver at work, explore the interpretive displays, and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store.
- Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
- Language: English
- Requirements: Layered clothing, light rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
Maximum participants: 50