Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Take the Kids or Your Summer Visitors on a Field Trip this Summer in the KMTA

May 16, 2019

Take a Field Trip While Enjoying All That the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area Has to Offer!

Boundary of the KMTA Corridor


While traveling the KMTA Corridor this summer, take the time to learn something new about your Heritage Area. Check out these new interpretive signs, monuments, and murals recognizing the impressive stories of Alaska’s past, funded in-part by KMTA community grants.

Whittier Earthquake Monument – Spearheaded by the Prince William Sound Museum, this project transformed a 13-ton rock, donated by Alaska Railroad, into a monument commemorating the 1964 Earthquake and its devastating impact to the community of Whittier. Located at the east end of the downtown waterfront.

Girdwood Children's Mural

Girdwood Community Mural – Created by the Children’s Fine Arts Camp and located at the Children’s Park in town center.

Trail Lakes Hatchery Visitor Center – A new interpretive video system showcases films related to hatchery operations and the importance of sustainable salmon populations in the Cook Inlet Region, enabling self-guided tours of the hatchery.

Moose Pass Library Exhibit – Housed in the newly remodeled library (previously the Moose Pass Fire Station), 5 interpretive panels tell the story of this small town. Originally a kids’ history assignment, this project grew to include conversation with the entire community. Hundreds of photos were shared and compiled into a digital slide presentation available at the exhibit.


Alaska Aviation Mural in Seward– A tribute to pioneer and aviation enthusiast Pat Williams, this new mural highlights historical aviation events of Seward. Created by artist Jennifer Headtke and the Seward Mural Society, it is located on the wall of 5th Ave Fitness, across from Seward City Hall.

City of Seward Waterfront Park – Seven new interpretive signs line this handicap-accessible, paved trail and educate visitors about diverse themes, including: The Founding of Seward, Railroad Days, Fishing Industry, Marine Mammals, Salmon Cycle, Tides, Birds, Mount Alice, and the 1964 Earthquake.

Iditarod Mile 1.5 Mural in Seward, Alaska

Seward Iditarod Mural – created by artist Jason Leslie as a colorful tribute to sled dog culture and the National Historic Iditarod Trail, located on the Seavey Ididaride building.

There’s More!

In addition to all these new interpretive signs, murals and monuments there are several museums worth checking out as well including:

Check Out the KMTA Historical Videos

A few years ago, with the help of a KMTA grant, some students created some historical videos about the KMTA Corridor area. Even if you have lived in Alaska your whole life I bet there will be something you learn! Check them out here.

Download the Alaska App

You can also download the Alaska App to your phone. Included on the app are KMTA Audio Guides! Once you have downloaded the app select Guidebook>Audio Guides>KMTA National Heritage Area Guide. In addition to the audio guides the Alaska App has all sorts to offer as you plan your trips around our great state!  Enjoy!