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Photographer's Paradise: Denali National Park in Fall Foliage

Program Number: 18588RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/31/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Denali National Park, Alaska
Price starting at: $1,595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography; National Parks
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Catch the spirit of the Denali wilderness and capture memories of the journey in stunning photographs. Denali National Park, a pristine wilderness known for brilliant hues, striking shadows and awe-inspiring animals, is a haven for wildlife and professional photographers alike. In fall, the peaks of the Alaska Range are draped in snow, lower elevations are covered in spectacularly patterned fall colors, and the sky is astonishingly clear.




Highlights

• Photo opportunities abound on a daylong bus expedition into the heart of the park.
• Master the basics of digital photography while discovering this vast subarctic ecosystem.
• Hone your landscape, macro and wildlife photography skills with expert hands-on instruction.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles over a variety of surfaces, from packed trails to brushy, wet tundra. Elevation gains of up to 250 feet; elevations up to 3,900 feet.




Date Specific Information

8-25-2013

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Coordinated by Denali Education Center




Denali National Park

Established in 1917, this 6 million-acre wilderness is home to 20,320 foot Mount McKinley, and wildlife such as moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bear, and is considered one of the most intact sub-arctic ecosystems in the world.



Accommodations
Rustic cabins in a quiet wooded campus, situated on the banks of the Nenana River. Cabins have two bedrooms and one bath.
Meals and Lodgings
   Denali Education Center
  Denali National Park 7 nights
 Denali Education Center
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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $117/room/night plus tax Please call (907) 683-2597 or contact roadscholarprograms@denali.org to reserve a room for additional nights.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in and register any time between noon and 5 pm. Orientation begins at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Denali Education Center that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast. Check out by 10 a.m. You will be staying at Denali Education Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants must sign and return both the Participant Information & Supplemental forms.
  Parking availability:
There is a free public parking lot 1/4 of a mile from campus.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Denali National Park
  Nearest city or town:  Fairbanks
  Nearest highway: George Parks Highway
  Nearest airport:  Fairbanks
  From End of Program
  Location: Denali National Park
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Anchorage

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Alaska Railroad
phone: 800-544-0552
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$150
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7.5 hours 

   

Use a taxi to get from the airport or hotel to the train station in Anchorage. The Denali Education Center provides transportation from the train station to campus once you arrive in Denali. If you arrive via the Alaska Railroad, please make sure you have “Denali Education Center” and your name written on a tag on the outside of your luggage. There will be a program coordinator waiting at the Denali depot (there is only one stop in Denali) to meet you and bring you to our campus.

 

Fairbanks

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Alaska Railroad
phone: 800-544-0552
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$66 train from Fairbanks to Denali
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

   

Use a taxi to get from the airport or hotel to the train station in Fairbanks. The Denali Education Center provides transportation from the train station to campus once you arrive in Denali. If you arrive via the Alaska Railroad, please make sure you have “Denali Education Center” and your name written on a tag on the outside of your luggage. There will be a program coordinator waiting at the Denali depot (there is only one stop in Denali) to meet you and bring you to our campus.

 

Anchorage

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Park Connection motor coach
phone: 800-266-8625
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$80 - $90
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5.5 hours 

   

The Park Connection motor coach picks up in downtown Anchorage. The same coach stops in Denali at the McKinley Village Lodge, a three minute walk from our campus. The Denali Education Center provides transportation, on request, from the McKinley Village Lodge to our campus.

 
Driving Directions
  Anchorage or Fairbanks The Denali Education Center is located on the east side of the Parks Highway at Milepost 231, behind the McKinley Village Lodge (240 miles north of Anchorage, and 125 miles south of Fairbanks). From the highway, turn into the McKinley Village Lodge driveway, continue downhill and straight ahead. Travel down the narrow one-way drive through the hotel property until it reaches a large parking lot. The Denali Education Center is located on the far side of this lot. After you check in and unload your bags you will be asked to park your car or RV in a free parking lot in front of the McKinley Village Lodge for the duration of your stay at Denali.
Elevation Note: Up to 3,900 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Digital camera, memory, batteries, battery charger, and USB cable for downloading your photos onto a shared laptop for the participant slide show at the end of this program. A personal laptop is recommended in order to view and edit your photos. Waterproof footwear with ankle support and proper rain gear are both highly recommended.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals & Introductory Class
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals, noon to 5pm.
 Dinner: Riverside Hall
 Evening: Introduction to work flow for digital nature photography.
 Evening: Orientation and introductions.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Nature Photography
(Monday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: Riverside Hall
 Morning: Introduction to exposure control, composition, and lighting.
 Lunch: Riverside Hall
 Afternoon: Photo expedition to Savage River in Denali National Park.
 Dinner: Riverside Hall
 Evening: Guest speaker TBA. Schedule for expert local evening presenters in Denali will be announced on first day of program.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Macro and Landscape: Beauty to Scale
(Tuesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Riverside Hall
 Morning: Methods and Techniques. Essentials of macro and landscape photography.
 Lunch: In the field
 Afternoon: Hone your vision while you pursue brilliant macro photo opportunities on the trail to Triple Lakes in Denali National Park.
 Dinner: Riverside Hall
 Evening: Practice landscape photography in the evening light along Stampede Rd.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meet the Dogs, Intro to Photoshop, Wildlife Slide Show
(Wednesday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: Riverside Hall
 Morning: Basic Photoshop techniques for nature photography. Winter photography; tips and techniques for digital work in cold weather.
 Lunch: In the field
 Afternoon: Field trip to nearby lakes.
 Dinner: Riverside Hall
 Evening: Guest speaker TBA.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Journey to the Heart of the Park
(Thursday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Riverside Hall
 Morning: Day-long journey into Denali National Park. Search for Denali's most popular subjects: bear, moose, wolves, caribou, and the tallest mountain in North America.
 Lunch: In the field
 Dinner: Riverside Hall
 Evening: Edit photos for slideshow on Friday evening.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sunrise in Broad Pass. Participant slide show at night.
(Friday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Riverside Hall
 Morning: Capture the brilliance of autumn in the Alaska Range at sunrise in Broad Pass.
 Lunch: Riverside Hall
 Afternoon: Free time. Rest. Relax. Hike. Explore the Park on your own. Partake of optional activities like flight seeing, rafting, or meeting the competitive sled dogs of Denali.
 Afternoon: Advanced field and Photoshop techniques.
 Dinner: Riverside Hall
 Evening: Slide show featuring photography done by participants throughout the course.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures
(Saturday, August 31)
   
 Breakfast: Riverside Hall
 Morning: Independent departures. Check-out at 10 am.
   
Accommodations: Denali Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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