In July 2011, a group of 35 deaf visitors from a half dozen different states chartered a bus into Denali. This is what they had to say about their experience. (Open captions and ASL. Running time 04:50)
Mining has shaped this corner of Alaska since before it was a national park. Scientists and contractors are now working to reclaim and stabilize many of these areas. (Dedicated in memory of Phil Brease.) (Open Captions. Running Time 03:59)
As Alaska Native high school students from Anchorage explore Denali’s wilderness backcountry, author and documentary producer Dayton Duncan encourages young people to experience and become champions for national parks. (Open captions. Running time 09:56)
From hometowns as far away as Sylacagua, Alabama to as near as Healy, Alaska, six young people each describe what it was like for them to work in the National Park Service for a summer in Denali. (Open Captions. Running Time 07:33)
Watch fabric artist Ree Nancarrow create "Seasons of Denali," a remarkable panoramic representation of the landscape near the Eielson Visitor Center using white cotton fabric, dyes, paints, silkscreens, stencils, and oil sticks. (Open captions. Running Time 10:04)
Ree Nancarrow, with her son Eric and his wife Susanna, delivered her quilt, "Seasons of Denali," to the Eielson Visitor Center on June 3, 2008. The building opened to the public just five days later. Set to music composed and performed by Land Cole.
The Eielson Visitor Center, located 66 miles inside the park, reopened on June 8, 2008. Among the featured exhibits is Seasons of Denali, a remarkable quilt by Ree Nancarrow. This link provides a key to all of the plants, animals and birds Nancarrow included in the piece.
STEWARDSHIP: Monitoring the Effects of Climate Change on Park Resources
(Time 04:26, Captioned)
Climate change is real, maybe more real here in the subarctic already than other parts of the planet. It's the position of the National Park Service that humans can still take steps to reduce the impact of climate change, and that park visitors should be encouraged to support and make changes that can help protect these special places. In Denali, scientists are monitoring climate change closely and cautiously discussing how park management may need to change in the future based on current trends.
A LESSON IN SUSTAINABILITY
(Time 01:50, Captioned)
Since a first Theropod track was found by a field camp student on the edge of Igloo Creek in late June 2005, there have been many more fossil discoveries at locations throughout the park. Anthony R. Fiorillo, a paleontologist and curator of Earth Sciences at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, answers some of the most common questions about the presence of dinosaurs in Denali more than 65 million years ago.
Mount McKinley National Park, as it was known at the time, was one of the first parks in America to recognize that a natural setting could have carrying capacity. In 1972, the park limited access to its 91-mile road. In 2008, more than 36 years later, officials began work on a completely new management strategy for transporting people in the park. It could prove to be a defining moment in the rich history of this special place.
In March 2008, two Athabascan elders were flown by bush plane from their home in Nikolai, Alaska to Cantwell to help an 18-year-old high school senior build a half-size replica of a traditional moose hide boat. Their story illustrates the importance of an ongoing connection between local rural subsistence users and the land.
This short, silent film clip from the 1940s depicts a brown bear foraging and romping on the open tundra of Mount McKinley National Park, as it was known at that time. (Used with permission, Alfred and Elma Milotte Collection, AAF-1294, Archives, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.)
HIKING THE DENALI WILDERNESS
(Time 28:56, Quicktime)
In this brief video biography, learn about the life and work of William Berry, a renowned Alaska wildlife artist who created “Resting Grizzly,” a limited edition bronze which was enlarged to life-size for an installation outside the Denali Visitor Center in 2012.