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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 Jul 14 — Jul 25, 2013

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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: $117/room/night plus tax
Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Independent arrivals and Introductions
Arrive To: Independent arrivals, noon to 5pm.

Afternoon: Orientation.

Dinner: 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: $117/room/night plus tax
Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - Meet the sled dogs of Denali
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

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

Lunch: In the field

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

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

Dinner: 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: $117/room/night plus tax
Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Welcome to the Subarctic
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

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

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Explore the the world's largest biome, the northern boreal forest, on an optional guided walk along the Roadside or Rock Creek trail. Up to 3 miles and 400 ft elevation change.

Dinner: 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: $117/room/night plus tax
Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Journey to the heart of the Park
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife watching opportunities on a day-long 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: 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: $117/room/night plus tax
Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Wildlife of Denali
Breakfast: 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: 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: 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: $117/room/night plus tax
Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Hiking near DEC campus
Breakfast: 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 a guided walk along the shores of the Nenana River, opposite our campus. The walk is 2 miles with 25 ft of elevation change. Or, opt for a more strenuous hiking adventure.

Lunch: 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: 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, July 20 - Through the Alaska Range to Moose Pass
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

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

Lunch: In the field

Dinner: 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, July 21 - Exit Glacier and Behind-the-Scenes tour at Alaska...
Breakfast: Trail Lake Lodge

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

Lunch: Alaska Sea Life Center, Bear Mountain Conference Room

Afternoon: Enjoy a Ranger-led interpretive walk to the toe of Exit Glacier. Up to 1 mile and 50 ft of elevation gain.

Dinner: Trail Lake Lodge

Evening: Evening presentation: “My Alaska Experience” with Rosella Ikerd

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, July 22 - Kenai River float trip and Trail Lake Hatchery
Breakfast: 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: 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 Ten: Tuesday, July 23 - Kenai Fjords National Park Marine Wildlife Cruise
Breakfast: Trail Lake Lodge

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

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: Guided small boat tour to 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: 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, July 24 - Marine studies at the Alaska SeaLife Center
Breakfast: 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: Seward

Afternoon: Choose your own adventure. Recommended exhibits and presentations include: Qutekcak Native Tribe Culture Center; Native Alaskan Presentations & Stories from the Elders, Seward Museum for “The History of Seward,” and Two Lakes Trail nature hike with Carol Griswold.

Dinner: Trail Lake Lodge

Evening: Program wrap-up.

Lodging: Kenai Peninsula Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Thursday, July 25 - Independent departures.
Breakfast: Trail Lake Lodge

Morning: Independent departures. 10 am check-out time.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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