Glacier Bay
National Park & Preserve Alaska

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there is a lot to do and see in Glacier Bay
There is a lot to do and see in Glacier Bay!
 

On this page: Explore daily activities in Bartlett Cove during your visit. Then, check detailed program topics closer to the time of your visit. Program topics updated weekly.

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Weekly Program Topics

July 22 - 30

Program topics are updated weekly, check this page close to the time of your visit!
(Photo to right shows schedule from July 23 - 30)

Thursday July 22

4 pm | Glacier Bay Under Construction
Join Ranger John to learn how sea otters, our furry ecosystem engineers construct new habitat for a multitude of species. Snorkel not required.
7 pm | Glacier Bay Buffet
Just like your favorite cookbook has a variety of recipes, Glacier Bay has an assortment of ingredients to support an abundance of wildlife. Join Ranger Rebekah for a sampler of Glacier Bay animals that choose different meals from the Glacier Bay buffet.

Friday July 23

4 pm | Glacier Bay Under Construction
Join Ranger John to learn about how sea otters, our furry ecosystem engineers, construct new habitat for a multitude of species.
7 pm | Tribal House Traditions
Join a ranger-facilitated virtual presentation provided by a tribal interpreter and explore Glacier Bay Homeland from a traditional perspective. Presentations vary.

Saturday July 24

4 pm | Snow Speaks
Join Ranger Colleen to learn more about our resident humpback whale skeleton. We will explore Whale 68, otherwise known as Tsalxaan Tayee Yaay, or The Whale Under Mount Fairweather. Her skeleton remains as a sentinel of Glacier Bay and an eternal source of wonder for all who visit.
7 pm | Finding Food in a Changing Seascape
Glacier Bay has a legacy of scientific research, join Ranger Brian to discuss modern findings and hear stories of triumph, tragedy, and hope from Glacier Bay’s marine food web.

Sunday July 25

4 pm | Glacier Bay Revealed
Join a ranger to dive deeper into the natural history of Glacier Bay.
7 pm | What's so Special about Glacier Bay anyway?
In this thirty minute presentation Ranger James expands upon the foundation of our National Park System, often called America’s Best Idea, and the reasons for nominating Glacier Bay for inclusion.

Monday July 26

4 pm | Of Whales and Nails
Join Ranger Brian to discover the history, lessons learned, and amazing anatomy of Tsalxaan Tayee Yaáy, Bartlett Cove’s resident humpback whale, an exhibit 13 years in the making.
7 pm | Tribal House Traditions
Join a ranger-facilitated virtual presentation provided by a tribal interpreter and explore Glacier Bay Homeland from a traditional perspective. Presentations vary.

Tuesday July 27

4 pm | Rooting for the Return
As new land emerges from the ice, space is created for plants and animals to colonize and for people to play. Join Ranger Katy to discover how life returns to the land following the retreat of glaciers.
7 pm | Return of the Sea Otter
Glacier Bay is now home to one of the highest densities of sea otters in Alaska. However, it wasn’t long ago that you couldn’t find sea otters here. Join Ranger Marinell and explore the ecology and complexity of sea otter colonization in Glacier Bay’s nearshore ecosystems.

Wednesday July 28

4 pm | Snow Speaks
Join Ranger Colleen to learn more about our resident humpback whale skeleton. We will explore Whale 68, otherwise known as Tsalxaan Tayee Yaay, or The Whale Under Mount Fairweather. Her skeleton remains as a sentinel of Glacier Bay and an eternal source of wonder for all who visit.
7 pm | Tribal House Traditions
Join a ranger-facilitated virtual presentation provided by a tribal interpreter and explore Glacier Bay Homeland from a traditional perspective. Presentations vary.

Thursday July 29

4 pm | Peek-a-boo Palette
Bartlett Cove's tidal canvas is colored by a cacophony of curious creatures. Catch Ranger Matt for a closer look at these amazing works of art.
7 pm | A Single Snowflake
Where there is one snowflake, there are millions. Join Ranger Colleen to learn about the most powerful force in this park – glaciers! We will explore this park’s tangled history with glaciers and the power embodied in a single snowflake.

Friday July 30

4 pm | Life on the Edge
Join Ranger Rebekah for a deep dive into the life and world of one of Glacier Bay’s birds. This bird can survive diving to depths of over 600 feet underwater and their eggs are specially designed for life on the edge. Come find out the identity of this feathered friend.
7 pm | Tribal House Traditions
Join a ranger-facilitated virtual presentation provided by a tribal interpreter and explore Glacier Bay Homeland from a traditional perspective. Presentations vary.

Last updated: July 21, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826

Phone:

(907) 697-2230

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