The Portage Valley Learning Center (PVLC) opened to the public in 2005. This multi-purpose classroom addition to the visitor center will be used primarily for educational programs by the conservation education staff, but the space will also provide opportunities for special events and other uses.
The addition of the classroom is not only an expansion of the building, but an expansion of possibility. The addition of the PVLC has allowed the education staff to revamp the conservation education program to include a visit to Portage Valley and the Chugach National Forest. From this idea, the Forest Ranger Academy was born.