Park Ranger Programs

Whether you seek a short interaction or plan to fill multiple days attending these programs, park rangers are here to help you understand, appreciate and take care of your park. Programs are typically offered from late May or early June until mid-September. Specific dates are at the bottom of this page.

With the exception of Discovery Hikes and the Kantishna Experience Tour, all ranger hikes, sled dog demonstrations, campground programs and other talks in Denali are free and do not require you to sign up in advance. Discovery Hikes are technically free, but will likely require you to purchase a bus ticket and you must sign up for them in advance.
 
Hike with a Ranger
Each summer, Denali rangers lead a variety of walks and hikes. In some programs, the group hikes on trails, while others - our off-trail "Discovery Hikes" - occur in the wilderness and are comparatively more difficult.


Sit with a Ranger
Ranger talks are offered throughout the park. Ranger talks in park campgrounds and visitor centers are a good way to learn more about the park. You should also take in one of our sled dog demonstrations, where a ranger chats about the history and purpose of sled dogs in Denali before hopping on a sled to do a loop around


Ride with a Ranger
Twice a day in peak season (June 8 - mid-September), rangers join visitors who are on a Kantishna Experience Tour. The ranger joins you at Wonder Lake and is with you for a few hours in the middle of your bus trip.


Other Naturalist and Education Programs

Our partner non-profit association, Alaska Geographic, also offers a variety of programs for visitors. Other than field courses, these programs occur at the Murie Science and Learning Center.

  • Evening speaker series - 7 pm science presentations, multiple evenings per week from late May through early September
  • Side of Science series - 12 pm lunchtime presentations or short films with a park science focus, daily from June through August
  • Field courses - Multi-day, hands-on field courses instructed by park scientists and talented educators, June through September
 
2015 Ranger Programs: Start Dates and Frequency of Offerings


Most programs begin on June 1, though some begin earlier or later, as indicated below. Duration and other details about each of these programs can be found on the relevant webpage for each program type, as linked below.

Notes: Programs entail being at the proper location at the times indicated. Getting to the kennels typically involves arriving at the Denali Visitor Center 45 minutes before a sled dog demo begins. Programs at Eielson Visitor Center require a shuttle bus trip of roughly four hours, so choose a departure that gets you to the facility before a given program is set to begin. Programs conclude in mid-September, exact dates TBD.

Time
Program Name
Frequency
Location
8 am
Discovery Hike
Daily, starting June 8
Varies
10 am
Nature Walk
Daily, starting June 1
Denali Visitor Center
10 am
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, starting May 20
Park Kennels*
10:30 am
Karstens Theater Program
Daily, starting June 1
Denali Visitor Center
12 pm
Alpine Hike
Daily, starting June 1
Eielson Visitor Center*
1 pm
Hike to the Park Kennels
Daily, starting June 1
Denali Visitor Center
1 pm
Eielson Stroll
Daily, starting June 1
Eielson Visitor Center*
2 pm
Karstens Theater Program
Daily, starting June 1
Denali Visitor Center
2 pm
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, starting May 15
Park Kennels*
4 pm
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, starting June 1
Park Kennels*
7:30 pm
Riley Creek Campground Program
Weekends, starting May 15;
daily, starting June 1
Riley Creek Campground
7:30 pm
Savage River Campground Program
Weekends, starting May 15;
daily, starting June 1
Savage River Campground
7:30 pm
Teklanika River Campground
Daily, starting May 20
Teklanika River Campground
7:30 pm
Wonder Lake Campground
Daily, starting June 8
Wonder Lake Campground




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