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Less than a Penny Per Park

Our friends at the National Parks Conservation Association calculated that the average income-earning American household pays less than $3 in federal income taxes each year for the National Park Service. Considering there are over 400 units of park lands (national parks, preserves, and monuments) in the United States, that dollar amount averages out to less than [...]

Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial on a Field Course!

Alaska Geographic has announced a series of new multi-day field courses that will inspire visitors to celebrate 100 years of our National Parks.  Five new centennial-themed courses will provide in-depth learning experiences and complement the national ‘Find Your Park’ campaign.  Each course takes place in Denali National Park and Preserve and explores a topic with [...]

Artisans Carve Traditional Canoe at Sitka NHP

(NPS Photo/Erin Fulton)   Through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Master Canoe Carver Steve Brown, along with carvers TJ Young, Jerrod Galanin, Nick Galanin, and Tommy Joseph are transforming a huge red cedar log into a sea-worthy canoe. Dozens of hours of work and thousands of wood shavings [...]

On its Centennial, NPS Seeks to Increase Diversity & Inclusion

“America has changed dramatically since the birth of the National Park Service in 1916. The roots of the National Park Service lie in the parks' majestic, often isolated natural wonders and in places that exemplify our cultural heritage, but our reach now extends to places difficult to imagine 100 years ago—into urban centers, across rural [...]

Local Students Spend a Week Job-Shadowing in Denali National Park

Pat Owen watches on as students use radio telemetry to try to find a wolf collar. (Photo Credit: Ed O'Conner) This fall, Denali National Park and Preserve offered Denali’s neighboring teens a behind-the-scenes tour of their own backyard. During the Intensives program, fifty 8th and 9th grade students from Susitna Valley High School spent three [...]

Denali Science School Introduces Elementary School Kids to Park Science

Denali Science School is a new outreach program coordinated by Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service to get Alaskan elementary school kids outside and learning in Denali National Park! Now in its second year, the Denali Science School has engaged over 500 kids. This year, eight 5th and 6th grade classes spent 2 nights [...]

Alaska’s Wild Roads

Only a small portion of Alaska is accessible by road. Out of the roads that do exist, there are many gems that provide visitors with access to Alaska’s remote and rugged wilderness. Take a journey down Nabesna Road into the northern reaches of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, or travel north on the Dalton Highway to the very top of the continent – and witness endless majesty along the way!

Wildfires Sweep Across Alaska

Over 600 wildfires have burned in Alaska this summer, with 300 fires still currently burning. The state is close to reaching the 3-million mark in acres burned. At this point, we’re ahead of the acreage burned up to this date in 2004, which is generally considered to be the worst Alaska fire season on record. […]