Wednesday the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center celebrated an update to its exhibits.

The AAPLIC, run by the National Park Service, offers visitors a place to discover more about public lands in the state. The redesigned space incorporates interactive stations where people can learn more about Alaska's vast public spaces.

"You definitely get a sense of scale when you actually go through the exhibit here," said Clarence Wadkins, the chief of interpretation at AAPLIC. "When visitors get the opportunity to look at this again it provides them the chance to actually identify what they want to do on their next journey. What I hope the youth gain from this is, 'wow! Look at what there is out here I want to go and see this place.'"

The old exhibits at AAPLIC were first installed in 1987. The $1.7 million dollar upgrade was funded from park fees and took four years to complete.

A special opening just for local Alaskans is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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