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Visitor Information & Tours

Geophysical Institute
Elvey Building, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2156 N Koyukuk Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775
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8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; closed weekends and holidays

Elvey Building


On weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. parking permits are necessary to park your vehicle on the UAF campus. Visitors will find metered parking spots available in front of the Elvey Building.  

In addition, hourly, daily and weekly passes are available for purchase at kiosks in each parking lot. For more information click the links below.

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Join a free guided summer tour:

The Geophysical Institute offers free public summer tours! Learn about the GI, its giant satellite antennas and how world-class researchers study everything from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Sun. The tour takes about 1.5 hours. No registration required. Stops include the Alaska Satellite Facility, Alaska Earthquake Center, Wilson Alaska Technical Center and Alaska Center for UAS Integration (ACUASI). 

The ideal age range for tours is ~12 through adult. Contact or 907-474-7558 for more information, or visit the UAF Geophysical Institute Facebook page.

Tour dates: Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

Poker Flat Research Range is also holding free summer walking tours. Join to learn about the exciting science that happens at the range and see some of the facilities, including the Blockhouse and the launch pads. Walking tours start at 2 p.m. and last about 2 hours. The gate opens about 1:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations required. Visit for more information.

Tour dates: May 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11, 25; August 1, 15 and 29 (alternate Thursdays)


Explore the GI on your own:

Can't attend a guided tour? Check out these other options for exploring the Geophysical Institute:

Geophysical Institute – Indoor Walking Tour (self-guided)

Take a self-guided tour of the Geophysical Institute in the Elvey Building at your own pace. Download the self-guided tour pamphlet or pick up a paper copy onsite. The Elvey Building is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and closed on holidays.

Geophysical Institute – Outdoor Walking Tour (self-guided)

Looking for something to do outside? Come to the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and check out the GI's free outdoor walking tour. See a rocket, satellite dishes, the Planet Walk and more! For the full tour, visit

Planet Walk (self-guided)

Take an out-of-this-world stroll along the UAF Planet Walk! This 1:4.4 billion scale model of the solar system will take you on a little less than one mile walk through our solar system. The Planet Walk begins at the west end of Yukon Drive, near the intersection with Koyukuk Drive.

Learn more and download the Planet Walk scavenger hunt here:

Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) – short video

Watch a short video about how the University of Alaska Fairbanks drone research technology is helping monitor infrastructure and support rural Alaska communities.