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 when talks are offered at the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Date Riley Creek
Savage River
Tek River
Wonder Lake
Thu 7/2
Ranger Jasa
Pika Perfect: Denali’s Collared Pika
Ranger Nicolette
Tiny Terrors of the Tundra
Ranger Lori
The Wilderness of Denali: What’s it to You?
Ranger Andy
The Birds of Wonder Lake
Fri 7/3
Ranger Lori
The Wilderness of Denali: What’s it to You?
Ranger Jasa
Pika Perfect: Denali’s Collared Pika
Ranger PT
The Glue that Chews: The Awesome Gnawsome
Ranger Andy
Kantishna, the Gold Rush and Beyond
Sat 7/4
Ranger Andrea
Find your Frontier:Exploring Denali’s Dynamic Wilderness
Ranger Jessica
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Ranger Sophie
Back to the Future: Exploring Denali’s Plant Life Through Time
Ranger Andy
Our Wilderness Heritage
Sun 7/5
No Program Ranger Cassie
Steal the Sun: Ravens in Myth and Nature
Ranger Andrea
Find your Frontier:Exploring Denali’s Dynamic Wilderness
Ranger Kate
Beavers: Builders Extraordinaire
Mon 7/6
No Program Ranger Emily
Adaptin’ Athabascans: Denali’s First People
Ranger Ana
Quakes and Explosions: Sculpting Denali
Ranger Andy
Climbing the Mountain: Meeting the Challenge
Tue 7/7
Ranger Stony
Snowhooks and Lead Dogs: Mushing in Denali
Ranger Maddi
Wolverines: The Untold Story
Ranger Clara
Sled Dogs: True Heroes of the Wilderness
Ranger Kate
The Life of a Ranger
Wed 7/8
No Program Ranger Jordan
The Clean Mountain
Ranger Brice
How High can you Climb?
Ranger Kate
Moose and Energy
Thu 7/9
Ranger Sophie
Back to the Future: Exploring Denali’s Plant Life Through Time
Ranger Becky
The Mysterious Travelers of Denali
Ranger Nicolette
Tiny Terrors of the Tundra
Ranger Kate
Beavers: Builders Extraordinaire




 
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 occuring, the park film plays on the hour and half-hour.

Date 10:30 am Program
2:00 pm Program
Thu 6/25
Ranger Jen
Mt. McKinley: A Refuge from the Ravages of War
Ranger Lynn
Ask an Alaskan
Fri 6/26
Ranger Bill
River Monsters of Denali
Ranger PT
The Awesome Gnawsome: Rodents of Denali
Sat 6/27
Ranger Lori
Denali Park: 99 Years in the Making
Ranger Jessica
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Sun 6/28
Ranger Nicolette
Born to be Wild
Ranger Drew
Where the Wild Things Are
Mon 6/29
Ranger Cassie
Steal the Sun: Ravens in Myth and Nature
Ranger PT
The Awesome Gnawsome: Rodents of Denali
Tue 6/30
Ranger Jessica
Brainy Birds and Brilliant Bears
Ranger Bill
River Monsters of Denali
Wed 7/1
Ranger Danielle
A Year in Denali
Ranger Emily
Frozen Fossils from Ice Age’s Past: Glaciers
Thu 7/2
Ranger Jake
The Resilient Wolf
Ranger Jordan
The Clean Mountain

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