Photo by Kevin G. Smith Photography
It was a
year ago last week that the new Kodiak
Center opened its doors
to the pubic. On Friday, the staff is celebrating its first anniversary with
cake and everyone's invited. The
anniversary reception will start at 11 a.m. on Friday.
is the manager of the visitor center. She said its first year of operation was
a rousing success.
-- (Wildlife 1 20 sec "It
is a jumping place ... the community of Kodiak.")
alone, 3,000 visitors came through the doors of the center, which is nearly
eight times the number the old center near the Buskin River
welcomed in the same month last year.
center's location, a block from the Alutiiq
Museum and the Russian Orthodox
Church, and across the street from the Baranov Museum
and ferry terminal, lends to its popularity.
-- (Wildlife 2 16 sec "It's
excellent placement ... that need to be protected.")
it's also more convenient for students to come in on class trips.
-- (Wildlife 3 13 sec "School groups come ... check out this
cost of the center was 8-point-2 million dollars. It features interactive
animal displays, including a suspended whale skeleton, and a bear den where
visitors can use a stethoscope to listen to the sound of a hibernating bears'
there's enough intricacy in the displays for visitors to always find something
new, OR, she says, folks can just bring their lunch and relax there.
-- (Wildlife 4 15 sec "It's
just a vibrant place ... quiet reflection, too.")