Denali Science School is an outreach program coordinated by Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service to get Alaskan elementary school kids outside and learning in Denali National Park & Preserve!
This immersive program serves Alaskan students in 5th and 6th grade through 3 days and 2 nights in the park, learning through hands on activities, science research, and outdoor activities.
The goal of the program is to increase local kids’ awareness of Denali National Park & Preserve and other public lands in Alaska, introduce them to park science, and to build their scientific literacy with hands-on activities. One of the main strengths of the program is modeling scientific techniques, such as permafrost probing and wildlife tracking using radio collaring technology. Woven through all of the curriculum is an emphasis on climate change, facilitating students to reflect on how climate change is affecting Denali Park, the state of Alaska, and the planet as a whole. Students also get the opportunity to visit the park’s sled dog kennels, meet National Park Service rangers, and hike in the park, all while enjoying games and team-building activities.
Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service work to ensure that Denali Science School’s instruction, equipment, and lodging is free to schools.