• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Camps

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Encourage your kids to look into one of Denali's various kids camps
NPS Photo / Nathan Kostegian
 
 

Denali Discovery Camp
If you're age 5 - 13 and live in the Denali Borough, this camp may be the highlight of your summer for many years! Denali Discovery Camp provides children from the Denali Borough School District with quality learning experiences through hands-on adventures and fun in the park. The camp curriculum focuses on sub-arctic ecology, the national park mission, and preservation and protection of park resources. Park researchers meet with groups of campers in the field to talk about ongoing research projects. Depending on their ages, participants spend one to three nights in the park during camp week. Discovery Camp is run as a partnership between the National Park Service through the Murie Science and Learning Center and the Denali Education Center.

Denali Backcountry Adventures

Are you a local who is now age 14 - 18? Denali Backcountry Adventures (DBA) is a week-long backpacking trip for high school students interested in exploring Denali's vast wilderness. DBA is open to students entering high school (9th-12th grades). In DBA, students learn the backpacking, camping and teamwork skills needed to take on larger expeditions. They also have opportunities to interact with park researchers, mountaineers, and wildlife managers depending on the year, and to learn what it takes to manage the wilderness that we all enjoy in Denali. DBA is a partnership program of Denali Education Center and the National Park Service through the Murie Science & Learning Center.

Denali-Susitna Exploration Camp
Exploration Camp offers middle and high-school students from the Northern Susitna Valley the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural history of the Denali area. Depending on the year, students help Denali trail crews with dirt work, assist park archaeologists with excavations, or help teach younger community members about local plants, animals and geology. Denali-Susitna Exploration Camp is run as a partnership between the Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District and the National Park Service through the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Family Field Courses and Camps

Each summer, Alaska Geographic offers field courses designed specifically for families and youth. Visit the current field course listing and call or email for more information on which courses are youth and family-focused.


 

Did You Know?

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Denali is home to both black bears and grizzly (brown) bears. Black bears inhabit the forested areas of the park, while grizzly bears mainly live on the open tundra. Almost all bears seen by visitors along the Park Road are grizzlies.