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 campus 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 providing them with opportunities to experience, explore, and discover untouched landscapes along with their peers. All youth programs teach and practice the principles of Leave No Trace. Unlock the appreciation, leadership, and stewardship we all possess with the Denali Education Center.
Denali Education Center was very excited to merge with the Northern Susitna Institute in 2020 and is even more excited to offer Youth Programs based out of the Talkeetna Campus for summer of 2022.
Protection of Public Health: Covid-19 and other public health mitigations for Denali Education Center Youth Programs are still being developed. Vaccinations will not be 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.
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 that the natural world has to offer!
For ages 2-5 – siblings welcome!
Please Note: This is an Outdoor Program.
Please come dressed for the weather and prepared to explore!
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.
2022 Summer Sessions
Week 1: July 11th – 15th
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 18th – 22nd
Susitna Explorers (students entering grades 5 and 6 in the fall) and Mountain Voyagers (students entering grades 7 and 8 in the fall)