Session One: June 14 – 18
Session Two: June 21 – 25
2021 DDC Registration will open on March 15th at 9:00 am! That morning we will post a link to register here.
Are you looking for an affordable, local, homegrown, Alaskan summer camp experience for your 1st-8th grader? If so, join us for Denali Discovery Camp!
Since 2000, Denali Discovery Camp has been connecting young people and the wonders of Denali National Park and Preserve through exploration, teamwork, and fun.
Have your child join us at the Denali Education Center as a Nature Scout (1st-2nd grade), Denali Detective (3rd-4th grade), Ecosystem Explorer (5th-6th grade), or Wilderness Researcher (7th-8th grade), and let the learning begin!
Because using the wilderness as a 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 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 on March 15th at 9:00 am. That morning we will post a link to our registration page. We will update this page as we continue to confirm the details and updates to our 2021 Discovery Camps. You may also call us at 907-683-2597 with any questions.
Scholarships to fully or partially cover the cost of tuition are available; applications are due within seven days of registration. Please do not submit scholarship applications until your child has been accepted into camp this year.
All paperwork is due two weeks after confirmation of program enrollment. Paperwork includes Medical History Form, Authorization Form, and Code of Conduct. Paperwork can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Denali Education Center. Failure to submit paperwork by this deadline will result in the forfeiture of your camp spot.
Scholarship recipients will be notified four weeks after camp registration opens. Payment will be collected starting Monday, April 25th. All camp fees must be paid by the Monday before the start of camp.
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, $250
Ecosystem Explorers…students entering 5th & 6th grades, $250
Wilderness Researchers…students entering 7th & 8th grades, $250
In the words of one parent, our instructors are “top notch!” Instructors are hired primarily from our local Denali community, so you know they know their stuff. Each group of 10 campers has three dedicated counselors. They are hand-picked because of their experience, knowledge, and dedication to quality education. They are classroom teachers, science teachers, English teachers, music teachers, STEM teachers, environmental educators, scientists, authors, former Park Rangers, current Park Rangers, and more! All instructors have previous experience working with youth, wilderness safety and first aid training, and a joy for what they do.
Denali Discovery Camp runs for 5 days, Monday through Friday. Each day, you will drop your child off either at the Denali Education Center or Murie Science and Learning Center at 9:00 am ready for a full day of adventure. During the day, they will hike, explore, and learn all about Denali. Campers are picked up by parents at 4:00 pm at the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Every group has an overnight component during Camp, with the Nature Scouts and Denali Detectives having one night in the park, Ecosystem Explorers having two, and Wilderness Researchers having three. These overnight experiences are essential to the camp experience, yet scaled to take into consideration campers’ previous experience being away from home.
Discovery Camp ends every year with a potluck BBQ and celebration at the Denali Education Center as we watch a slideshow of photos from Camp, see skits from each of our groups, and come together as one big community. It’s a great way to see what everyone’s been up to!
For more detailed information about each group: