Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Denali National Park & Preserve is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
In December 2012, Denali education rangers teleported themselves via Skype into 3rd 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. Over three weeks the two rangers Skyped with almost 1,000 students in 13 states. Based on this success, Denali plans to offer distance learning programs from November through January on an annual basis. Read more
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
Composer Erik DeLuca works with students from the Denali- Nenana Borough School District to interpret the winter soundscape of Denali. Read more
Nine Alaskan artists unveiled works of art inspired by wildfire, fire management, and fire science at “In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire” exhibit that opened at the Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center For the Arts, Fairbanks, Alaska August 3, 2012. The exhibit will display during gallery hours, noon-8 p.m. daily through Sept. 3. Read more
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.