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Program #1012RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
Trip participants will travel to 3900 feet during a trip into Denali National Park.

Equipment Requirements
Waterproof footwear with ankle support and proper rain gear are highly recommended.

Itinerary for May 25 — Jun 5, 2014

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Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 25 - Independent arrivals and Introductions
Arrive To: Independent arrivals, noon to 5 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall.

Evening: Introductions.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 26 - Meet the sled dogs of Denali
Breakfast: At Riverside Hall.

Morning: Get oriented to the landscape and introduced to the history of Denali National Park on an interpretive exploration that travels the first 17 miles of the Park Road.

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Meet the four-legged heroes of Denali and watch a mushing demonstration at the only park in the U.S. National Park Service system that has a kennel of working sled dogs.

Afternoon: Explore Denali's state-of-the-art Visitor Center.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall.

Evening: Guest speaker TBA. Schedule for expert local evening presenters in Denali will be announced on first day of program.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 27 - Exploring the Subarctic
Breakfast: At Riverside Hall.

Morning: Learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem in “Exploring the Subarctic.”

Lunch: At Riverside Hall.

Afternoon: Explore the the world's largest biome, the northern boreal forest, on an optional guide led walk along the roadside or Rock Creek trail. Up to three miles and 400 feet elevation change.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall.

Evening: Guest speaker TBA.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 28 - Journey to the heart of the Park
Breakfast: At Riverside Hall.

Morning: Enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife-watching opportunities on a daylong journey into Denali National Park by shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center.

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Want to hike independently in this pristine wilderness? We invite you to leave the bus behind and travel cross-country at any time throughout the day.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 29 - Wildlife of Denali
Breakfast: At Riverside Hall.

Morning: Discover the extraordinary animals that call Denali home and learn about their marvelous adaptations to life at high latitudes in “Wildlife of Denali.”

Lunch: At Riverside Hall.

Afternoon: Explore the rich habitat of Horseshoe Lake. Join an expert naturalist for a 1.5-mile round-trip walk with 250 feet elevation change.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall.

Evening: Guest speaker TBA.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 30 - Hiking near DEC campus
Breakfast: At Riverside Hall.

Morning: Explore the piece of the park closest to your home away from home on your choice of trails. Join an expert naturalist for an expert-led walk along the shores of the Nenana River, opposite our campus. The walk is two miles with 25 feet of elevation change. Or, opt for a more strenuous hiking adventure.

Lunch: At Riverside Hall.

Afternoon: Free time to rest and relax, explore the park independently, or pursue optional activities like rafting, flightseeing or visiting the kennels of an Iditarod champion.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall.

Evening: Guest speaker TBA.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Kenai Peninsula Learning Center is a full-service lodge located on the beautiful shore of upper Trail Lodge in the Chugach Mountains, 28 miles north of Seward. Travel between Moose Pass and Seward takes approximately one hour each day. Rooms are double occupancy with either two twin beds or one queen bed, and all rooms have private baths. Please indicate on the Supplemental form your bed preference and if you require first floor accommodations due to limited mobility.

Contact info:
PO Box 5
Moose Pass, AK 99631 USA
phone: 907-288-3101
web: www.traillakelodge.com

Room amenities: A TV with limited channels is available in each room.

Facility amenities: Internet access is available, but no laundry facilities at Moose Pass.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $109
Rooms are available before and after the program. Rates depend upon the time of year. Call 907-288-3101 for rates and to make a reservation.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Seven: Saturday, May 31 - Through the Alaska Range to Moose Pass
Breakfast: At Riverside Hall.

Morning: Enjoy a scenic motor coach journey to Moose Pass on the Kenai Peninsula. Hope for a glimpse of Mount McKinley as you pass through Denali State Park. Rest stops en route are scheduled for photographs and lunch.

Lunch: In the field.

Dinner: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Evening: Evening presentation: "Alaska ... A Global Perspective"

Lodging: Kenai Peninsula Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Kenai Peninsula Learning Center is a full-service lodge located on the beautiful shore of upper Trail Lodge in the Chugach Mountains, 28 miles north of Seward. Travel between Moose Pass and Seward takes approximately one hour each day. Rooms are double occupancy with either two twin beds or one queen bed, and all rooms have private baths. Please indicate on the Supplemental form your bed preference and if you require first floor accommodations due to limited mobility.

Contact info:
PO Box 5
Moose Pass, AK 99631 USA
phone: 907-288-3101
web: www.traillakelodge.com

Room amenities: A TV with limited channels is available in each room.

Facility amenities: Internet access is available, but no laundry facilities at Moose Pass.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $109
Rooms are available before and after the program. Rates depend upon the time of year. Call 907-288-3101 for rates and to make a reservation.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eight: Sunday, June 01 - Exit Glacier and Behind-the-Scenes exploration at...
Exit Glacier and Behind-the-Scenes exploration at Alaska SeaLife Center

Breakfast: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Morning: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes exploration at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Learn about the center’s marine wildlife research, rehabilitation projects and life-support systems. Discover what it takes to care for seals, sea lions, octopus, seabirds and 154 species of fish.

Lunch: At Alaska Sea Life Center, Bear Mountain Conference Room.

Afternoon: Enjoy a ranger-led interpretive walk to the toe of Exit Glacier. Up to one mile and 50 feet of elevation gain.

Dinner: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Evening: Evening presentation: Glaciers & Glaciology.

Lodging: Kenai Peninsula Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Kenai Peninsula Learning Center is a full-service lodge located on the beautiful shore of upper Trail Lodge in the Chugach Mountains, 28 miles north of Seward. Travel between Moose Pass and Seward takes approximately one hour each day. Rooms are double occupancy with either two twin beds or one queen bed, and all rooms have private baths. Please indicate on the Supplemental form your bed preference and if you require first floor accommodations due to limited mobility.

Contact info:
PO Box 5
Moose Pass, AK 99631 USA
phone: 907-288-3101
web: www.traillakelodge.com

Room amenities: A TV with limited channels is available in each room.

Facility amenities: Internet access is available, but no laundry facilities at Moose Pass.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $109
Rooms are available before and after the program. Rates depend upon the time of year. Call 907-288-3101 for rates and to make a reservation.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Monday, June 02 - Kenai River float trip and Trail Lake Hatchery
Breakfast: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Morning: Visit the Trail Lake Hatchery, which produces sockeye, coho and chinook salmon for release at selected sites throughout the Cook Inlet watershed. The hatchery strives to help educate the public about salmon biology, fisheries management issues and various techniques used by fisheries technicians in the field.

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Raft the Kenai River on a serene two-hour float. Watch for moose, eagles, Dall sheep, salmon, waterfowl, beaver and bears as you float. Take in the snow-capped mountains of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hear the stories behind the sights.

Dinner: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Evening: Evening presentation

Lodging: Kenai Peninsula Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Kenai Peninsula Learning Center is a full-service lodge located on the beautiful shore of upper Trail Lodge in the Chugach Mountains, 28 miles north of Seward. Travel between Moose Pass and Seward takes approximately one hour each day. Rooms are double occupancy with either two twin beds or one queen bed, and all rooms have private baths. Please indicate on the Supplemental form your bed preference and if you require first floor accommodations due to limited mobility.

Contact info:
PO Box 5
Moose Pass, AK 99631 USA
phone: 907-288-3101
web: www.traillakelodge.com

Room amenities: A TV with limited channels is available in each room.

Facility amenities: Internet access is available, but no laundry facilities at Moose Pass.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $109
Rooms are available before and after the program. Rates depend upon the time of year. Call 907-288-3101 for rates and to make a reservation.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 03 - Kenai Fjords National Park Marine Wildlife Cruise
Breakfast: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Morning: Free time at Seward's Small Boat Harbor area.

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Expert-led small boat exploration of Resurrection Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park: a great opportunity to spot marine mammals, shorebirds and pelagic birds in their strikingly beautiful natural habitat.

Dinner: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Kenai Peninsula Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Kenai Peninsula Learning Center is a full-service lodge located on the beautiful shore of upper Trail Lodge in the Chugach Mountains, 28 miles north of Seward. Travel between Moose Pass and Seward takes approximately one hour each day. Rooms are double occupancy with either two twin beds or one queen bed, and all rooms have private baths. Please indicate on the Supplemental form your bed preference and if you require first floor accommodations due to limited mobility.

Contact info:
PO Box 5
Moose Pass, AK 99631 USA
phone: 907-288-3101
web: www.traillakelodge.com

Room amenities: A TV with limited channels is available in each room.

Facility amenities: Internet access is available, but no laundry facilities at Moose Pass.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $109
Rooms are available before and after the program. Rates depend upon the time of year. Call 907-288-3101 for rates and to make a reservation.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 04 - Marine studies at the Alaska SeaLife Center
Breakfast: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Morning: Learn more about the rich marine world of Alaska in a class at the SeaLife Center, Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean-wildlife rescue center.

Lunch: In Seward.

Afternoon: Choose your own adventure. Recommended exhibits and presentations include: the 1964 Earthquake movie at the Seward Library, the Seward Museum, hike the Two Lakes Trail, walk the Bay front trail from downtown to the boat harbor, shop the unique shop and galleries of Seward. Or arrange for a flightseeing tour, sea kayaking tour or a Sled Dog tour with three time Iditarod Champions-The Seavey Family.

Dinner: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Evening: Program wrap-up.

Lodging: Kenai Peninsula Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Thursday, June 05 - Independent departures.
Breakfast: At Trail Lake Lodge.

Morning: Independent departures with 10 a.m. check-out time.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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11 nights of accommodations
32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips

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