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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Ranger Talks - Campground and Theater Programs

Evening Campground Programs

Come to learn about anything from glaciers to grizzlies during these informal, 30 to 45 minute programs. Weekly topics are listed on bulletin boards throughout the park.

All campground programs begin at 7:30 pm. Programs are first offered in Riley, Savage and Tek in late May. Wonder Lake programs begin June 8, each year. The final campground programs are in mid-September. Specific program descriptions and titles are available every Thursday, for the ensuing week.
 
Theater Programs

Located in the Denali Visitor Center, the Karstens Theater is normally the venue for "Heartbeats of Denali," the twenty-minute long park film. Twice a day in mid-summer, however, we offer interpretive programs - often featuring beautiful images of the park - in the Karstens Theater.

To attend a program, simply arrive at the Denali Visitor Center (mile 1.5) a few minutes before the program is set to begin. Programs are offered at 9:00 am daily and 2:00 pm daily. Programs are offered from early June through mid-September each year.

Topics vary from the very specific (e.g., bears or other wildlife) to the general (e.g., sustainable living), but all connect to the greater themes found in the story of Denali National Park and Preserve.

The programs run about 45 minutes, and are followed by a showing of "Heartbeats of Denali." Daily theater programs are made possible through the support of Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.

 
Upcoming Campground Programs

Day Riley Creek
Savage River
Teklanika River
Wonder Lake
Thursday, 8/21
Ranger Ellen Grover
Owl Magic
no program
Ranger Cinnamon Dockham Denali Rocks! Ranger Kara Lewandowski
Porcupines!
Friday, 8/22 Ranger Nicolette Riggins
Tiny Terrors in the Tundra
Ranger Ellen Grover Owl Magic Ranger Drew Strickert
Bears and Wolves: Weighing Wilderness Values
Ranger Kara Lewandowski
To Swat or Not
Saturday, 8/23 Ranger Drew Strickert
Bears and Wolves: Weighing Wilderness Values
Ranger Nicolette Riggins Tiny Terrors in the Tundra Ranger Cassie Branstetter Living off the Land Ranger Andy Keller
Denali and Alaska's Conservation Lands: Last Frontier or Lasting Frontier?
Sunday, 8/24 Ranger Cassie Branstetter Living off the Land Ranger Emily DeLanzo Whose Poop's on my Boots? Ranger Jerri Roberts
A Year in the Life of a Moose
Ranger Andy Keller
Glaciers, Climate, and You
Monday, 8/25 Ranger Emily Lester
Willful Survival: Adaptations of the Grizzly
no program
Ranger Jessica Drain Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears Ranger Andy Keller
Our Wilderness Heritage
Tuesday, 8/26 PT Lathrop
One for the Money, Two for the Chew: Rodents
no program
Ranger Jake McCommons The Resilient Wolf Ranger Andy Keller
The Life of a Ranger
Wednesday, 8/27 Ranger Cinnamon Dockham Denali Rocks! no program
Ranger Peter Dally Bird Beaks are Tools Ranger Kara Lewandowski Porcupines!
Thursday, 8/28 Ranger Peter Dally
Bird Beaks are Tools
no program
Ranger Lauren Gomes Fishless? Ranger Kara Lewandowski Mosquitoes: To Swat or Not

 
Upcoming Theater Programs

Day Morning Program
Afternoon Program
Thursday, 8/21
Ranger Jake McCommons
The Resilient Wolf
Ranger Jerri Roberts
Moose: Giants of the Boreal Forest
Friday, 8/22 Ranger Jessica Drain
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Ranger Nicolette Riggins
Born to be Wild
Saturday, 8/23 Ranger Peter Dally
Sustainable Forces in Nature
Ranger Drew Strickert
Where the Wild Things are
Sunday, 8/24 Ranger Kathy Gross
Celebrate Your Wilderness
Ranger Emily DeLanzo
Denali Beneath Your Feet
Monday, 8/25 Ranger Nicolette Riggins
Born to be Wild
Ranger Emily Lester
Frozen Fossils from Ice Ages Past: Glaciers
Tuesday, 8/26 Ranger Bill Reynolds
River Monsters of Denali
Ranger Cassie Branstetter
How to Raise a Family in Denali
Wednesday, 8/27 Ranger Jerri Roberts
Moose: Giants in the Boreal Forest
Ranger Jessica Drain
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Thursday, 8/28 Ranger PT Lathrop
The Awesome Gnawsome: Rodents of Denali
Ranger Emily Lester
Frozen Fossils of Ice Ages Past: Glaciers

Did You Know?

close view of Arnica, a small yellow flower

Over 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and others grace the slopes and valleys of Denali.