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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska was still a territory in 1915 when the United States Congress set aside federal lands near Fairbanks for a land grant college. 

In 1917, Alaska's territorial legislature approved a statute establishing the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines that first opened its doors in 1922. 

In 1935, the institution was renamed the University of Alaska.

For a quick overview of the university, visitors can join a student on a two hour walking tour of the campus. The free tours leave from the museum at 10 a.m. every weekday June 2 through Aug. Reservations are not necessary, though the groups are limited to 30 people. Appropriate clothing for the weather and comfortable shoes are a must for this tour. The tour may be canceled if there is heavy rain. For more information, call (907) 474-7581.

If you prefer a do-it-yourself tour of UAF, maps are available at the Wood Center front desk. This should be the first stop before going exploring. Wood Center is located in the center of lower campus. For more information on scheduled campus activities, contact University Relations at (907) 474-7581. Several of their programs and facilities give summer tours.

Click here to go to a map of campus, with the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks circled. Their "zoomable" map can be found here, or you might want to try their Virtual Tour.

University of Alaska Museum:

The museum, open daily, features Alaska's history and cultures. Northern Inua performances featuring storytelling, songs and athletic events from the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics runs every day. Also a presentation on the Northern Lights can be found here. There is a small admission charge. Call 474-7505 for information.

Large Animal Research Station:

This facility is also known as the Musk Ox Farm. Except during the "mad cow disease scare, there were scheduled tours of the station. They now occur 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including the 4th of July. There are seven 45 minute tours a day, beginning at 10 a.m. The cost was $5 for adults. Platforms at the parking lot allow for all-hours viewing of the animals throughout the year. Binoculars are recommended at the visitor display and viewing stands. The station is on Yankovich Road, one mile from Ballaine Road (left on Farmers Loop onto Ballaine, then an almost immediate left turn onto Yankovich. If you are coming from the Georgeson Botanical Gardens, turn right then right again on Miller Road, and then right once more on Yankovich. For more information call 474-7207.

Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station:

Free guided tours of the Georgeson Botanical Gardens are on Fridays at 2 p.m. Self-guided tours can be taken anytime. Follow the Tanana Loop to West Tanana Drive, one mile west of UAF's lower campus. Call 474-7433 for more information.

Geophysical Institute:

Learn about the aurora borealis, earthquakes and volcano research during a free slide show and tour of the Geophysical Institute . Tour times and directions are listed on this page. Call 474-7798 for more information.

International Arctic Research Center

The IARC also has a tour, at 4 p.m. Again, see this page for more information.

Poker Flats Research Range

This is the only university-owned sounding rocket range in the world. Tours are offered, June 6, 20; July 11, 25; Aug. 8, 22: 1:30 p.m., in 2002. Click here for more information.

SuperComputing Center

Tours of the University of Alaska's Supercomputing Center  were offered June through August.: They were Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in 2008. Follow the link for more information. Their own site is updated regularly.

The West Ridge at UAF:

This location offers one of the best views of the Alaska Range on a clear day. Take the Tanana Loop to Yukon Drive.

 

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