Steve Kroschel's Wildlife Center in Haines provides an opportunity to get close and personal with Alaskan wildlife. While most guests visit the center as part of a large group tour, this is a rare opportunity for a private visit. Our private tour allows you and your family or group to spend quality time with Alaskan mammals such as wolf, lynx, wolverine, moose, porcupine and a variety of other Alaskan species. These animals are extremely challenging to see in the wild, especially at close proximity.
Meet your knowledgeable and friendly local guide for a drive up the Haines Highway, declared a National Scenic Byway, and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The drive provides views of glacier-clad mountains, colorful wildflowers line the road, and green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. Bald eagles are often seen and we will have time for some photo stops along the way.
Being a private tour, you will have more flexibility in terms of how much time you spend with each species, and you won't have to work your way around other guests for photography. You will spend at least one and one half hours at the Wildlife Center.
Then enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines.
Included: picnic style lunch of turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
Please Note: Minimum of 4 passengers required to book. Actual species visited depend on availability and can change with each tour. There is some up uphill walking involved, therefore not wheelchair accessible.
Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- A picnic style lunch: turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
- Minimum of 4 passengers required to book
Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15 minutes meet guide and board bus
- 45 minutes scenic driving tour through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
- 2 hours tour of Steve Kroschel's Wildlife Center
- 1 hour scenic tour, picnic, and return to ship
- This tour meets on the cruise ship dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
Is there a minimum number of guests?
Yes. There is a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 14 guests per departure.
What time does the tour run?
Our tours typically leave in the morning around 8am but vary from day to day.
Do you meet us at our ship?
Yes, a representative will meet the guests just past security.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. We do not have a wheelchair lift in any of our vehicles.
What should I wear while on tour?
We recommend that you dress in layers. It can be cold enough where you want a wool cap, gloves and a jacket, or it could be so warm you will be in a T-shirt with sunscreen and sunglasses. The weather can change quickly.
What size groups are on your tours?
Our maximum group size is 14. Our typical tour has around 6-8 guests at one time. We can charter large buses for large groups with advance notice.
What kinds of vehicles do you use?
Depending on the size of the group and the tour, we utilize everything from an SUV like the Toyota Sequoia or Sienna, to the 14-passenger Ford Econoline Van to the 14- passenger Airporter-style bus.
What are your lunches like? What if I have a special diet?
The tour includes a deli-style lunch. It consists of a turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
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