Denali National Park Offering Distance Learning Programs
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Denali National Park and Preserve is an environment of extreme temperatures, tall mountains, glacial landscapes, and more. As it may be difficult, if not impossible, for most teachers and students to come to the park, the National Park Service has created new free, interactive, distance learning programs to help classes learn about this special place and enhance existing curriculums.
Denali education rangers will teleport themselves via Skype into 3rd – 6th grade classrooms to present fun, standards-based science lessons on sled dog adaptations and the geology of Mt. McKinley. They are also offering a new program for K-12th grade classrooms, where students explore and discover what it is like to live and work in Denali National Park and Preserve and Alaska.This is an informal question and answer session that allows for a variety of topics to be discussed. The programs are available Monday – Friday, beginning November 4 through January 31, 2014.Registration is now open, and forms for scheduling groups and teaching materials are posted on the web at http://www.nps.gov/dena/forteachers/learning/index.htm. Programs are designed to meet national teaching standards.
·The Science of Sled Dogs - Grades 3-5Students explore adaptations that make Denali's sled dogs well-suited to living and working in subarctic winter conditions.
·Denali: The High One (Geology of the Mountain) - Grades 4-6Students explore the dynamic geologic processes that have created the tallest mountain in North America.
·Ask an Alaskan:Living and Working in Denali – Grades K-12
Students explore and discover about life in Alaska and many various topics in this informal question and answer session.
For questions and additional information, contact the park's education staff at DENA_education@nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.