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Teacher Scholarships Available for Summer Courses in Denali

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Date: April 23, 2007
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583

The Murie Science and Learning Center is awarding full scholarships to teachers for select 2007 teacher training and field seminar courses in Denali National Park and Preserve. These field-based experiential courses are small group intensives that expose teachers to science, research, and educational opportunities using the Denali ecosystem as their classroom. Most courses are three days in length. Participants stay at a remote field camp in Denali and explore the park by vehicle and hiking excursions. Professional development credit (1-3) is available through the University of Alaska-Anchorage and the University of Alaska-Southeast.

The Murie Science and Learning Center has been offering Denali-based courses for teachers since 2003. In 2006, a teacher training course studying dinosaurs made a discovery of the largest theropod track ever found in Denali, almost 21 inches long.

To apply or find additional information visit the Murie Science and Learning Center website at www.murieslc.org or call (907) 683-1269. The application deadline is Monday, May 28. The courses available for the 2007 Scholarships are listed below:

Teacher Trainings:

Using iMovie to Capture Interest in Science- June 25-27
World of Wolves- July 9-11
Denali Dinosaurs- July 16-18
Science Writing- July 19-22

Field Seminars:

Denali Fault/Nenana Canyon: Geology Exploration, June 9-10
Denali’s Large Mammals, June 22-24
Dall Sheep and their Predators, June 29 – July 1
The Science of Fly-Fishing, July 13-15
Denali Field Journaling, August 3-5
Geology of Denali, August 10-12
Family Field Seminar, August 13-15

The Murie Science and Learning Center is a collaborative effort of the National Park Service with several non-governmental partners. The center’s mission is to provide research, discovery, and learning opportunities within northern Alaska National Parks to promote understanding, appreciation and caring for our national and cultural heritage.

Did You Know?

an arctic ground squirrel on its hind legs

Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.