a ranger and campers practicing deterring bears
Learning how to deter bears is one of numerous activities that kids participate in during camp.

NPS Photo / Sean Proctor


Denali Discovery Camp
June 19 - 23, 2017
If you're age 5 - 13 and live in the Denali Borough, this camp may be the highlight of your summer for many years! Denali Discovery Camp provides children from the Denali Borough School District with quality learning experiences through hands-on adventures and fun in the park. The camp curriculum focuses on sub-arctic ecology, the national park mission, and preservation and protection of park resources. Park researchers meet with groups of campers in the field to talk about ongoing research projects. Depending on their ages, participants spend one to three nights in the park during camp week. Discovery Camp is run as a partnership between the National Park Service through the Murie Science and Learning Center and the Denali Education Center.

Denali Backcountry Adventures
May 29 - June 2, 2017
Are you a local who is now age 14 - 18? Denali Backcountry Adventures (DBA) is a week-long backpacking trip for high school students interested in exploring Denali's vast wilderness. DBA is open to students entering high school (9th-12th grades). In DBA, students learn the backpacking, camping and teamwork skills needed to take on larger expeditions. They also have opportunities to interact with park researchers, mountaineers, and wildlife managers depending on the year, and to learn what it takes to manage the wilderness that we all enjoy in Denali. DBA is a partnership program of Denali Education Center and the National Park Service through the Murie Science & Learning Center.

Denali Summer Science Academy
Session 1: July 15 - 18, 2017
Session 2: July 22 - 25, 2017
This four-day camp introduces high school students to field science through hands-on participation in current research projects. Students camp, hike, and learn about park science while exploring one of the country’s extraordinary national parks! Camp registration will open in mid-March 2017.

Along with the open enrollment sessions, we are pleased to be partnering with the Chugach School District’s Voyageur Camp and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to bring several additional youth groups to Denali for this Summer Science Academy. This program is a partnership between Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service through the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Family Field Courses and Camps
Offered throughout the summer
Each summer, Alaska Geographic offers field courses designed specifically for families and youth. Visit the current field course listing and call or email for more information on which courses are youth and family-focused.

Youth Stewardship Expeditions
Offered throughout the summer
Each summer Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service offer a select number of wilderness and science expeditions. From exploring ancient archaeological sites of the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve to investigating climate change while backpacking through Denali National Park, these expeditions encourage exploration, learning, and stewardship of our public lands. Most of these programs recruit youth by nomination from community leaders.

Denali-Susitna Exploration Camp
Exploration Camp offers middle and high-school students from the Northern Susitna Valley the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural history of the Denali area. Depending on the year, students help Denali trail crews with dirt work, assist park archaeologists with excavations, or help teach younger community members about local plants, animals and geology. Denali-Susitna Exploration Camp is run as a partnership between the Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District and the National Park Service through the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(907) 683-9532
General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

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