A uniquely Alaskan experience with exclusive intimate access to eagles and raptors, and a rainforest walk.
Experience Alaska’s newest and most intimate raptor presentation and exhibit. Take a guided nature walk exploring the wildlife and ecology of the preserve, and explore a historic sawmill, blacksmith shop, and totem park.
Here’s how your tour in the rainforest will fly.
You’ll begin with a scenic coastal drive from Ketchikan that takes you to Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private 40-acre reserve located in scenic Herring Cove. You’ll be greeted by a naturalist guide who will lead you on an informative half-mile nature walk surrounded by towering spruce, hemlock and cedar trees. During the spawning season, bears and seals feed on salmon in Eagle Creek and Bald Eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Seasonal ecosystem changes resulting in varying levels of wildlife activity.
Your walk leads into the 1,500 square foot flight auditorium and the highlight of your visit to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. During a 30-minute, fully-narrated presentation, a handler from the Alaska Raptor Center will describe the unique physical and behavioral adaptations of the birds while showcasing their natural behaviors. The exhibit is designed so you’ll be able to see these birds flying very close by, and the grand finale will take your breath away, as a Bald Eagle is presented. Thanks to tireless recovery efforts by organizations like the Alaska Raptor Center, this regal bird is no longer endangered. Your tour also includes access to the custom-built raptor courtyard where you’ll have time to ask the handler more questions and photograph these amazing birds of prey close up.
More photo ops coming right up!
You’ll have time to yourself before returning to town, so you can explore the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Saw Mill, and the totem park with its impressive 40-foot totem. Watch a blacksmith at work and shop for souvenirs in the General Store.
Please Note: Rain ponchos are available, if necessary. This tour operates in all weather conditions. A portion of our proceeds go to the Alaska Raptor Center, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, for the rehabilitation of wild birds, education, and research.
Need to Know
Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and waterproof jacket are recommended
Shopping opportunities are available at the General Store
This experience includes walking for short distances over relatively level terrain, possibly with a few steps or slight inclines. Participants should be able to move into and out of buses or vans.
Beautiful and leisurely hike
This is more about learning about the forest, plants and area than seeing wildlife.
Connor was our guide and did a great job. Very engaging and personable.
Although we DID get to see mama bear and cub at the stream as we came to the boardwalk, it seems best to be in the very first group as the wildlife keeps their distance from people. We only got to see the back of mama bear as she was moving her cub away from people. There was also a juvenile bald eagle sitting on the boardwalk railing only about 50 ahead of us. As I tried to take some pictures, someone up front just kept right on walking toward it and spooked it away. Also the guides have to speak up so the group can hear them. I believe the loud voices spooks away the mama and her cub. Would be better to encourage silence and quiet voices on the boardwalk area to observe whatever wildlife may be there. There were bald eagles around the creek area. Several in surrounding trees. Binoculars would be recommended for a better view. However, you DO get to see a bald eagle, hawk and owl all up close and personal at the end of the tour. They are rehab residents.
Best Day Ever! Ask for Sarah!
We arranged for 100 teachers from our Science at Sea cruise to Alaska to visit the sanctuary. Perfect mixture of great science content and a fun way to experience this amazing place. Our educators were beyond impressed with all of the guides and their ACCURATE knowledge of the plants, trees and wildlife. Great to see a place that hasn't been completely commercialized. Don't miss the raptor center (phase 1 of construction was just finished). We were surprised to see "Sitka" the bald eagle at this center. We're used to seeing her at the raptor center in Sitka. Every part of the experience was first class. Highly recommended - 10 out of 10!
Great place to visit - walk way gives great views of bears with their young fishing and climbing trees. Penny & Riley were great at showing us around and spotting the wildlife.