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Denali to Host Third Annual Dandelion Demolition on June 23, 2018

cardboard box full of dandelions

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News Release Date: June 18, 2018

Contact: Katherine Belcher, (907) 683-9583

Ever wonder what it means to be the “Dandelion Queen” at Denali National Park and Preserve? Join Wendy Mahovlic and other park staff at “Dandelion Demolition 2018” for a fun, family-oriented activity while helping us preserve the park’s natural beauty. 
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 to properly dig up invasive dandelions and complete the project. The NPS will provide tools and safety equipment.
Sign-ups and a safety briefing begin at 9 am in the upper parking lot of the Denali Visitor Center. All Dandelion Demolition participants receive a thank you gift from the park’s volunteer office. 
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 2 pm.
Volunteers will receive vouchers for a future bus ride into the park or a night in a campground, which also covers the park’s $10 entrance fee. Overnight accommodations, including a walled tent or campsite, are available to those who need them but arrangements must be made in advance. To reserve a walled tent or campsite, contact the Denali National Park Volunteer Office at 907-683-9504.

Last updated: June 18, 2018

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