Why visit Alaska? What draws people to wild places and how do they affect us? These are the questions that this beautiful short video, Alaska, strives to answer. Alaska does a wonderful job of highlighting both Denali Education Center and many of the landscapes that we are able to share with the visitors that stay on our campus each summer.
For over 30 years Denali Education Center has strived to Inform, Engage, and Inspire youth and adults through immersive Denali-based learning experiences. We feel that one way to create a better world is by helping people form lasting connections to wild places. We would love to have you visit us in Alaska, but no matter what, we hope this short film helps inspire you to get out and explore your national parks and wide-open spaces!
Alaska from Rupert Shanks on Vimeo
Join the Denali Education Center for a place-based learning vacation led by expert field educators and welcoming support staff. For 30 years we have been hosting
groups on our campus, giving participants the opportunity to learn about and experience Alaska in a way that one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
During your time in Denali, you will be able to relax into the pace of life on our 10-acre campus. Located along the banks of the beautiful Nenana River, our campus features newly renovated cabin accommodations, Riverside Dining Hall where you will enjoy delicious homemade meals, and a quiet walking trail that winds through the forested campus and along the Nenana River.
Come to Denali National Park – and make yourself at home!
*Program 9748 is now listed as Program 22254 in Road Scholar catalogs*
For over 30 years Denali Education Center has proudly partnered with Road Scholar to provide top-quality educational programs. Our Road Scholar programs cover a large array of abilities and interests. You won’t find any other tour to Alaska that stays in Denali for an entire week! Check out our list of program dates and pricing below. We hope to see you in Denali soon.
The Best of Alaska’s National Parks: From Denali To Kenai
(Road Scholar Program #1012)
From the Mountains to the Sea…
Come experience an Alaska that many people never see. Get the unique opportunity to both hike in and learn about interior and coastal Alaska- visiting two strikingly unique and beautiful national parks along the way!
This journey begins in interior Alaska and Denali National Park. Join our expert field educators in exploring Denali’s landscapes and learning about the ecology and history that have shaped it. Experience a landscape where grizzly bears walk lowland rivers, caribou roam the alpine tundra, and North America’s tallest mountain stands proudly above it all.
After traveling south, to Kenai Fjords National Park, take advantage of the chance to view the glaciers that built the cathedral fjords of the Kenai Peninsula. Spend one-day investigating the coast by boat and see first hand how Kenai’s glaciers continue to carve Alaska’s coast today, as they have for eons. The pristine Alaskan wilderness can help to put a lifetime into perspective and remind us that, in some places on earth, we are but visitors.
For more information about our Parks program itinerary, dates, and how to register; please visit Road Scholar’s Website HERE!
Discover Alaska By Rail: A Traveling Adventure
(Road Scholar Program #1014)
All Aboard! Journey the entire length of the historic Alaska Railroad!
Start in the “Golden Heart City” of Fairbanks where you’ll visit the Alaskan pipeline and hear from the Iditarod’s first female finisher- Mary Shields! We’ll ride south to Denali National Park, home of North America’s tallest peak, 20,310-foot Denali. Alongside local experts, we’ll study the wildlife and natural history of Alaska’s interior subarctic ecosystems. Next, we’ll head to Anchorage to experience the living cultures of Alaska’s Native groups at the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Our final stop is the harbor town of Seward, take in the grandeur of Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska SeaLife Center.
For more information about our Railroad program’s itinerary, dates, and how to register; please visit Road Scholar’s Website HERE!
Choose Your Pace: Hike & Explore Denali’s Backcountry Wilderness
(Road Scholar Program #22254)
Experience the best that Denali has to offer!
This program provides the opportunity to hike Denali’s established trails in addition to its remote western wilderness! Split your time between Denali Education Center’s forested riverside campus and Kantishna Roadhouse’s backcountry lodge. Each day is spent with experienced educators who will interpret the history and ecology of Denali National Park as you get the opportunity to explore it. Get the opportunity to travel 90 miles into Denali National Park and spend three nights at the Kantishan Roadhouse. This trip offers a chance to experience a Denali that few get the chance to see and a place that you’re sure to remember.
For more information about our Backcountry Lodge itinerary, dates, and how to register; please visit Road Scholar’s Website HERE!
Alaska Journey: Anchorage to Anchorage
We are excited to be working with G Adventures to offer small group travel opportunities in Alaska! G Adventures is based out of Canada and is offering this Alaskan adventure in partnership with National Geographic Journeys. We believe that their core value “…to help others experience authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner…” is one that pairs well with our own mission and could not be happier to be sharing Denali with their guests this summer.
Please visit G Adventure’s Website to view available dates,
register and learn more about this program.
The Denali Education Center invites you to experience Denali National Park and the subarctic ecosystem in a way that few are able. Stay on our 10-acre wooded campus and enjoy the comforts of home while learning about the sometimes challenging and always complicated subarctic.
Located within walking distance of two park trails and only eight miles from the main visitor facilities of Denali National Park, our campus offers a unique residential opportunity for schools, conservation organizations, alumni travel groups, and affinity groups.
Our exemplary staff of field educators and program coordinators will tailor our innovative residential programs to fit the needs of your group. Participants will experience guided walks in Denali National Park,
and learn about the Park through presentations given by local experts in ecology, natural history, arts, adventure, and regional culture.
While your program participants are relaxing, rejuvenating, and exploring our campus- staff will be busy preparing delicious homemade meals and making our facilities comfortable and accommodating. We hope that all who visit our campus will take with them a love of this place as well as lasting friendships with fellow program participants.
The Denali Education Center campus is open mid-May through mid-September. Please be aware that we begin booking groups approximately 18 months in advance. There is often more flexibility with smaller group sizes. All programs must be booked on a 4-day, 3-night or 7-day, 6-night basis.
For more information about available dates, to view a sample itinerary, or to talk about your goals for visiting Denali please call 907-683-2597 or email our Program Director Hannah Noel at email@example.com.