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The Science of Sled Dogs

Five Alaskan huskies pulling a sled, ranger, in winter
Sled dogs on patrol, near Wonder Lake
NPS Photo / Jacob W. Frank

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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 staff will spend an hour teaching your class about Denali's amazing natural resources using interactive lessons and activities.

 
Program length:

Pre-conference activity takes about 1 hour, Skype conference runs 50 - 60 minutes

Program resources:


Additional resources:

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

Iditarod Race

Print Resources:

  • 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 on October 1st. 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 using the address on the form (preferable) or sending it via fax or mail.

Our free, interactive presentations are available annually from early November through mid-March (with breaks around some major holidays).

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.


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Subject:
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

LS4.C: Adaptations
Keywords:
sled dogs, dogs, adaptations, sub-arctic, cold, fur, countercurrent circulation, circulatory system
type:
Distance Learning

7 Reviews

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    "WOW!!!!!"

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    Has good vocab, makes me want to read more, is clear to understand, makes me want to go there!

    Comments

    WOW!!!!! I want to show this to my 4th grade teacher. This is amazing. 1 word AMAZING!!!!!!

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    "Incredible Learning Opportunity"

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    Excellent lesson completely done for the teacher. Highly engaging, interesting, and informative. Our best distance learning yet!

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    none

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    "Fun with Dog Sledding"

    Pros

    The entire process was fantastic. They have a pre-skype lesson and a post-skype lesson laid out for teachers.

    Cons

    My students wished they could have seen a few of the dogs!

    Comments

    Over a fantastic program. My students (and I) learned tons about dog sledding.

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    "Dog Sledding"

    Pros

    Someone who is actually involved in the program that has first hand knowledge. Great materials

    Cons

    This time it was hard to hear or be heard.

    Comments

    Another great program. I will be adding the two we joined - Meet an Alaskan and Dog-Sledding to my yearly instruction. I do not understand your ratings above as only one has a title of creativity and innovations. What are the other ones? Anyway it was all good. Thank you.

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    "3rd Grade Sled Dog Skype"

    Pros

    Very informative, great personality, presenter knew the material, all activities (pre, during, and post) were fabulous

    Cons

    Make sure it is clear that all participants read over the material so that they can have everything on hand (we did, but I wouldn't have if I didn't read over everything)

    Comments

    Fantastic Skype lesson! This was by far one of the most interactive ones I have ever participated in. I have been raving about it to my administrators. My students really enjoyed everything and learning about the sled dogs (especially because we live in Florida). Thank you.

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    "FABULOUS!"

    Pros

    Presentation was very informative, interactive, and kept the children engaged!

    Comments

    Our 46 fourth-graders had an excellent experience during our SKYPE visit with Laura! Thank you so much!! Highly recommend this program!

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    "Awesome Experience"

    Pros

    The program was amazing for our third graders. They had some background knowledge about dog teams from our study of the Iditarod, so they were able to learn about the adaptations of sled dogs and then compare Denali's teams to Iditarod teams! They LOVED it!

    Cons

    They would have loved to "meet" a dog through the session!

    Comments

    I hope we can get in again next year! Thanks for a wonderful experience!

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