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    Wrangell - St Elias

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center to close for the winter on Nov. 1st.

    Wrangell-St. Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be closed for the winter starting November 1. The visitor center will re-open on April 1, 2015.

Ranger Minutes

Ranger Minutes

Ranger Minutes are short audiocasts or videocasts in which a park ranger shares interesting stories and information about Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Current Ranger Minutes are listed below, and more are sure to come.

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The Wrangell Mountains videocast

Wrangell Mountain Range

The Wrangell Volcanos
Windows Media
Duration - 3 min 45 sec

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Ranger Tom explains the formation of the volcanic Wrangell Mountains and identifies many of the most prominent peaks.

 
What's so special about the Copper River?

What's so special about the Copper River?

The Copper River
Windows Media
Duration - 2 min 40 sec

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Join Wrangell-St. Elias interpretive ranger Alyssum and discover why the Copper River is the lifeblood of Alaska's Copper River Valley.

 
Ancient cycles of the Boreal Forest

The battle between aspen and spruce.

The Boreal Forest
Windows Media
Duration - 2 min 22 sec

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Join Interpretive Ranger Phil as he illustrates the fascinating life-cycle of the boreal forest, the largest terrestrial biome on earth.

 
Ranger Bev investigates the life cycle of Copper River salmon

The "Circle of Life"

Salmon Tales
Windows Media
Duration - 5 minutes

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During the summer months, the Copper River is filled with salmon. Join Ranger Bev as she shares the fascinating life history of these fish.

 
Backcountry safety issues

Have fun, but be safe!

Backcountry Safety
mp3 audio file
Duration - 4 minutes

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Ranger Smitty describes a few of the special considerations for safe backcountry travel in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

 
Common wildflowers videocast

What's Blooming?

Common Wildflowers of The Wrangells
Windows Media
Duration - 3 min

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Join interpretive ranger Brianna as she describes the wide array of summer flowers that are often seen along park roads and trails.

 
Copper River & Northwestern Railway

The amazing construction and operation of the "impossible railway."

Copper River & Northwestern Railway
Windows Media
Duration - 3 min 10 sec

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Join Ranger Sarah for a trip through the construction of the "impossible northern railway" that transported Kennecott's copper ore to the coast of Alaska.

 
 
 

Did You Know?

Gates & Kennicott Glaciers

The Gates Glacier, which feeds into the Kennicott Glacier near Donoho Peak, was named in 1899 for Edward Gates, a local prospector.