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 campground bulletin boards.

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 10:30 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

Campground programs are planned a week in advance, and details are posted here each Thursday.

Programs start at 7:30 in each campground, and last around 45 minutes. Evenings when there are no programs at Riley Creek generally coincide with talks offered at the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Campground programs in 2015 conclude on Wednesday, 9/16, except at Wonder Lake, where things wrap up one day earlier.

Date Riley Creek
Savage River
Tek River
Wonder Lake
Thu 9/10
Ranger Jasa
Pika Perfect: Denali’s Collared Pika
Ranger Brice
How High can you Climb?
Ranger Lori
The Wilderness of Denali: What’s it to You?
Ranger Kate
Beavers: Builders Extraordinaire
Fri 9/11
Ranger Jori
Cold: A Driving Force in Denali
Ranger JasaPika Perfect: Denali’s Collared Pika Ranger Jordan
The Clean Mountain
Ranger Kate
Beavers: Builders Extraordinaire
Sat 9/12
7pm at the Murie Science and Learning Center: Artist-in-Residence Presentation by David Rosenthal Ranger Doris
Big News: Dinosaurs in Denali!
Ranger Cassie
Steal the Sun: Ravens in Myth and Nature
Ranger Kate
Moose and Energy
Sun 9/13
Ranger Doris
Big News: Dinosaurs in Denali!
Ranger Cassie
Steal the Sun: Ravens in Myth and Nature
Ranger Jessica
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Ranger Kate
Evening Plant Walk
Mon 9/14
Ranger Jake
The Resilient Wolf
Volunteer Liz
Who Gives a Hoot about Owls?
Ranger Clara
Sled Dogs: True Heroes of the Wilderness
Ranger Andy
Glaciers, Climate and You
Tue 9/15
Ranger Jen
Did we get it wrong with our last chance to get it right? A Crucial Conversation about Conservation
Ranger Clara
Sled Dogs: True Heroes of the Wilderness
Ranger Ana
Winter is Coming: Adapt or Die
Ranger Andy
Denali and Alaska’s Conservation Lands: Last Frontier of Lasting Frontier?
Wed 9/16
Ranger Bill
The Lynx: Denali’s Wild Cat
Volunteer Liz
Who Gives a Hoot about Owls?
Ranger Jasa
Pika Perfect: Denali’s Collared Pika
No program




 
Upcoming Theater Programs

Theater programs are planned a week at a time, and details are available here. Programs occur twice a day in the theater of the Denali Visitor Center, and last around 45 minutes. When a ranger program isn't occurring, the park film plays on the hour and half-hour.

Date 10:30 am Program
2:00 pm Program
Thu 9/10
Ranger Jen
Mt. McKinley: A Refuge from the Ravages of War
Ranger Lori
Denali Park: 99 Years in the Making
Fri 9/11
Ranger Lynn
Ask An Alaskan
Ranger Jordan
The Clean Mountain
Sat 9/12
Ranger Danielle
A Year in Denali
Ranger Doris
Big News: Dinosaurs in Denali!
Sun 9/13
Ranger Lori
Denali Park: 99 Years in the Making
Ranger Cassie
Steal the Sun: Ravens in Myth and Nature
Mon 9/14
Ranger Jordan
The Clean Mountain
Ranger Jessica
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Tue 9/15
Ranger Jake
The Resilient Wolf
Ranger Emily
Frozen Fossils from Ice Age’s Past: Glaciers
Wed 9/16
Ranger Lynn
Ask an Alaskan
Ranger Bill
River Monsters of Denali
Thu 9/17
Ranger Lori
Denali Park: 99 Years in the Making
No afternoon program
 

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