Alaska Whale Foundation (AWF) is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Alaska’s marine mammals and their habitat through direct conservation actions, inspired research and engaging education programs.  Established in 1996, members of the AWF team include biologists, educators, naturalists and licensed captains that have been working in Southeast Alaska since the early 1980s. 

COLLABORATION - AWF has works closely with numerous national and international, federal, state and private institutions, and is a key player in the NOAA/NMFS Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network. 

EDUCATION -  AWF provides funding and formal mentorship to graduate students.  As well, AWF participates in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduate program and regularly invites students from around the world to participate in field work. 

OUTREACH - AWF has a long-standing tradition of reaching out to the public to educate them on important conservation issues.  Members regularly conduct presentations aboard cruise ships and chartered vessels, and in local communities around Southeast Alaska.  AWF reaches a larger audience through partnerships with film production teams at National Geographic, BBC, IMAX, Discovery Channel and ABC.  The interpretive component at CREC will be an exciting extension of these efforts.