Celebrate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's 50th Anniversary in Fairbanks, Homer, and Anchorage
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the 50th anniversary of
the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month with a
series of events in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Homer. A photo exhibit, an
original stage play, and an hour-long film capture the unique history,
wildlife, stunning vistas, and opportunities for exploration and discovery
in America’s largest National Wildlife Refuge.
Arctic Sanctuary—This exhibit of 50 images by renown photographer Jeff
Jones shows the great breadth, diversity and stark beauty of the refuge. Ra
nging from large-scale panoramas to more intimate and abstract studies, the
exhibit engages viewers in a contemplative exploration of wilderness.
Wild Legacy—Packed with lyrical imagery, this original stage production
pays homage to Olaus and Mardy Murie, who were instrumental in the
establishment of the refuge. Wild Legacy is adapted from Mardy Murie’s
acclaimed book Two in the Far North and directed by Gloria Baxter in
collaboration with Voices of the South Theater Company.
America’s Wildest Refuge—This hour-long, high-definition video documentary
is an ecological and historical portrait of the Arctic Refuge. Produced by
Alaska Geographic and Artery Industries, it features images of the
landscapes and wildlife of the refuge in all seasons and interviews with
those who know the refuge best.
Fri., Dec. 3—5 p.m. Arctic Sanctuary Well Street Art Co.,
1304 Well St.
Sat., Dec. 4—8 p.m. Wild Legacy Lee Salisbury
Sun., Dec. 5— 2 p.m. Wild Legacy Lee Salisbury
Mon., Dec. 6—5:30p.m. America’s Wildest Refuge The Blue Loon, 2999
Mon., Dec. 6—8 p.m. America’s Wildest Refuge The Blue Loon,
2999 Parks Highway
Wed., Dec. 8—7 p.m. Wild Legacy Alaska Islands and
Ocean Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Hwy.
Fri., Dec. 10—8 p.m. Wild Legacy Wendy Williamson
Sat., Dec. 11—8 p.m. Wild Legacy Wendy Williamson
Sun., Dec. 12—2 p.m. Wild Legacy Wendy Williamson
The Arctic National Wildlife Range was established on Dec. 6, 1960 to
preserve “unique wildlife, wilderness and recreational values.” Twenty
years later, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands
Conservation Act, which more than doubled its size to nearly 20 million
acres and renamed it the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It includes eight
million acres of designated Wilderness—the largest designated Wilderness
area in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge’s rich pageant of
wildlife includes 42 fish species, 37 land mammals, eight marine mammals,
and more than 200 migratory and resident bird species. The refuge is unique
because it has a full range of arctic and subarctic ecosystems. These
systems are undisturbed, functioning as they have for centuries, largely
free of human control and manipulation.
To learn more about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, visit
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to
these events for all participants. Please direct all requests for
accommodations to Maureen_Clark@fws.gov or call 786-3469.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our
work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.