July 10-12 ($340.00 per Person)

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Discover features of habitat and ecology that paint a picture of what Denali may have looked like 70 million years ago. Imagine plant life, water systems, geology, and fauna in a distant time. Join Denali National Park Geologist Phil Brease and Education Specialist Kristen Friesen on this scientific educational adventure. We’ll investigate rocks of the Cantwell Formation, learn how to record geological data, and take home paleoecology lessons for classroom use.

About This Teacher Training

Murie Science & Learning Center Teachers Trainings explore the vast ecosystems and vibrant cultures of the Far North. Classes are small, but the classrooms are grand – set in Denali National Park’s landscape of taiga forest, glacier-clad mountains, and wide-open tundra. The Murie Science and Learning Center is a new facility dedicated to research and education about America’s eight northernmost National Parks. The Center, developed by the National Park Service, is a collaborative effort of several education and research organizations.

What To Expect

Tent cabin at the Field Camp - click for larger photo. This course is based out of the Murie Science and Learning Center Field Camp, located 35 miles inside Denali National Park in the area of Igloo Canyon. Just below Sable Pass, Igloo Canyon is where the taiga forest gives way to subarctic tundra. From this spectacular location we’ll set out each day to explore Denali’s diverse environments.

The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included. Family-style meals are simple and healthy. Each tent cabin sleeps four people on platform beds with mattresses. Participants bring their own sleeping bag and pillow case.

This course starts at the Murie Science and Learning Center at the Park entrance. To allow for travel time to Denali, this course begins at 1:00 p.m. on the first day and ends at 4:00 p.m. on the last day.

Programs are limited to 10 participants.

University Credit

University of Alaska Anchorage, offers one professional development credit (level 595) for this Teacher Training. The credit fee is included in the course cost.

Hiking Distances and Physical Fitness

Teacher Trainings are active learning experiences. Because we will be seeking out remote and exposed outcrops, hiking on this particular course will be strenuous; 4-7 miles round trip over uneven terrain with as much as 3,000 feet elevation gain. Participants should be in good physical health. We will be bushwhacking through brushy tundra, walking through creeks and rivers and scrambling on steep rocky and exposed terrain. Participants must be capable walkers, in good health, and equipped for sudden changes in weather.


  • Register online
  • Email: courses@alaskanha.org
  • Call (907) 683-1269 or toll-free (888) 688-1269

Alaska Natural History Association members receive a 10% discount on this course. The discount will not apply towards the $64 UAA credit.

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Cancellation Policy:

Course fees, less a $25 processing fee, will be refunded for cancellations 30 days in advance of the course start date. For cancellations within 30 days, the entire fee will be retained unless we can fill your place. If we are forced to cancel a course, your entire fee will be refunded.