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

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Quick Facts


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

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 the winter of 2013-2014, a Denali education ranger and Alaska Geographic educators 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. The ranger and educators Skyped with 2,757 students in 24 states. Due to the popularity of the program, 19 more sessions occurred after the cutoff date. 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.