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Contact: Kathleen Kelly, 9076839504
Alaska’s early spring this year means early dandelions. Denali National Park and Preserve’s fourth annual “Dandelion Demolition” volunteer event is Saturday, June 8, 9 am-1 pm.
Participants will learn the difference between native dandelions and invasive dandelions in the park and spend the morning demolishing the invaders! This is a great opportunity to learn how invasive species can harm the park's ecosystem and why it is so important to help native species thrive on the fragile tundra.
Volunteers who do not mind getting their hands dirty and who want to help maintain a part of this special place are encouraged to participate. Volunteers will use hand tools and learn to properly dig up invasive dandelions. The National Park Service will provide tools, safety equipment and instruction.
Sign-ups and a safety briefing begin at 9 am in the upper parking lot of the Denali Visitor Center. Volunteers should look for the group in uniforms and come prepared for a moderate work day with water, lunch, snacks, clothing layers and rain gear. Volunteers should be back at the parking lot by 1 pm.
All Dandelion Demolition participants receive a thank you gift from the park’s volunteer office and each adult will receive a voucher for a future bus ride into the park or a night in a campground.
Limited overnight accommodations, huts and campsites, on June 7 and 8 are available to those who need them, but arrangements must be made in advance. To reserve a hut or tent campsite, contact the Denali National Park Volunteer Office at 907-683-9504. Availability is limited so volunteers should make reservations as soon as possible.
Last updated: May 29, 2019