To create an informed public caring for Alaska’s natural and cultural heritage


The Alaska Natural History Association is a nonprofit partner of Alaska’s parks, forests, refuges and other public lands. The Alaska Natural History Association is what’s called a cooperating or interpretive association a nonprofit organization dedicated to public land education. Incorporated in 1959, the Association has a long history of connecting people to the Great Land of Alaska.

Alaska’s public lands are national treasures rich in human history and healthy ecosystems. About 80% of Alaska, the largest state, is publicly owned. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 placed large parts of Alaska in America’s conservation, wilderness, and recreation systems, forests, wildlife refuges, and parks. Combined with the already established federal reserves and a growing state park system, these designations round out an unsurpassed protected land base. The Alaska Natural History Association is the education partner of these amazing public lands