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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.Learn about upcoming programs.

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.

Did You Know?

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The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.