The Denali Education Center offers a variety of fun, educational programs for youth from all over Alaska. Our programs range from day camps to multi-day backcountry trips, and are offered to youth of all ages and abilities. Denali Education Center's youth programs encourage children to develop meaningful connections to Denali National Park and Preserve by providing them with opportunities to experience, explore and discover this untouched resource along with their peers. The opportunity to teach and learn in pristine wilderness is a privilege that we hope to share with future generations. All youth programs teach and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
Denali Backcountry Adventures (DBA) is a week-long, summer backpacking trip for high school students interested in exploring Denali’s vast wilderness. Throughout the program, DBA participants learn experientially about the physical and mental preparations required to launch a backcountry expedition. The program offers the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge and skills that increase the student’s understanding and enjoyment of Denali.
Denali Discovery Camp (DDC) provides local children with experiential learning adventures through hiking, camping, exploring, and discovering the diverse habitats of Denali National Park and Preserve. This week-long day camp is open to students entering 1st-8th grades.
Bug Camp participants see the subartic ecosystem from a bug's eye view – visiting prime insect habitats, practicing various methods of trapping, displaying and starting their own collection of insects – all while camping along the Nenana River at the Denali Education Center. Denali Bug Camp introduces participants to the basics of field science and equip them with the knowledge to continue exploring the field of entomology.
Wilderness Intensive Learning Development (WILD) teaches respect, self-confidence, and teamwork during a three day, two night wilderness camping experience in Denali National Park.
Denali Education Center and the Menke family created the Scott Menke Memorial Fund to honor his memory and benefit local students. Working together, we inspire future generations to embody the incomparable spirit Scott shared with us.