Welcome to UAF!
Where do you go from here? Take a hike, or a tour or a class. You have 2,250 acres to explore on our Fairbanks campus, so there’s always something going on. So find an activity that suits you. The highlights below are a good place to start, and you’ll find lots of other events on our calendars.
It’s your life, your adventure, and it’s your university. Happy trails!
Construction on campus
Please bear with us -- construction ahead
Projects will affect roads, parking and pedestrian access. Here are a few tips for parking on the Fairbanks campus this summer.
Guided walking tours for prospective students and campus visitors
Find out if UAF is right for you by seeing it in person. Prospective students and campus visitors can take student-led, 90-minute campus tours Monday – Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours start in the Signers’ Hall lobby. We encourage advance reservations to ensure you have the best experience possible. Call 800-478-1823 or 907-474-7500 , or go visit the Admissions website .
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No tours July 4 – 5.
Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning events
UA Museum of the North
You'll find millions of years of biodiversity and more than 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the collections at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Exhibit highlights include 2,000 years of Alaska art; Blue Babe, a 36,000-year-old mummified steppe bison; and The Place Where You Go to Listen, a sound and light display driven by the sun and moon, seismic activity, and the aurora. The museum offers special exhibits and family programs throughout the year. For admission fees and more information, call 907-474-7505 or visit the UA Museum of the North website.
May 15 – Sept. 15, 2013: Daily, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 , 2013 – May 14, 2014: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Sundays.
Visit the world-renowned Geophysical Institute, where scientists study everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the sun. Learn about the Alaska Satellite Facility's polar-orbiting satellites and the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Meet in the Elvey Building lobby. Call 907-474-6166 for information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
June 5 – Aug. 21, 2013 : Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m., Alaska Satellite Facility; 3 p.m., Alaska Volcano Observatory.
International Arctic Research Center
The International Arctic Research Center, in the Akasofu Building, is an international center for scientific research on the arctic system and global climate change. An online, self-guided tour, including a printable version, is available. Call 907-474-1584 or email email@example.com for more information. Reservations are required for a tour of the building in person.
Arctic Region Supercomputing Center
Learn how scientists from UAF and around the world use supercomputers to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, from developing Arctic-specific weather forecasts and climate change models to forecasting the path of destructive tsunamis and the rate of melting sea ice. Tours begin at 009 Butrovich Building. Call 907-450-8600 or visit the ARSC website for more information.
June 5 – Aug. 14, 2013: Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
Georgeson Botanical Garden
Visit gorgeous and extensive gardens to see the variety of plants that grow in this northern climate. Sneak a peek at our famous giant cabbages, beautiful peonies and stately delphiniums. Admission is $5. Call 907-474-7 222 for more information, or visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden website.
Self-guided tour, May 31 – Sept. 2, 2013: Daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Sustainable building techniques are on display at America’s only arctic housing research center. CCHRC is a private, nonprofit research center that addresses the challenges of building in the North. The facility showcases the latest energy-efficient building technologies, and researchers study building and energy systems in two research labs. Call 907-457-3454 for more information, or visit the Cold Climate Housing Research Center website.
Public tours: Second Thursday of every month. Check the updated schedule.
Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
See muskoxen, caribou and reindeer at the Large Animal Research Station. From Farmers Loop Road, turn onto Ballaine Road, then left on Yankovich Road. The station is on the right, one mile down the road. Viewing is available year-round from the parking area; binoculars are helpful. Call 907-474-5724 for more information, or visit the Large Animal Research Station website.
June 1 – Aug. 31, 2013 : Visitors’ area and gift shop open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
More things to see and do
While you are at UAF, you may be interested in visiting the bookstore, walking through Signers' Hall where the Alaska Constitution was signed, eating lunch at Wood Center or just wandering around. Check out some other things to see and do throughout the year.