For People Who Work With The Public

Visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve meet a wide variety of Interpreters, whether they are called naturalists, guides, or group leaders, as well as business and community members when they come to the park on a trip. The people visitors encounter enrich their experience in and around Denali, helping to provide them with memories for a lifetime.

This page is designed to provide resources for group leaders, naturalists, hiking guides, hotel staff, drivers, raft guides, flightseeing pilots, Bed & Breakfast owners, and anyone else who may routinely work with visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve.

The resources on this page are a good place to start, but we also have many great resources found by partnering and working together to share ideas between different organizations. Please contact the park's Division of Interpretation with questions, comments, or ideas on how we can all work together to deepen visitor connections to this special place.


Visitor and Resource Safety

Paramount to helping visitors explore and understand this place are two concepts:

Key Things To Know About the Park's Purposes and Goals


A Few Resources for Creating Effective Interpretive Programs

A view of fall colors, mountains, and sunny skies near a lake
A view of fall colors near Wonder Lake.

NPS Photo / Tim Rains


Want to Learn More About Interpretation?

There are many resources available online to help develop interpretive skills. Explore online courses about creating interpretive programs. Skills gained through the courses help interpreters hone their skills whether presenting a talk, walk, hike, bus tour, or narrated plane flight.

The introductory courses Foundations of Interpretation and How to Prepare an Interpretive Program are free. Park Partners may receive a discount when selecting additional courses.

Four other courses are particularly useful for people working with the public: Roving and Informal Interpretation, Knowing and Connecting to Your Audience, Conducted Activities (especially for those leading hikes) and Interpretive Talk. The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) also offers a 32-hour Certified Interpretive Guide course that combines the theoretical foundations with practical skills. More information can be found on NAI's website.


Training, Coaching, and Development Opportunities

Support materials from skill development courses will also be posted here. For information or other written support materials about training, coaching, or other interpretation skill development courses, contact the park's Division of Interpretation.

Attend Denali "Resource Days" to learn about current scientific research in the park at the beginning of each summer season.


Last updated: October 12, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(907) 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am - 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you get to the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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