Success Stories from Alaska

The NPS Centennial has many goals for the National Park Service. Some apply across over 400 parks in the system, while others are specific actions for certain locations. In Alaska, we're working on many of the goals and have made several accomplishments. These Success Stories highlight several of the goals and the creativity that the goals have encouraged. We'll be adding more items throughout 2015, so check back often.

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Science School Bring Students to Denali to Explore and Learn

    a ranger points to a thermometer while a girl writes the temperature

    During the fall of 2015, the Murie Science and Learning Center is bringing Alaskan fifth and sixth-grade classes into Denali on three-day, overnight field trips. During Denali Science School, students learn about how park rangers use science to protect and showcase this special place. The students conduct investigations, participate in discussions and collaborative activities, play games, hike, and grow as individuals by experiencing new and exciting things. Read more

  • Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

    The Park Documents the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Connections to the Wrangell-St. Elias

    Ocean with Hubbard Glacier and surrounding snowy mountains

    An ehtnographic study was recently completed that documents the Yakutat Tlingit tribe connections to the park. Read more

  • Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

    Park Partners with Local Tribe to Document their Connections to the Park

    Spruce Grouse sitting in the middle of a dirt road with mountains in the distance

    This report documents the connections to Wrangell-St. Elias and the Upper Ahtna people. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Alaskan Students Spend a Week Job-Shadowing in Denali

    Students use a radio antenna to search for a wolf collar with a park ranger

    In September 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve offered local teens a behind-the-scenes tour of their own backyard. During the Intensives program, 50 8th and 9th grade students from Susitna Valley High School spent three days exploring why Denali is so special. The students shadowed many types of rangers, and in doing so, experienced first-hand the challenges of managing this spectacular and complex place. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Local School visits Glacier Bay

    Students and overnight gear on a beach

    Students from kindergarten to high school explored the park in their backyard--some even spending the night. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Cannery Youth Fly to Find Their Park in Glacier Bay

    Youth weave baskets out of paper

    This "Art in the Park" program in Glacier Bay have youth making baskets and then walking through the park to identify and pick edible wild berries. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Investigating the Park in their own Backyard

    Students identify a trout using a field guide

    Youth of all ages love to identify wildlife that they have discovered using guide books in the field. These experiences will produce a new generation of adults interested in the natural world of National Parks. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Birding Lessons in Hoonah

    Person using tweezers to pull apart an owl pellet.

    For the past 5 years, rangers from Glacier Bay have been flying over to engage the students of Hoonah with a variety of lessons focusing on the native plants and animals of Glacier Bay. Read more

  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    Art For Parks

    An artist speaks to students at a table of art supplies.

    "Art for Parks" Connects Local Students to Kenai Fjords National Park. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Students receive a ticket to ride to discover Denali National Park and Preserve

    A group of students and instructors smiling while riding a bus

    In August and September of 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted two separate programs that brought students from the local community and across the state into the park for hands-on experiential learning experiences. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Murie Science and Learning Center Program of Research Fellowships

    Two man stand on a grassy hillside taking a picture with a camera on a tripod

    The National Park Service is committed to supporting the professional development of young scientists. The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC), located within and operated by Denali National Park and Preserve, achieves this goal by providing financial support for graduate students through its Program of Research Fellowships. The Fellowships are available to students conducting research in any of Alaska's eight northern national parks. Read more

  • Kenai Fjords National Park


    The 2014 staff of YCC's and GS-3 seasonal park guides.

    A new program at Kenai Fjords gives local youth a chance to find a career with the NPS. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali’s Bug Bioblitz provided chances for active learning and scientific discoveries

    Park ranger smiles as she watches a child looking into a magnifying box

    In July, 2014, seven arthropod researchers from across the United States journeyed to Denali National Park and Preserve to take part in the Park's first ever "Bug Bioblitz". The goals of this citizen science event were to increase our knowledge about insect diversity in Denali and to engage the public in research side-by-side with scientists. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Provides a Week of Learning and Job Shadowing to Local High School Students

    A researcher stands with a group of students around a tripod

    In late August, 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted a week-long “Intensive” learning program for all 57 high school students in the Denali Borough. Students spent the week engaged – hands-on – in the complexities of how and why the National Park Service works to preserve and protect Denali. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Safety Leaders at Glacier Bay!

    Glacier Bay staff are safety professionals.

    Glacier Bay empowers employees to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management and to embrace safety as part of their professional identitity. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Glacier Bay Visits Texas...and 20 other states!

    Ranger Emma shares Glacier Bay with Texas...and 20 other states

    Glacier Bay National Park takes Alaska "on the road" with our engaging distance learning classes. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    From the Top of North America to Your Classroom

    children reacting with excitement

    Every winter, Denali education rangers teleport themselves into 1st through 6th grade classrooms across the United States to present fun, standards-based science lessons on sled dog adaptations and the geology of Mt. McKinley. The educators reach thousands of students in dozens of states per year. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Music Festival 2012

    The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival String Orchestra performs.

    Denali celebrates the first ever Denali Music Festival in partnership with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Denali Arts and Humanities Alliance. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Sonic Portraits: Winter Soundscapes of Denali

    Listening to the

    Composer Erik DeLuca works with students from the Denali- Nenana Borough School District to interpret the winter soundscape of Denali. Read more

  • Noatak National Preserve

    Keeping the Arctic Backcountry Pristine Takes Some Work

    helicopter sits next to discarded, 1970s-era fuel pod

    12,000 pounds of high-grade aluminum recycled by sling-loading abandoned fuel pods, discarded by jets in the 1970s, out of the backcountry of the Western Arctic National Parklands (Kobuk Valley National Park, Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Noatak National Preserve). Read more

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Last Updated: March 31, 2015