Our 2017 Camp Dates are June 19 – 23
Registration is now closed.
Since 2000, Denali Discovery Camp has provided local youth with experiential learning adventures through hands-on exploration in Denali National Park. Offered by the Denali Education Center partnering with the National Park Service through the Murie Science & Learning Center, this week-long day camp is open to students entering 1st through 8th grades. In small peer groups, students will hike, camp, explore and discover in the diverse habitats of Denali National Park.
Through age-appropriate games, hikes and activities led by expert instructors, students will gain an understanding of Denali Discovery Camp’s main content areas: habitat, wildlife, plant life, natural science, landscape, and wilderness. Balancing between structured activities and informal exploration, students will have the opportunity to discover a personal connection to Denali National Park. Because using the wilderness classroom is a privilege, Denali Discovery Camp teaches and adheres to the principles of Leave No Trace and strives to maintain a low impact camp experience for current and future Discovery Campers.
To provide local children with quality learning experiences through hands-on adventure and fun in Denali National Park and Preserve.
- Provide an opportunity for children to experience the outdoors in a fun and safe manner.
- Develop a sense of inquiry and curiosity about the natural world.
- Cultivate skills of observation, awareness, and reflection about our environment.
- Promote understanding of the subarctic ecosystem.
- Convey the significance of Denali National Park and Preserve as a protected ecosystem.
- Foster stewardship of wilderness and wild places.
Registration will open at 9am on Monday, March 6, 2017, via an online registration link. You may also call the DEC at 683-2597.
Scholarship Applications are due within 7 days of registration.
Registration will close and all paperwork is due by 5pm on Monday, April 10, 2017. Paperwork due includes: Medical History Form, Authorization Form, and Code of Conduct. Failure to submit paperwork by this deadline will result in the forfeiture of your camp spot.
Scholarship notifications will go out by Monday, April 17, 2017. Payment will be collected from Monday, April 24 to Monday, May 1.
We will post about any remaining available spaces after April 10, 2017.
Cancellation and Refund policy is as follows:
5 weeks before camp- Full refund
4 weeks before camp- 75% refund
3 weeks before camp- 50% refund
2 weeks before camp- No refund
Tuition for each camp group:
Nature Scouts…students entering 1st & 2nd grades, $250
Denali Detectives…students entering 3rd & 4th grades, $275
Ecosystem Explorers…students entering 5th & 6th grades, $300
Wilderness Researchers…students entering 7th & 8th grades, $325
We maintain an engaging learning atmosphere in each Denali Discovery Camp group by bringing together instructors of varying talents and creativity. With a student to instructor ratio of three-to-one, each group is led by a Park Ranger and two other instructors hired for their local knowledge and experience working with youth. The instructor teams share their collective wealth of knowledge with students in the form of fun, hands-on, and informative activities.
While each camp group has its own daily excursions, all four groups join together twice during the week. Monday morning kicks off the week with a brief orientation highlighting camp preparedness, Leave No Trace, and wildlife safety. Students will also use this time to meet their instructors and fellow campers. On Friday afternoon, students join together to celebrate their adventures and share experiences from the week with friends and family. During the week, camp groups will explore the major habitat areas of Denali National Park and Preserve through hikes and educational activities led by camp staff. On occasion, hikes will be led by Park naturalists or scientists that are currently doing research in the Park.
Every Discover Denali camp group enjoys an overnight camping experience: The youngest campers, Nature Scouts, and Denali Detectives, spend Thursday night at Savage River Campground and the Teklanika Field Camp, respectively. The Ecosystem Explorers spend Wednesday and Thursday nights at Igloo Campground while Wilderness Researchers spend Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning at Wonder Lake Campground. On Friday, each group will conduct closing activities in the field and students will be given a chance to evaluate the program. We will conclude camp with a closing ceremony and barbecue at the Denali Education Center; all students, staff, and families are invited to share in the experience.
For more detailed information about each group: