Wilderness Adventure

Caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, Onion Portage - just some of the facets of Kobuk Valley National Park. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current path for people and wildlife. For 9000 years, people came to Onion Portage to harvest caribou as they swam the river. Even today, that rich tradition continues.

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Super Science Camp

Kotzebue students get a real life look at what it means to be a field biologist in the wilderness of Kobuk Valley National Park.

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Muskox cow and the back side of a calf

Running Herd Blog

"Running Herd…on Fieldwork in the Western Arctic National Parklands" highlights some of the work being done by scientists and rangers in the parks.

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Caribou on the Dunes

A quarter of a million caribou migrate yearly across the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes. Humans have hunted along the Kobuk River for untold generations

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The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes

Forty miles above the Arctic Circle, these dunes rise up to 100 feet high, and summer temperatures here can soar to 100° Fahrenheit!

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Onion Portage - National Historic Landmark

For thousands of years, vast numbers of caribou have passed through this area on their seasonal migrations between tundra and taiga.

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