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Alaska’s National Parks: From Denali to Kenai

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Program #1012RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Susan from Jupiter, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/01/13 - 09/12/13
Denali/Kenai adventure was excellent. The youthful exuberance of the Denali Education Center staff coupled with their professionalism made our experience from lectures to hikes educational and fun. Life on the Kenai in Moose Pass at the Trail Lake Lodge was grand. More interesting lectures at the lodge and at the Alaskan Sea Life Center and great hikes as well as water excursions by raft or boat made our time there grand.

Suzanne from Bellevue, WA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/01/13 - 09/12/13
I just completed the Denali NP and Kenai Fjords NP 12 day program and I can't recommend it highly enough. It was so well organized, very educational, and the field trips were great!

ShuRong from Ballwin, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/14/13 - 07/25/13
Revised summer packing list for City Slickers: 1. A full body mosquito & fly net or donate all your blood beforehand. 2. Wear a windup watch. 3. Wear sunblock 24/7. 4. Wear ear plugs: Hear no bear roars when you await amazing Northern lights and aurora borealis from sunset to sunrise. 5. Google Glass will be idea for this picturesque and wildlife filled Last Frontier. Wear it instead of messing with a camera and binocular. (FYI: There's a fee based photographer class to teach you how to use your fancy, new camera.) 6. Fatten up and wear any accessories to make you appear big and tall to the wildlife (high heels, huge hat, backpack...). 7. Dress like an onion and wear the same pair of socks to smell like a stinky one to blend in with wildlife and learn how to peel off under a poncho. Messages from the bears: 1. Wear Depends during outdoor field trips. 2. Bring and hug a teddy bear, not bears. (I surely wanted to hug a cute 3 years old brown bear running the banks of Kenai River.) 3. Bring noise maker: Commercial Bell is for cows, a whistle works for Bear. Let bears know your presence: sing, argue, fight, and converse with others or yourself. Bring a solar powered mp3 player; make a playlist of all bear songs in case you are too tired / scared to sing or your voice & singing annoy bears. Painful exp.: City slickers, not any bear, got bear spray accidently all the time. No wonder Locals carry guns and have dogs, not bear spray. If you bring or near any Bear Spray, make sure you know what to do in case you get sprayed accidentally by this invisible "hot and spicy pepper spray" that dissipates to blind and choke you, makes you cough and experiences "I can't breathe!" near death horror. 4. Bear encounter: Don't run, look big and back off with respect. Moose encounter: Run around for your life. When encounter both: Take pictures if / when they fight each other, otherwise, serve as your last Will and Testament. 5. Get used to Bear Hugs. Have fun.

Pamelia from Yarmouth, ME Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 08/11/13 - 08/22/13
Put the Denali/Kenai program at the top of your "bucket" list.

Lydia from Fresno, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 08/11/13 - 08/22/13
If you are interested in learning aboutt Alaskan flora adn fauna and the animals that live there to better understanding the world of 8 month of winter and four of summer, take this Program. YOu will not be disappointed in meeting people, learning about their jobs and interests. This program demonstrates the Heart of Alaska.

Nickie from Westlake Village, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/28/13 - 08/08/13
I found the Denali/Kenai Alaska trip to be a wonderful experience. I went at the beginning of August and the weather was delightful. Hikes were well paced. We got to go places that are not available to the average traveler. There was a lot of variety in the activities. Interest level was high throughout.

Richard from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/20/13
Staying at the Trail Lake Lodge in Moose Gap was perfect! Served as a terrific base camp to explore the Kenai. Bo, the chocolate lab, saw us off every evening and greeted us upon our return in the evening. Float planes on the beautiful lake added to the serenity of the beautiful location. And the Denali Education Center and its staff were the highlight of our trip while in Denali. Both locations were ideal, the food was great, and the people we met along the way were great. This was our first Road Scholar trip and we're already planning our next because of how wonderful our Alaska trip was.

Priscilla from San Antonio, TX Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/26/13 - 06/06/13
This was a wonderful combination of inland Alaska at Denali National Park and the coastal area on the Kenai Peninsula. This was early spring for Alaska and during the time we were there we actually saw the change from winter to the greening of the countryside. The weather was wonderful and layering is the key. We saw animals and beautiful scenery in both areas. The lectures were quite informative and varied. Having several days in each location really allowed us to feel that we got to know both areas. The accommodations in both locations were simple but comfortable and the meals were great.

Alice Ann from Hendersonville, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/26/13 - 06/06/13
If you want to see wilderness and wild animals roaming free in Denali National Park while you learn about them and about native people who live in the area, this is a fabulous opportunity.

Gayle from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/13/12
This was one of the best trips I've done. Fall is a beautiful time of year in Alaska. Everyone involved, the leaders, guides, teachers, employees we encountered were great. I heartily recommend this program to anyone interested in seeing and learning about this unique place.

Anne from Joplin, MO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/08/12 - 07/19/12
We both enjoyed the program very much. Always wanted to go inland in Alaska. Every where you looked you could have framed the picture. Road Scholar programs are always well planned and the instructors are the best. Rowena, e-mail me, please. We have been on 20 and 21 programs and always learn and see new and interesting things. Housing at Trail Lake Lodge could use a little inexpensive improvements or maybe a place in Seward. But with Elderhostel as with Road Scholar, you learn to go with the flow and all you remember later are the really good and fun happenings.

Rowena from Fort Defiance, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/08/12 - 07/19/12
We loved our stay at Denali Learning Center and Trail Lake Lodge. At the Denali Learning Center, we were especially treated to wholesome, healthy, delicious food. Our instructors were great at both locations.Lodging was very adequate at both locations! Both had beautiful views !


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"Visitors enjoy a home-cooked meal on the Denali Education Center’s rustic campus, overlooking the Nenana River and the eastern boundary of Denali National Park. " Uploaded By: Mollie

"A pair of grizzly bears roam near the Toklat River in Denali National Park. " Uploaded By: Mollie

"Alex Lee, lead instructor at the Denali Education Center, teaches program participants about the Denali ecosystem on a hike around Horseshoe Lake. " Uploaded By: Mollie

"A hiker learns about the flora in Denali National Park." Uploaded By: Mollie

"Participants having fun before departing on the bus to go hiking in Denali National Park. " Uploaded By: Mollie

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