About the Volunteer Program at Denali
Each year, volunteers contribute more than 60,000 hours to Denali National Park and Preserve. Retired couples, individuals, school groups, scouts, clubs and organizations - people just like you - donate their time and efforts to provide essential services at Denali's visitor centers, offices, kennel operations, campgrounds and even on the majestic slopes of North America's highest mountain. Our volunteers also contribute long hours constructing trails, eradicating invasive plants, gathering native seeds and assisting park researchers with a variety of projects.
Volunteer Event: Need for Seed - Saturday, August 3
Native Seed Collection
Help harvest and dry native seeds while learning about Denali’s native plants and restoration projects in the park.
Every volunteer will receive a thank-you gift and each adult will receive a voucher for a transit bus ride in the park (you choose the date, includes park entrance fee).
For more information or to reserve overnight accommodations contact the Volunteer Office at 907-683-9504.
Citizen Science: Collecting Bear Poop in Denali (Ongoing)
Would you like to know how many bears are in the backcountry unit that you’re going hiking in? We would too, and you can help us figure that out by signing up to be one of Denali’s citizen bear scientists!
What will DNA From Scat Tell Us?
How You Can Help
What do you get out of it?
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! You won’t get the results from the samples that you collect, but you will still get the sticker and the bragging rights.
We provide protective gloves, and specially designed sampling sticks in the sample collection kits, so you don’t actually touch the scat. Bear scat generally doesn’t smell because it’s mostly comprised of berries at this time of year.
The sample kits are fairly small. It will take up about the same amount of space as an extra pair of socks, and they’re about the same weight.
You can pick up kits at the Backcountry Information Desk in the Denali Visitor Center. If you call (907-683-9574) ahead of time, we can also try to meet you at your camper bus with a kit, in case you forget to pick one up at the visitor center but still want to participate.
You can return your kit to the same place you got it, at the Backcountry Information Desk. If you arrive after 6 pm, use the kit return box (located on top of the after-hours bear resistant food container (BRFC) return), outside the main doors of the Denali Visitor Center
Volunteer PositionsWhen full or part-time volunteer positions are available, they will appear below.
Last updated: July 16, 2019