Tour UAF 2015-2016

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!

About the Fairbanks campus and area

The 2,250-acre Fairbanks campus, located near the center of Alaska, offers limitless opportunities for activity and recreation. Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, sits on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska.
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Construction on campus

Projects will affect roads, parking and pedestrian access. Here are a few tips for parking on the Fairbanks campus this summer. 

Geophysical Institute

Visit this world-renowned institute, where scientists study everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the sun. Free.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 907-474-7558
  • Days & times: June 1-Aug. 19: Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Elvey Bldg. lobby

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Enjoy gorgeous and extensive gardens and see the variety of plants that grow in this northern climate. $5 requested donation.

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  • Phone: 907-474-7222
  • Days & times: May 30-Sept. 7: Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

International Arctic Research Center

Arctic climate change affects the world. Learn more about research on the Arctic system and global climate change. Free.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 907-474-1584
  • Days & times: June 1-Aug. 31: Reservations required

Poker Flat Research Range

Tour the largest land-based rocket research range in the world and the only high-latitude rocket range in the U.S. Free.

Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station

Learn about muskoxen, caribou and reindeer, and maybe even see them in person. Free year-round viewing from parking area (bring binoculars). Fee for guided tour.

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  • Phone: 907-474-5724
  • Tours: 
    • June 1-Aug. 11*, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
    • Aug. 16-30, Tues., Thurs., Sat.,10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning events

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning offers 250 courses and hosts many events throughout the summer, including special guest lectures and concerts. For more information call 474-7021 or visit the Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning website

UA Museum of the North

Discover millions of years of biodiversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions at one of Alaska’s premier visitor attractions. Free admission to all University of Alaska students. Entry fee for all others.

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  • Phone: 907-474-7505
  • Days & times:
    • June 1-Aug. 31: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Sept. 1-May 31: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Virtual Tour

Walking tour

Visitors and prospective students can see UAF in person on student-led, 90-minute tours. Sign up early so we can plan the best experience or take a virtual tour. Free.

  • Web:
  • Phone:
    • 907-474-7500
    • 800-478-1823
  • Days & times: All year: Weekdays, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Signers’ Hall lobby. Closed for major holidays.*

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.

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