The Sitka Sound Science Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is based in Sitka, Alaska - the only full-service community on the outer coast of Southeast Alaska. The Sitka Sound Science Center is uniquely qualified to provide unparalleled access for research and education programs in the Gulf of Alaska, Eastern Pacific Ocean, and North American Coastal Temperate Rainforests. The Science Center builds upon Sitka's legacy as a research and educational community. Sitka has a maritime tradition and commercial, charter, sport, and subsistence fishing all still play vital roles in the economy and culture of the community. Sitka also has ample opportunities for outreach and education. In addition to offering local K-12 and university education, Sitka is visited by approximately 200,000 tourists every summer.
OAR is our feature program at the SSSC Field Station. This program allows researchers to study one or several diverse environments including the marine, temperate rainforest, and alpine ecosystems found right outside our front and back doors at SSSC.
We have a Cooperative Ecosystem Service (CESU) Agreement with several federal agencies within Alaska, which include the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey, and many others.