Eagle River Nature Center - Connecting People with Nature



August 18, 2016, 1pm Both viewing decks on the Rodak Nature Trail have been closed by CSP Rangers and AK Fish & Game. This closure will allow brown bear(s) to fish for salmon and not feel threatened by large groups of people congregated on the decks. Please stay on the trail at all times and stay bear aware: make noise not to surprise a bear; buddy up; use your senses to stay aware; carry bear spray; slow down; keep your pet on a leash; and don't feed bears. Respect for our wildlife will keep you safe and them wild. Thank you!

Albert Loop Trail at Eagle River Nature Center closing for season

(Anchorage, AK) – Spawning salmon have returned to waters at the Eagle River Nature Center and so have the bears that feed on them. As a result, Alaska State Parks is closing the Albert Loop Trail and its vicinity, effective at noon today (Thursday, Aug. 11).  At this time of year, black and brown bears and their cubs use the bridges and beaver dams as fishing platforms and adjacent brush and trees for cover.  

Today’s closure does not affect the Iditarod/Crow Pass trail, the Rodak Loop and viewing platforms, or the Dew Mound Trail. Reopening of the Albert Loop trail will be announced and most likely will happen at freeze-up when the majority of bears go into hibernation. The trails seasonal closures have occurred since 1997. 

Anyone recreating on an Alaska trail is encouraged to take appropriate precautions. Be prepared to encounter a bear, and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter. 

CONTACT:  Tom Harrison, Chugach State Park Superintendent, 907-345-5014, csp@alaska.gov

Welcome to the Eagle River Nature Center

The Eagle River Nature Center is operated by a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide connections to nature teducation, resource protection and outdoor opportunities. The Nature Center is located within Chugach State Park – one of Alaska’s largest state parks and within 40 minutes driving distance from downtown Anchorage and 12 miles from the town of Eagle River.

What You’ll Find at the End of Eagle River Road

You’ll discover the beauty of the Eagle River Valley as you begin your drive along Eagle River Road. Residential areas will give way to breathtaking views of glacially-carved mountains. At Mile 12 you will reach the log cabin visitor center – a threshold for connecting to the ever-changing landscape beyond.


Contact phone number, fax and address

Phone: 907-694-2108   Fax: 907-694-2119

Eagle River Nature Center

32750 Eagle River Road

Eagle River, AK 99577

501c3 non-profit #92-0156981 established 1996

Building Hours: 

October-April, Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm

May-September, Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm

The building will be CLOSED Dec. 21, 2015 through Jan.1, 2016.

Trails always accessible. Group field trips available daily by appointment. 

2014 Pick Click and Give to the Nature Center

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS:  Alaska Airlines, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., BP, CIRI, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Foundation, Foraker Group, REI, Rasmuson Foundation and Spenard Builders Supply.



What's New


Our Latest Programs

August & Sept. 2016 Programs

Go to our Facebook page for Eagle River Challenge race results! Photographer Colin Tyler Bogucki took photos of the racers. If you send him your bib number, he’ll check if he has one of you. Go to colintyler.com

Kudos to our incredible volunteer trail crew for fixing the Upper Albert Loop bridge. 

NEW! Our new trail maintenance facility has a space that can be rented for small groups (max. 12 persons) for meetings or retreats. More info here

Cutting the ribbon at our trail maintenance building dedication on May 21, 2016.

TEACHERS: Click here for details about our naturalist field trips,outreach and scholarships. 

THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors and supporters!

Mark Your Calendars:

20th Anniversary Auction:  October 8, 2016, AK Native Heritage Center, 5:30pm.

You can earn money for our programs by linking your Fred

Meyer rewards card to the Eagle River Nature Center. Whenever you use your rewards card while shopping at Fred Meyer, a donation will be made to the Center.

When shopping at Amazon Smile, you can select a non-proift for Amazon to make a donation to.  Choose Eagle River Nature Center!  Thanks!

Purchase your Crow Pass Trail T-Shirt HERE!





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