Retreat to our campus to take in the beauty of the Park, explore the mysteries of the northern boreal forest, and enjoy warm Alaskan hospitality. This secluded ten-acre campus, just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park, has 12 guest cabins, a dining hall, a large meeting hall, and a solar water heating system.
Enjoy some of the most delicious and healthful food in the region in our dining hall. Celebrate warm days on the picnic tables overlooking the banks of the river. Watch for cow moose and their young on the opposite shore. At the end of the day, make yourself at home in one of our newly renovated guest cabins.
Each cabin has a shared enclosed porch (perfect for your wet gear and gathering with your cabin-mates) and two bedrooms. Each room has two double beds and private bath. Amenities include linens, heat, electric outlets, soap, and views of wild surroundings. The absence of TV, radio, microwave, fridge, hairdryers, etc. encourages guests to unplug and get outside. Complimentary Wi-Fi connection and good cell reception allow visitors to stay in touch with the world beyond Denali.
The campus is open from mid-May to mid-September. We invite schools, conservation organizations, alumni travel groups, and affinity groups to bring their guests to our campus for an incomparably fun and enriching travel experience in Denali. To learn more about booking our campus for a 4-day, 3-night or 7-day, 6-night learning vacation, visit our Group Reservations page.
Our campus was built specifically for Road Scholar programs in 1989. The National Park Service supported the founding of Denali Education Center because it fulfilled visitor needs the park could not: providing overnight accommodations for extended learning programs about Denali, creating stewards for the park, and supporting research. Over the past 25-plus years, these little abodes have accommodated roughly 18,000 guests during learning vacations for many educational and nonprofit groups.
The residential part of our campus not only generates ambassadors for Denali; the earned revenue funds our youth and community programs. Here’s to making these little green cabins warm and welcoming to visitors for the next 25 years. We can’t wait to welcome another 18,000 friends to our home!
Turn off the George Parks Highway at mile 231, toward Denali Park Village. At the end of the driveway, continue straight ahead, passing through the Denali Park Village property to reach our campus on the far side. The Charles Sheldon Center is the first building visible on our property with a colorful “Denali Education Center” sign out front. If you will be staying overnight on campus, continue down the gravel road to the left of Charles Sheldon Center. Check-in for residential programs at Riverside Hall. Independent travelers check-in at Riverside Office, next door to Riverside Hall.
The Denali Depot is eight miles from our campus. Complimentary transportation to and from the depot is provided for program participants on the first and last day of the program.
Let your driver know that you will de-board the bus at Denali Park Village. Our campus is walking distance from the hotel lobby bus stop.
Our campus is a quiet haven within a rapidly developing gateway community, reminding us that responsible land use is essential for future generations. Not only does this campus help people understand the importance of education about our National Parks, it also allows everyone who visits to better appreciate the value of all natural places.