Parks & Partners

Many organizations come together to fulfill the mission of the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) through cooperation, partnerships, and sharing of resources. Our partner organizations include non-profits, educational institutions and business partners.

Managing Organizations
The National Park Service runs the MSLC with the assistance of a Managing Partner, as outlined in the MSLC Management Plan. Since the inception of the MSLC in 2003, the Managing Partner has been Alaska Geographic. The Park Service has executive authority over all MSLC programs and facilities, while Alaska Geographic runs many free and fee-based programs that provide critical revenue towards promoting science education in Denali and other MSLC partner parks.

National Park Service
The National park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Alaska Geographic
Alaska Geographic is the official non-profit partner of Alaska’s 15 national parks, 16 national wildlife refuges, and America’s two largest national forests, plus a variety of other public lands. Our mission is connecting people to Alaska's public lands because we believe that inspired people become champions of Alaska's parks, forests and refuges. Alaska Geographic was established in 1959 by rangers of Mount McKinley National Park, which was later renamed Denali National Park and Preserve.

Additional Partner Organizations
The following organizations are also partners of the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Denali Education Center
Denali Education Center connects people to Denali through fun, informative, and inspiring programs that help build lifelong friendships, lasting memories, and a sense of connection to nature. A non-profit partner of Denali National Park and Preserve since 1989, we serve visitors and residents of all ages with multi-day programs on our campus, day programs, multi-day field trips, research grants, and special events.

Denali Borough School District
The DBSD, with proactive student, parent and community involvement, provides a nurturing, diverse, quality education that empowers students, promotes life-long learning, and produces globally conscious locally involved citizens.

Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture (JV)
A concessioner of Denali National Park and Preserve, JV operates the bulk of narrated and non-narrated bus trips in Denali and offers welcome support for a variety of MSLC functions.

University of Alaska
The University of Alaska inspires learning, and advances and disseminates knowledge through teaching, research, and public service, emphasizing the North and its diverse peoples.

Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District
Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District is one of 12 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in the state of Alaska. Their mission is to voluntarily enlist the cooperation of land owners in the wise use of their natural resources.

Wrangell Mountains Center
The Wrangell Mountains Center offers residential and walk-in programs that foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of wildlands and mountain culture in Alaska through scientific and artistic inquiry in the Wrangell Mountains.

Murie Center
The Murie Center, in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, engages people to understand and commit to the enduring value of conserving wildlife and wild places.

Partner Parks

The Murie Science and Learning Center was created to provide research, discovery, and learning opportunities within arctic and subarctic Alaska National Parks. Learn about natural and cultural science in these parks and discover the ways in which all of Alaska's parks are connected

Inventory and Monitoring Networks

The Murie Science and Learning Center covers two of the "I&M" networks in Alaska - the Central Alaska Network (CAKN) and Arctic Network (ARCN). Each of these networks facilitates research in their constituent parks (Denali, Wrangell and Yukon-Charley in the CAKN; and Bering Land Bridge, Cape Krusenstern, Noatak, Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic in the ARCN).

Last updated: December 24, 2014