One of our biggest challenges is finding a way to share the Kobuk Valley experience with those who do not have the opportunity to visit the park in person. We have created a Flickr website as a way to extend the virtual park boundary to encompass all those who love and support our national parks, wherever they may be. Any visitor who would like to volunteer a sample of a trip to Kobuk Valley National Park is encouraged to visit our Flickr site to post photos, video clips and journal entries to share with others.
Camp Willow is a free, two-day, overnight, hiking and camping trip just outside of Kotzebue. For kids ages 10 to 15, the campout is filled with games, campfire-building, blueberry picking, and activities that teach kids what it is like to be a park ranger.
Every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer, kids are welcome to come to the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center and participate in their movie story lesson. Park Rangers read the kids a story, serve popcorn, and show a movie that relates to the lesson.
Running Herd… on Fieldwork in the Western Arctic National Parklands is a blog highlighting some of the work being done by archaeologists, wildlife biologists, ecologists, and rangers in northwest Alaska's Noatak National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
A trip to the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes takes some effort, but the scenery and solitude makes it worth the work. There are no roads or trails, so plan to hire a pilot to get there. You can do an overflight, or land and stay a while. This video will help you start planning the logistics for a backcountry trip of a lifetime.
It doesn't matter if you call it the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center, the museum, or the visitor's center. Whatever you call it, you're going to want to watch this video showcasing the National Park Service building in Kotzebue, Alaska. In this short tour you'll listen, learn and look at what we are all about. By the end of it, you're going to want to come for visit of your own!
The National Park Service in Kotzebue, Alaska started a new and unique program where the rangers go out into the local Eskimo community looking for kids to talk with and educate. They take the park's pickup truck and try to find the kids where they are out playing. Each week the rangers pick a different topic relating to the parklands and bring along props and games to help illustrate the lesson. Please join us for an evening with the Roving Rangers!
A frog that lives in Kobuk Valley National Park spends the winter as an ice cube. In the fall, the Wood Frog burrows under leaves on the forest floor. Its temperature drops to 20° F or lower until spring, at which point it thaws out and goes on its way.