October 16, 2014
Contact: Kris Fister
DENALI PARK, Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve is an environment of extreme temperatures, tall
mountains, glacial landscapes, and more. As it may be difficult, if not impossible, for most teachers and students to come to the park, the National
Park Service is offering free, interactive, distance learning programs to help classes learn about this special place and enhance existing curriculums.
Denali education rangers will teleport themselves via Skype into classrooms to present fun,standards-based science lessons on sled dog
adaptations (3rd - 5th grades) and the geology of Mt. McKinley (4th - 6th grades). They also offer the "Ask an
Alaskan" program (K - 12th grades) where students explore and discover what it is like to live and work in Denali National Park and Preserve
and Alaska.The programs are available Monday –Friday, beginning November 3, 2014 through March 13, 2015. Registration is now open, and forms for scheduling groups and teaching materials are posted on the web at https://www.nps.gov/dena/forteachers/learning/index.htm. Programs are designed to meet national teaching standards.
·The Science of Sled Dogs - Grades 3-5
Students explore adaptations that make Denali's sled dogs well-suited to living and working in subarctic winter conditions.
·Denali: The High One (Geology of the Mountain) - Grades 4-6
Students explore the dynamic geologic processes that have created the tallest mountain in North America.
·Ask an Alaskan:Living and Working in Denali –Grades K-12
Students explore and discover about life in Alaska and many various topics in this informal question and answer session.
For questions and additional information, contact the park's education staff at