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24331
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Adventures Online: A Window into Alaska’s National Parks

Experience the majesty of Denali and Kenai Fjord national parks without leaving the comfort of your home during this online learning adventure, live from Alaska!
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Online Program

Adventures Online: A Window into Alaska’s National Parks

Experience the majesty of Denali and Kenai Fjord national parks without leaving the comfort of your home during this online learning adventure, live from Alaska!
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Program No. 24331 RJ
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Online Program
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

3 days
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Glaciers, Mountaineering, Dog Days
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

Journey from the northern subarctic lands of Denali National Park and Preserve to the southern glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park — all without leaving the comfort of your own home! With a naturalist and educator leading your studies live from Alaska, learn about the vast and various ecosystems that are found here and the people that have shaped them over time. Take virtual field trips along the Denali Park Road, to the Denali Park Kennels, and through Kenai Fjords National Park. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you attend lectures on topics from surviving in the subarctic to mountaineering on Mt. Denali, and enjoy presentations on the rich ecosystems of Denali and Kenai Fjord National Parks. From glaciers and rainforests to canine rangers and coastal birds, you’ll experience the very best of the Last Frontier on this virtual expedition!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Take a virtual field trip along the Denali Park Road, the only access into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve’s 6 million acres.
  • Get a glimpse into Denali life as you learn why people scale North America’s tallest peak and meet a park ranger who gives you insight into Denali’s sled dogs.
  • Enjoy a virtual field trip to Kenai Fjords National Park and learn about its diverse marine life and how glaciers shaped its landscape.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Nan Eagleson
Nan Eagleson has been living in Denali for more than 30 years. She is a naturalist for many ventures ranging from the Brooks Range to the Kenai Fjords. Nan has a particular fondness for birds and is versed in Alaska’s ecology from megafauna to lichens.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Nan Eagleson has been living in Denali for more than 30 years. She is a naturalist for many ventures ranging from the Brooks Range to the Kenai Fjords. Nan has a particular fondness for birds and is versed in Alaska’s ecology from megafauna to lichens.
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Hannah Noel is Denali Education Center’s Program Director and a longtime educational exploration leader in Denali and interior Alaska.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mount McKinley: The Pioneer Climbs
by Terris Moore
This book is a great resource for those interested in learning about Denali's mountaineering history and the early climbs on Mount McKinley- North America's highest peak.
Two in the Far North
by Margaret Murie
This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates. In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband and others, they founded The Wilderness Society. Mardy's work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee
Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.
Denali's Howl
by Andy Hall
In the summer of 1967, twelve young men ascended Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali. Engulfed by a once-in-alifetime blizzard, only five made it back down. Andy Hall, a journalist and son of the park superintendent at the time, was living in the park when the tragedy occurred and spent years tracking down rescuers, survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali’s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of the expedition in a powerful retelling that will mesmerize the climbing community as well as anyone interested in mega-storms and man’s sometimes deadly drive to challenge the forces of nature.
Last New Land
by Wayne Mergler
Through time, tales both oral and written have immortalized America's last wilderness. Editor Wayne Mergler scoured Alaska's literary tradition for the best writing the state has to offer and did not come up empty-handed. From the Native legends of the Creation to Jack London's stirring stories of frontier survival, to John Haines's more contemporary reflections on homesteading. The Last New Land gathers a rich and comprehensive sampling of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about the Northland.
Wildflowers of Denali National Park
by Verna E. Pratt
This book is considered a classic plant ID guide for the Denali area and is a good "picture guide" to many of the flowering plants of central Alaska, more specifically the Denali National Park & Preserve area. It is arranged by color of the flower and then loosely by the family of plant.
Arctic Village
by Robert Marshall
This classic is an original work of literature by one of America's foremost conservationists and is an account of the people of the north, both Native and white, who give Alaska its special human flavor. First published over fifty years ago, the book is still a favorite among old-time Alaskans and, over the years, has prompted numerous readers to pack up and move to Alaska.
Jimmy Blue Feather
by Kim Heacox
Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old and in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. He also thinks he thinks too much. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native, he’s the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together (with a few friends and a crazy but likeable dog named Steve) they embark on a great canoe journey. Suddenly all of Old Keb’s senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides, and storms. Nobody can find him. He and the others paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation.
Alaska: History of the 49th State
by Claus M. Naske
The largest by far of the fifty states, Alaska is also the one of greatest mystery and diversity. Geological forces have made its more than half-million square miles, a region of breathtaking beauty and awesome contrasts. And, as Claus-M. Naska and Herman E. Slotnick shows in this revised and updated edition of their book, the history and development of Alaska’s peoples has matched the diversity of its landscapes and seascapes.
Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez
Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, Arctic Dreams investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.
Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
by Velma Wallis
Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Wilderness of Denali
by Charles Sheldon
Originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1930, The Wilderness of Denali is a memoir of three years of hunting the area of Alaska surrounding Mt. McKinley. It is a classic of American adventure—a book written by a man who was willing to risk his life in pursuit of grizzly bears and the elusive mountain sheep. The account was written each night by campfire as Sheldon discovered what is still regarded as the most scenic wilderness in America.
Wilderness and the American Mind
by Roderick Nash
A classic study of America's changing attitudes toward wilderness since its initial publication in 1967. The Los Angeles Times has listed it among the one hundred most influential books published in the last quarter century, Outside Magazine has included it in a survey of "books that changed our world", and it has been called the "Book of Genesis for environmentalists."





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