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October 16, 2014
Denali National Park and Preserve Offering Distance Learning Programs
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 is offering free, interactive, distance learning programs to help classes learn about this special place and enhance existing curriculums.

October 16, 2014
Hearings Set for Sport Hunting Proposals
The National Park Service will hold 17 public hearings this fall on proposed regulations and environmental assessment related to sport hunting in Alaska’s national preserves. The proposals include prohibitions on taking wolf and coyote pups and adults in early summer when they den and their pelts have little commercial value; the taking of brown bears over bait stations; and the use of artificial light to take black bear cubs and sows with cubs at dens. Other procedural changes and wildlife harvest related changes are also proposed.

September 23, 2014
Denali Park Road to Temporarily Close for Utility Work on Friday, September 26
DENALI PARK, Alaska: The Denali Park Road will be closed to vehicle traffic on Friday, September 26 at Mile 3 in order for contractors to excavate and install sewer and water lines under the roadway.

September 18, 2014
Rangers Investigating Illegal Moose Kill in Denali National Park
During the evening of Sunday, September 14, the National Park Service was contacted by a hunter in the Stampede Trail area, reporting that two hunters had entered the park via an off road vehicle (ORV) and had shoot a moose within the park.

September 17, 2014
Denali National Park Seeking Input for Long Range Transportation Plan
The public is invited to an early stage scoping meeting on Denali National Park and Preserve’s Long Range Transportation Plan taking place on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm in the McKinley Village Community Center (Mile 230 Parks Highway). National Park Service planners will be seeking public input and providing information about the plan’s purpose, need, and process.

September 17, 2014
Denali Park Road Open to Mile 30 on September 17
Visitors can now drive private vehicles on the Denali Park Road as far as the Teklanika Rest Area at Mile 30, conditions permitting. As the weather can change rapidly at this time of the year, visitors are advised to call ahead for current road status.

September 08, 2014
Deadline for 2015 Denali Artist-in-Residence Applications is September 30
Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from accomplished artists and writers for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program, which expanded this year to include winter residencies.Applications for 2015 residencies must be submitted by September 30, 2014. A description of the online application process is at http://www.nps.gov/dena/historyculture/arts-program-apply.htm.

September 04, 2014
NPS Proposes Hunting Regulations in National Preserves
The National Park Service is proposing a permanent federal prohibition on three historically illegal predator hunting practices in Alaska’s national preserves.

September 03, 2014
National Park Service to Burn Debris Piles at Toklat and Kantishna
Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve are planning to burn two debris piles, one at the Toklat Road Camp (Mile 53 on the Denali Park Road) and the other in Kantishna at approximately Mile 91 (near the confluence of Eureka and Moose Creeks). The planned ignition dates are between Monday, September 8 to Friday, October 3, weather permitting.

August 28, 2014
Utility Replacement Project Underway at Denali Park Headquarters
Work has begun on a major project to replace and upgrade the underground utility systems at Denali National Park and Preserve headquarters. Construction crews and heavy equipment are operating in the area, and visitors and park employees are advised to heed warning signs/barricades and be alert for construction personnel and equipment.

August 18, 2014
Environmental Assessment on Replacement of Hotel Creek Bridge Available for Public Comment
The National Park Service is considering replacing two pedestrian bridges over Hotel Creek in the entrance area of Denali National Park and Preserve. This project would take place during the summer of 2015.

June 20, 2014
Unmanned Aircraft to be Prohibited in National Parks
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.

June 11, 2014
The American Alpine Club Partners with Federal Agencies and Outdoor Industry Leaders to Host the Sustainable Summits Conference
The American Alpine Club (AAC), in collaboration with Denali National Park, will present “Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices”, a once-in-a-decade gathering of key leaders in mountain management, conservation, and the outdoor industry. The AAC is hosting the event at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado from July 20 to 23, offering plenary sessions, panel discussions, vendor booths, and evening lectures, with a working field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park on July 24. The conference is designed to foster global partnerships and better inform land managers, NGO’s, climbers, and outdoor industry partners on issues related to environmental sustainability, the effects of climate change, access, and management of mountainous regions.

May 27, 2014
Kim Heacox to Speak About New John Muir Biography
Writer, photographer, and activist Kim Heacox will speak about his newest book, “John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America” on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm at the Denali Visitor Center.

March 18, 2014
Denali Winter Artists-in-Residence Arrive
The National Park Service has expanded the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program to include winter residencies on an ongoing basis, and the first two participants in this winter’s program will begin their residencies this week.

March 03, 2014
National Park Service Introduces Denali Science School
Registration is now open for Denali Science School, a new education program for Alaskan fifth and sixth-grade classes. Denali Science School will bring whole classrooms of students into Denali National Park and Preserve for overnight field trips in autumn 2014.

November 26, 2013
2014 Denali Bus and Campground Reservations Available on December 1
The transportation concessioner for Denali National Park and Preserve will begin accepting advance reservations for the 2014 visitor season for shuttle buses and the park’s four largest campgrounds on Sunday, December 1.

Did You Know?

close view of bearberry, a small red-colored plant

In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.