Alaska Hummingbird Festival Returns to Ketchikan Starting April 6, 2018! - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Alaska Hummingbird Festival Returns to Ketchikan Starting April 6, 2018!

KETCHIKAN, Alaska, March 23, 2018–Beginning in April, the Alaska Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan will celebrate the return of the Rufous hummingbirds to the Tongass National Forest. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center will serve as the hub for a series of educational and creative events, including a juried art show, to promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of Southeast Alaska.

The Alaska Hummingbird Festival juried art show opening reception is April 6, 2018, starting at 5 p.m. at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau will host the opening reception. Artwork will be on display through May 25, 2018.

The festival’s series of events continue through April 28. Scheduled activities include Saturday morning guided bird walks, the Friday Night Insights lecture series, and Saturday morning crafting activities for youth and their families. All programs and activities are free to the public.

Visitors are also welcome to enjoy the exhibits, purchase maps and America the Beautiful passes, and learn about the forest from an interpretive ranger. A variety of films exploring the natural and cultural history of Alaska will be played in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Theater upon request until 5 p.m. Teachers are welcome to bring their classrooms for tours during this time or schedule a private tour Monday through Thursday by calling 907-228-6290. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is located at 50 Main Street in Ketchikan.

Summer hours begin in May, with the center open 7 days per week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee collection begins on May 1 with all areas requiring a $5.00 entrance fee. Local visitors may purchase a Discovery Center season pass for $15.00 which gets the cardholder and two others in for a daily visit from May 1-September 30, 2017.

For more information, contact Leslie Swada at 907-228-6290 or Follow the Center on Twitter at @AKDiscoveryCtr or the web at

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

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