From the Top of North America to Your Classroom
Denali National Park & Preserve

children reacting with excitement
Third graders in Aurora, Nebraska learn about sled dog adaptations from Ranger Rachel Jencks, in Denali National Park, Alaska
Photo courtesy Barrett Stinson at www.theindependent.com

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Live and Learn
Also Promotes:
Go Digital
State:
Alaska
Year Accomplished:
2013

Denali National Park and Preserve is an environment of extreme temperatures, tall mountains, glacial landscapes, and more. As it is difficult, if not impossible, for many teachers and students to come to the park, Denali has created new free, interactive, distance learning programs to help classes learn about this special place and enhance existing curricula. 

In December 2012, Denali education rangers teleported themselves via Skype into 3rd through 6th grade classrooms across the United States to present fun, standards-based science lessons on sled dog adaptations and the geology of Mt. McKinley.  Over three weeks the two rangers Skyped with almost 1,000 students in 13 states.  Due to the popularity of the program, ten more sessions occurred in January 2013. Teacher and student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Based on these successes, Denali plans to offer distance learning programs from November through January on an annual basis. Denali's distance learning programs support two Call to Action goals: Live and Learn and Go Digital.