• 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

For People Who Work With The Public

An Park Partner Interpreter speaks with a group of visitors to Denali, mountains are in the background.
An Interpreter shares his program with visitors to Denali.
NPS Photo / Kent Miller
 

Visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve meet a wide variety of Interpreters, whether they are called naturalists, guides, or group leaders, as well as business and community members when they come to the park on a trip. The people visitors encounter enrich their experience in and around Denali, helping to provide them with memories for a lifetime.

This page is designed to provide resources for group leaders, naturalists, hiking guides, hotel staff, drivers, raft guides, flightseeing pilots, Bed & Breakfast owners, and anyone else who may routinely work with visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve.

The resources on this page are a good place to start, but we also have many great resources found by partnering and working together to share ideas between different organizations. Please contact the park's Division of Interpretation (click on the email link for "General park information") with questions, comments, or ideas on how we can all work together to deepen visitor connections to this special place.

 

Celebrating the Wilderness Act

Congress passed the Wilderness Act in 1964, creating a legal definition for wilderness:

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
About a third of Denali is Congressionally-designated Wilderness. Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the act when guiding your guests and clients in Denali this year. Download our Wilderness Act Messaging Guide to:

  • Learn facts about Denali and Wilderness
  • Find suggested themes and messages to share with your guests
  • Learn how people have used this area over time
  • Get recommendations of books about wilderness
 
A beaver sitting in water chews on a stick.
A beaver gnaws on a twig.
NPS Photo / Kent Miller
 
 
Two interpreters sit at a desk with computers, discussing their programs.
Two naturalists work together to develop an Interpretive Program.
NPS Photo / Kent Miller
 
 
A view of fall colors, mountains, and sunny skies near a lake
A view of fall colors near Wonder Lake.
NPS Photo / Tim Rains
 
 

Training, Coaching, and Development Opportunities

Attend Denali "Resource Days" to learn about current scientific research in the park.

Check here for updates on training opportunities in Denali. Support materials from skill development courses will also be posted here. For questions about training, coaching, or other Interpretation skill development courses contact the park's Division of Interpretation.

 

Want to learn more about interpretation?

There are many resources available online to help develop interpretive skills. Explore online courses about creating interpretive programs. Skills gained through the courses help interpreters hone their skills whether presenting a talk, walk, hike, bus tour, or narrated plane flight.

The introductory course Foundations of Interpretation is free. Park Partners may receive a discount when selecting additional courses. Three courses are particularly useful for people working with the public: Informal Visitor Contacts, Conducted Activities (especially for those leading hikes) and Interpretive Talk.

This site is the result of an innovative partnership between the National Park Service Interpretative Development Program and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands of Indiana University.


Did You Know?

grizzly bear silhouetted against sky

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.