From the Top of North America to Your Classroom

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Third graders in Aurora, Nebraska learn about sled dog adaptations from Ranger Rachel Jencks, in Denali National Park, Alaska

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Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
Live and Learn
Also Promotes:
Go Digital
Year Accomplished:

Denali National Park and Preserve is an environment of extreme temperatures, tall mountains, glacial landscapes, and more. As it is difficult, if not impossible, for many teachers and students to come to the park, Denali offers free, interactive, distance learning programs to help classes learn about this special place and enhance existing curricula. 

Every winter, Denali education rangers teleport themselves into 1st through 6th grade classrooms across the United States to present fun, standards-based science lessons. Topics include sled dog adaptations, the geology of Denali, dinosaurs that roamed the park during the cretaceous period, and other locally-relevant subjects. This year rangers helped celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday with a new program specifically designed to get every kid in a park and teach about why our public lands are special and worthy of protection. Denali's distance learning programs support two Call to Action goals: Live and Learn and Go Digital.

Winter 2012 - 2013: Offered 40 programs, reaching 1,277 students in 16 states.

Winter 2013 - 2014: Offered 96 programs, reaching 2,757 students in 24 states.

Winter 2014 - 2015: Offered 107 programs, reaching 3,161 students in 26 states.

Winter 2015 - 2016: Offered 188 programs, reaching 5,708 students

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