Youth Camps & Expeditions


Denali Summer Science Academy

This four-day camp in Denali National Park and Preserve introduces high school students to field science through hands-on participation in current research projects. Students camp, hike and learn about park science while exploring one of the country’s extraordinary national parks! There are two open enrollment sessions in 2017: July 15-18, and July 22-25.  For information about the camp and to apply, see the links below. Please note that the extended application deadline is April 28, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact This program is a partnership between Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service through the Murie Science and Learning Center.  Along with the open enrollment sessions, we are pleased to be partnering with the Chugach School District’s Voyageur Camp and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to bring several additional youth groups to Denali for this Summer Science Academy.

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Denali Backpacking Expedition

On expeditions in Denali National Park teens accompany National Park Service rangers on wilderness patrol to explore conservation topics, all while learning how to navigate and traverse through Denali’s stunning wilderness. These expeditions bring together teens from across Alaska to acquire outdoor skills, explore park science, and learn about careers in public lands. Alaska Geographic is proud to support the Denali Backcountry Adventure program, operated by the Denali Education Center. Program information and applications for this program can found here.

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Nome Archaeology Camp

We partner with National Park Service to host a Nome Archaeology Camp where teens explore the cultural heritage and history of the Bering Straits region. Teens investigate caribou drive lines, map cairn and tent sites, learn the tools to scan and re-print artifacts, and work alongside community elders to identify and catalog items. Teens become immersed in the cultural and natural landscape and become more familiar with National Park Service’s efforts to preserve the history of the region.

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Media Expeditions

The yellow-billed loon expedition brings students from around Alaska to the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve and the northern coast of Alaska to gather video and interviews about the Yellow-billed loons, a species the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identifies as a bird of conservation concern with a population of less than 25,000. Students assist National Park Service with their efforts to work with local residents and better inform the public about conservation issues.

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