Denali Education Center Youth Programs create immersive experiences at the southern entrance to Denali through meaningful education. Our programs challenge you to rethink the outdoors and what you thought was possible.
Denali Education Center offers a variety of fun, affordable educational programs for kids and young adults in Alaska. Our programs range from day camps offered in both our Denali and Talkeetna campuses to multi-day backcountry expeditions in Denali National Park and Preserve. Programs are offered to youth of all ages and abilities. Our programs encourage participants to develop personal connections to the natural world by allowing them to experience, explore, and discover untouched landscapes with their peers. All youth programs teach and practice Leave No Trace principles.
Protection of Public Health: Covid-19 and other public health mitigations for Denali Education Center Youth Programs are outlined in specific program information. Vaccinations are not required. Covid testing may be required using test kits supplied by DEC. Mask requirements will mirror current federal, state, or organizational policies for vehicles and indoor spaces. Immediate evacuation of any student who tests positive for Covid or otherwise displays concerning health symptoms will be the responsibility of parents/guardians with assistance from DEC and NPS.
The 2023 season of Timber Tots runs June 7 through August 9 each Wednesday from 10-11 am.
Timber Tots is a toddler and preschool program that employs
storytelling, play, and art to provide meaningful outdoor experiences
for the whole family. Timber Tots will get your kids laughing,
learning, and exploring all the wonders the natural world offers!
For ages 2-5 – siblings are welcome!
This is an Outdoor Program. Please come dressed for the weather and prepared to explore!
Talkeetna Discovery Camp
Talkeetna Discovery Camp provides local youth with experiential learning adventures through hiking, exploring, and discovering the diverse habitats of the Northern Susitna Valley. This week-long day camp is open to students entering 1st through 8th grades.
2023 Summer Sessions
Week 1: July 10th – 14th (Waitlist only)
Boreal Scouts (students entering grades 1 and 2 in the fall) and Bedrock Detectives (students entering grades 3 and 4 in the fall)
Week 2: July 17th – 21st (Susitna Explorers – Waitlist only)
Susitna Explorers (students entering grades 5 and 6 in the fall) and Mountain Voyagers (students entering grades 7 and 8 in the fall)
Register here for Mountain Voyagers, or to place your child on the waitlist!