Public Events

Denali Education Center hosts a collection of public events that promote the arts and sciences; featuring artists, naturalists, musicians, yoga teachers, authors, workshops, lectures, films, and educational programs. These events are meant to inspire personal discovery, creativity, and intellectual inquiry. Public events take place in the summer season in Denali, and year round at our Talkeetna campus.

Many of our public events are free or donation-based, and they highlight the incredible talent, diversity, and depth of knowledge in our small gateway community. Programs are held in the heart of our Denali campus, the Charles Sheldon Center – a post-and-beam building that was constructed, and has been maintained, with countless hours of volunteer effort. Talkeetna programs are held in the Susitna Hall, formerly the Northern Susitna Institute.

To stay up-to-date on all our offerings, subscribe to our Community Update, and receive information on local events. Updates are emailed weekly during the summer months and sporadically in the winter.

Are you interested in hosting an event in Denali or Talkeetna? Call us at 907-683-2597 or email events@denali.org for more information.

Special Emphasis Series

Through a partnership with Camp Denali, the Denali Education Center welcomes this six part Special Emphasis Series during the summer of 2024. All programs will happen in the Charles Sheldon Center on the DEC campus. Learn more about our speakers below.

Dr. Jon Atwood

Conservationist & Ornithologist
Date: June 2nd
“Full-life Cycle Bird Migration & Changing Bird Names”

Susan Paskvan

Former Native Language Coordinator of Yukon-Koyukuk School District
Date: June 9th
“Connections to Land Through Indigenous Language Revitalization”

Sarah Roeske, PhD

Research Geologist, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis
Date: June 16th
“The Geology Around Denali; Mountain-building, Earthquakes, and their Role in Shaping the Alaska Range”

Carolyn Finney, PhD

Author and Storyteller
Date: July 14th
(with James Edward Mills)

James Edward Mills

Author and Storyteller
Date: July 14th
(with Carolyn Finney)

Ben Rawlence

Award-Winning Writer, Activist & Former Speech Writer
Date: July 21st
“The Last Forest & the Future of Life on Earth: An Exploration into the Importance of the Boreal Forest”

Dr. Nikoosh Carlo, PhD

CEO of CNC North Consulting
Date: July 28th
“Indigenous-led Climate Solutions in the Arctic & Beyond”

Princess Daazhraii Johnson

Writer, Actor, Producer
Date: August 8th
“Narrative Sovereignty: The Power of Telling Our Own Stories”

Ronn and Marketa Murray

Aurora Borealis Experts and Photographers
Date: August 18th
“Northern Lights Exploration”

Ralph Clevenger

Photographer
Date: August 25th
“Autumn Photography Workshop”

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Denali Winterfest Kickoff!

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