The Science of Sled Dogs
Denali National Park and Preserve hosts the US government's only dog-sled team. It can be hard to get here, but you can bring Denali into your classroom instead!
The education staff at Denali can visit your classroom for free via the internet if your school has the ability to use Skype. Using a videoconferencing connection, our rangers will spend an hour teaching your class about Denali's amazing natural resources using interactive lessons and activities.
Pre-conference activity takes about 1 hour, Skype conference runs 50 - 60 minutes
- Denali Sled Dogs - Teacher Guide
- Denali Sled Dogs - Student Reading
- Denali Sled Dogs - Post-activity
- "Winter Patrol" - Short video clip
Many of our other videos and interactive features are worth sharing with your classroom. Check out our panoramic images to get a taste of what being in the park is like.
Meet Denali's Sled Dogs
NPS Web Rangers
Alaska Dog Mushers Association
D is for Dog Team: Alaska Acrostics from A-Z, by Ken Waldman. 2009. Nomadic Press, Anchorage, AK. ISBN-10: 978-0-9816758-1-7.
Dog Sled Wisdom, by Tricia Brown, illustrations by Tom Nixon. 2006. Epicenter Press, Kenmore, WA. ISBN: 0-9745014-5-X.
Running with the Big Dogs: A Sled Dog Puppy Grows Up in Denali National Park, by Lori Yanuchi, illustrated by Wendy Brown. 1998. Ridge Rock Press, Healy, AK. ISBN: 0-9670177-0-X.
Sled Dogs of Denali National Park, by Karen Fortier. 2002. Alaska natural History Association, Anchorage, AK. ISBN: 0-930931-37-8.
How to Participate
Registration begins October 15, 2012. Spaces are limited and registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by downloading this form, filling it out, and emailing it to us (preferable) or sending it via fax or mail.
Schedule for fall 2012 school year:
Note: Please be aware that Alaska is in the Alaska Time Zone and follows daylight savings time changes. Programs cannot start any earlier than 9 a.m. in the Alaska Time Zone, which means programs for schools in Eastern Time cannot start before 1 p.m., Central Time 12 noon, Mountain Time 11 a.m., and Pacific Time 10 a.m. Please consider this when listing your available times on the registration form.
- Grade Levels:
- Third Grade-Fifth Grade
- Biology: Animals, Climate, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Transportation
- National/State Standards:
- National Science Education Standards/Framework
LS3.A Inheritance of Traits
LS3.B: Variation of Traits
- sled dogs, dogs, adaptations, sub-arctic, cold, fur, countercurrent circulation, circulatory system