Getting on/off a bus. Driving into Denali National Park, approximately 5 hours total aboard, with rest stops every 1-1.5 hours. Walking up to 2-miles throughout the day; opportunities for more walking dependent on personal preference.
At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy a breakfast with rotating selections, such as eggs, hot and cold cereals, granola, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and water.
After breakfast, we'll head to Denali National Park for a short hike before our bus trip into the park. Our field educators will point out historic building remains as we embark on a trip "back in time" to the early days of the Park. Once we've completed our hike, we’ll board a bus and travel deep into the Park on a journey into the wilderness. Along the way, we’ll enjoy commentary about the park from our bus driver and on-board educator while we take in breathtaking views of the many peaks of the Alaska Range. Have your cameras ready, the ride offers a good chance to view Denali's wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and more!
Out in the field, we’ll eat the to-go lunches we packed after breakfast, featuring cold cuts and other sandwich fixings, snacks, and fresh fruit.
As you traverse the landscape, your on-board educator will keep their eyes peeled for wildlife and learning opportunities. Throughout the day, your educator will explain the history, ecology, and cultural significance of Denali National Park. Opportunities to stretch your legs will be available throughout the trip. Typically, restrooms are available every 1-1.5 hours. We will stop periodically to observe wildlife when sighted and for photo opportunities.
At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy delicious local fare for dinner. This may include locally sourced vegetables, homemade breads, and a dessert that will leave you wanting more. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.
We'll join together for an evening presentation. Evening presentation topics and locations will vary depending on local speaker availability. Presentation topics range from predator-prey relationships to climbing Denali. The schedule for evening presenters at the Denali Education Center will be announced on the first day of the program.