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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. Using Zoom or Skype videoconferencing connections, Denali becomes just a click away. Once connected, 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, Zoom/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.


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
sled dogs, dogs, adaptations, sub-arctic, cold, fur, countercurrent circulation, circulatory system
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