Not only does the National Park Service turn 100 in 2016 -- Denali itself has it's one hundredth birthday in early 2017! Learn more about Denali's centennial anniversary
Whether you live near Denali or far away, consider taking part in one of these ongoing activities to celebrate the 100th-anniversary of the National Park Service, and to get excited for next year's Denali centennial.
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The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and we're celebrating all year long! Throughout 2016, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at FindYourPark.com.
A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial efforts. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Denali National Park & Preserve is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!
Learn more during your visit to Alaska by taking a field course through Alaska Geographic! AK Geo is a non-profit partner of all national parks in Alaska. Their field courses include an element of excitement and recreation, like sea kayaking or backpacking, while a naturalist guides you through some of the wildest places in America. Read more
During the fall of 2015, the Murie Science and Learning Center is bringing Alaskan fifth and sixth-grade classes into Denali on three-day, overnight field trips. During Denali Science School, students learn about how park rangers use science to protect and showcase this special place. The students conduct investigations, participate in discussions and collaborative activities, play games, hike, and grow as individuals by experiencing new and exciting things. Read more
In September 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve offered local teens a behind-the-scenes tour of their own backyard. During the Intensives program, 50 8th and 9th grade students from Susitna Valley High School spent three days exploring why Denali is so special. The students shadowed many types of rangers, and in doing so, experienced first-hand the challenges of managing this spectacular and complex place. Read more
In August and September of 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted two separate programs that brought students from the local community and across the state into the park for hands-on experiential learning experiences. Read more
The National Park Service is committed to supporting the professional development of young scientists. The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC), located within and operated by Denali National Park and Preserve, achieves this goal by providing financial support for graduate students through its Program of Research Fellowships. The Fellowships are available to students conducting research in any of Alaska's eight northern national parks. Read more
In July, 2014, seven arthropod researchers from across the United States journeyed to Denali National Park and Preserve to take part in the Park's first ever "Bug Bioblitz". The goals of this citizen science event were to increase our knowledge about insect diversity in Denali and to engage the public in research side-by-side with scientists. Read more