Alaska Geographic is the statewide nonprofit educational partner for public lands in Alaska. Established in 1959, Alaska Geographic works hand-in-hand with Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges. Alaska Geographic was formerly known as the Alaska Natural History Association. Their work is undertaken with generous contributions from members and donors, as well as income earned from operating educational bookstores. Alaska Geographic’s mission is that inspired people become champions of Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges.
Alaska Geographic’s Long History in Alaska
Early visitors to Alaska’s national parks and monuments couldn’t find much information to enhance their experience. Some forward-thinking park rangers created the organization in 1959 to address this critical need. The initial goals were to first provide the few books and pamphlets that already existed on Alaska’s natural and cultural heritage to visitors; and secondly to create new publications to fill the vast information gaps. Sales have continued to grow, and today, earnings from bookstores and publishing combined with membership dues and donations, support the educational efforts of Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges. Alaska Geographic provides aid and services for Junior Ranger programs, volunteers, visitor center films, exhibits, visitor guides, and much, much more. All free to the public, made available to you by Alaska Geographic.