For more information about our Education Programs, please contact SSSC’s Education Manager Janet Clarke at or (907) 747-8878 extension 3.

Scientists in Schools

Primary, Middle, & High School Program

This program is explained in detail on its own separate page.  Please click here to find out more.


Sitka Sprouts

Early Childhood Program

Plant the Seeds of Science in the next generation! Tuesdays at 10:30 am September to April, 3-5 year olds gather at the Science Center for this free program. We read a story each week and do a craft or activity that relates to the topic of the story. Join us for some hands-on adventuring that is sure to get your tot thinking like a scientist. No registration is necessary, just stop on by. Please check out our Education calendar to confirm dates.


Discovery Days

Primary School Program

Sitkans, quench your curiosity with SSSC Discovery Days.  DD programs are geared towards children 6 to 12 years old and include scientists from our community as well as visiting scientists from around the world. Discovery Days are free and open to the public.  Check out our Education calendar for exact DD dates between September and April.


Summer Camps

Primary School Program

Each summer the Science Center host many science camps that get kids and youth engaged in the world around them. From finding creepy crawly insects to building shelters our camps explore all that Sitka, Alaska has to offer.

For more information click here

Past Project: Ocean Acidification with Pacific High School

High School Program

Pacific High School students and SSSC staff collected water samples at Cresent Harbor, which were analyzed by technicians at NOAA’s Auke Bay Lab in Juneau.  The data is part of an ongoing monitoring effort to determine the magnitude and effects of ocean acidification in Southeast Alaska.  The PHS students used the experience and data for their science class, and NOAA incorporated the data into its database.

Tsunami Bowl

High School Program

The Science Center  hosts a Sitka National Ocean Sciences Bowl team.  The state competition, the Alaskan Tsunami Bowl, is held in Seward each year in the Spring.  Throughout the school year, competing teams of 4-5 students create a project which involves a paper and presentation.  Students also compete head to head with other teams in a quiz-bowl style competition to display their ocean knowledge.

Science Mentor Program

Primary School/High School Program

The Science Center is proud to spread the word about a great opportunity for local students - the Science Mentor Program.  The program is funded by the Sitka Conservation Society and the Rural Schools Recovery Act.  This program pairs Sitka High School students with a scientist mentor from the community.  Participating organizations include the Sitka Sound Science Center, University of Alaska-Southeast, U.S. Forest Service, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  These students are working on a research project with their mentor throughout the school year, learning valuable scientific methods, and earning high school credit.  If you are a local student and would like to participate, please contact Janet Clarke.

University of Alaska: Fish Technology Programs

College Program

SSSC has a special partnership with the University of Alaska Fisheries Technology Program.  The Fish Tech Program provides associate degrees and certification in aquaculture and fisheries management.  The SSSC provides hands on training opportunities for students in the programs. Workshops and internships are held at the SSSC Sheldon Jackson Hatchery as part of the program.

For more information click here

SSSC Field Station & Field Courses

High School & College Program

The Sitka Sound Science Center offers a variety of academic support for schools and universities looking to conduct field courses in Southeast Alaska through our Field Station. SSSC provides lab space, classrooms, inorganic and organic specimens, as well as access to our saltwater aquarium and touch tanks. We strive to provide the hands on experiences and support necessary for quality, interdisciplinary field work here in Sitka, Alaska. Schools and universities bring their instructors, their students, and their classes to Sitka, where SSSC staff and associates provide local knowledge, transportation, field trip coordination, expertise in outdoor recreation and additional support. The former Sheldon Jackson College campus (owned and operated by the Sitka Fine Arts Camp) can provide housing, dining services and recreational facilities.

For more information click here 

Sitka WhaleFest

All Ages Program

The Annual Sitka WhaleFest is a science symposium for everyone! The event hosts a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of the North Pacific. The festival includes many community and cultural activities such as the science symposium lectures, interactive student sessions, marine wildlife cruises with scientist, a marine themed artisan market, music, local foods, a banquet, art and a fun run/walk.

Click here for Sitka WhaleFest website

Docent / Jr. Docent / Volunteer Programs

All Age Programs

Want to be a part of the Sitka Sound Science Center’s mission to increase the understanding and awareness of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska through education and research?  Great!  We love, accept and need volunteers! Currently we have many docents and volunteers of all ages that help with interpretation and research around the Science Center. 

For more information click here

Behind the Scenes

Adult Program

Are you interested in joining Science Center staff as a volunteer in the aquarium, the hatchery, or as part of educational and community events?  Would you like to know more about the marine life and the natural cycles of our island?  Have you always wondered what those alien looking structures were behind the Science Center?

If you answered yes, Sitka Sound Science Center program “Behind the Scenes” is perfect for you. This is a series of fun learning events for adults - featuring stand-alone sessions that explore features of the marine environment that we celebrate at the Science Center.

Join us for one, any, or all of the Behind the Scenes sessions and enjoy learning with others through a fun and engaging hands-on experience!

This event is ALWAYS FREE, like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the program dates.

Previous Behind the Scenes Themes:

Echinoderms:  Sea Stars & Their Cousins                                   Outmigration

60 Feet Under:  The Molly Tank                                                      Eco-Discovery

Molluscs                                                                                                          Salmon Release