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 Herring 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: 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.
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.
Nice relaxing educational shorter excursion
Wife, 12-year old and 5-year old did the walk with Grace as our guide. It was a great tour to take as a family. You walk through in groups of four so our family basically had a private tour. Grace was very knowledgeable and every minute and every step was full of information about the plants, animals, history and ecosystem around us.
Our 12 year old loved the info about the plants and animals and our 5 year old just loved being on a winding wooded path "exploring". Grace was very patient with our kids and their questions, especially the 5 year old and his random, off-the-wall comments interrupting her every few minutes.
We saw several types of birds including bald eagles, over a dozen types of trees, plants, mosses, berries, flowers, and learned about the 5 types of salmon in the hatchery. The area was home to a selective logging operation until 2002 and the tour included a walk through the old mill where Wayne is now carving his 41st or 42nd totem pole. So lots of interesting things to look at. Oh, and there is a raptor recovery program so we also saw a bald eagle, peregrine falcon and a red-tailed hawk up close. But if you are looking for bears, wolves, moose or caribou this is not the place. We did get to see a black bear ransacking a trash can down the street but that was the closest we came to a bear here. We were here in mid-late June so the bear and other predator activity would probably pick up as other fish start running later in the summer.
There was zip lining here but we did not do it. We would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a few hour trip with some good info with good people. If you want spectacle go watch the guys bust logs in town.
So Many Bears!
What a pleasant surprise it was to see so many bears! We enjoyed our tour of the rainforest and loved seeing bears and bald eagles in the wild. The tour guides were excellent - helpful, informative, kind - and mindful of our safety. Was a great shore excursion even though we experienced quite a bit of rain - maybe bears like rain?