Welcome to Denali Interpretation

The information on this page is for seasonal employees working at Denali as park rangers.
reddish, brownish mountains
Evening light on mountains in the Alaska Range

NPS Photo / Ken Conger


We look forward to your arrival.

Together, as the Denali Interpretive Team, we are entrusted with the awesome task of helping people discover their personal connections to this vast, intact ecosystem -- a place where we can still be awed by the immensity of the landscape, discover fresh wolf tracks and listen to the hoots of a great horned owl as we bask in the midnight sunlight. If you are a returnee, you already know that Denali is a special place. If you will be new to the park, be prepared to fall in love with a place that is still wild and dynamic.

Our advice for the summer:

  • Be prepared to learn a lot about this place, the people and yourself.
  • Be open to challenges and change. And please note: some of that change may occur within you.
  • Take care of each other and listen to your intuition. If you think something is unsafe, don't do it. If you see something unsafe, report it to your supervisor.
  • Laugh a lot -- life is short and time is a gift.

We are honored to be working with such unique talented people. Travel well and see you soon.


Orientation Information, Training Materials and Resources

Want to learn more about interpretation? InterpTraining.org is an innovative partnership between the NPS Interpretative Development Program and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands of Indiana University.

The following three courses are free and recommended for all Interpreters:

After taking the Foundations of Interpretation course there are three courses that are particularly useful for front-line Interpreters: Interpretive Talk, Conducted Activities, and Informal Visitor Contacts. After taking the online course and passing the evaluation you are awarded a "Basic Certificate". Next, you may choose to continue to develop your skills by completing site-based activities and receiving feedback from a coach in order to achieve an "Advanced Certificate".


Example Programs

Here are video highlights of three kinds of programs that interpretive rangers lead at Denali.


Last updated: March 28, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


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

Contact Us