June – August 2024


All ages and abilities!

Wilderness Intensive Learning Development Overview

Since 1999, the Denali Education Center has been using unique wilderness experiences to improve the mental health and quality of life for Alaskan youth and adults who face physical, behavioral, or developmental challenges when trying to access wild places. Denali Education Center is proud to partner with social service agencies to reach Alaskans who will most benefit from our W.I.L.D program.

W.I.L.D. about Denali is the only program in Alaska that provides National Park access and transformational wilderness experiences to underserved and vulnerable populations. The program’s success is due to its simplicity-the time spent enjoying nature allows participants to reconnect with themselves, form lasting bonds with their peers, and connect with their environment. Our partnerships will ensure that W.I.L.D. will continue to serve and benefit those seeking independence and new opportunities for personal growth through active exploration of wild spaces.

General Information

During this program, participants engage in activities that expand independent living skills and strengthen notions of teamwork through wilderness experiences in Denali National Park. Participants will board a camper bus and travel the Denali Park Road to a designated wilderness camp site. While curriculum topics vary depending on the needs of the participants, W.I.L.D works to further the participants understanding of how to safely explore a wilderness setting, and deepen the participant’s appreciation of Denali as a protected place. 


W.I.L.D would not be possible without the continued support of our community and local partners. Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks go out to our partners:

  • Denali National Park and Preserve
    Continued support of our program mission.
  • Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Ventures
    Donates buses, campsites, and drivers to safely transport our participants in and out of the park.
  • McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe
    Hosting the W.I.L.D Brunch every September! 

To help support W.I.L.D. or any other Youth Program, please participate in any of our annual fundraising events or go to the DONATE page!