2515
Denali National Park
Intergenerational: Tracks & Trails — Discovering Denali’s Secrets
Set out on an adventure as big as Alaska itself as you hike in Denali's wilderness, raft the Nenana River, visit a sled dog kennel, and learn about the Native Alaskan culture!
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Program No. 2515RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Independent arrivals and introductions
Denali National Park
D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Note: This program has been developed for youth ages 9-11

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Introductions and an overview of our daily activities and program itinerary.

DAY
2
Hike Savage River Loop
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: All meals take place in Riverside Hall, our combined dining hall and classroom space. Each morning we will offer a varied and balance breakfast option. All meals are served buffet style, allowing your to determine your own portions. For those who prefer, each morning we also feature a hot and cold cereal bar.

Morning: Travel 15 miles down the Park Road and hike the Savage River Trail. Explore the tundra plants, ground squirrels, and birds that live alongside the river.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the field. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to pack your own lunch and tailor it to your tastes before striking out on one of Denali's trails.

Afternoon: Grandparents and Grandkids work together to make Yup'ik-style spirit masks. Together with your educator you will delve into the traditional role these masks played in Alaska Native cultures.

Dinner: Each evening dinners are also served Buffet style in our Riverside Hall. The menu will vary throughout your stay though we strive to provide healthy and balance meal options.

Evening: Guest speaker TBA. Schedule for expert local evening presenters in Denali will be announced on first day of program.

DAY
3
Rafting the Nenana River!
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Glacier whitewater gradually increases from mild Class 1 moving currents to exciting Class III/IV rapids in the lower canyon.

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem in “Exploring the Subarctic.” Everyone attends first hour of class, then grandkids depart for a guided hike on the Oxbow Trail while grandparents continue with class and delve deeper into the subarctic.

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Join your grand kids on the exciting glacially fed Nenana River. The rapids gradually increase from a mild Class 1 current to an exhilarating Class III/IV in the lower part of the canyon.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Guest speaker TBA. Schedule for expert local evening presenters in Denali will be announced on first day of program.

DAY
4
Journey to the Heart of the Park
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

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. Grandparents and grandchildren travel together to the Visitor Center at Mile 66 of the Denali National Park road. Be sure to keep your eyes pealed for wildlife as grizzly bear, moose, Dall sheep, caribou, and wolves all make their homes along Denali's road corridor.

Lunch: In the field

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: This evening enjoy some free time to rest, relax, and unwind after your exciting day in the Park.

DAY
5
Wildlife of Denali
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Learn more about the extraordinary animals that call Denali home and their marvelous adaptations to life at high latitudes in “Wildlife of Denali.” After the first hour, grandchildren depart for a 4.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of up to 1,800 feet while grandparents continue learning about how Denali's creatures survive in the subarctic.

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Kids will eat lunch in the field. Grandparents depart for a two mile walk on the Oxbow Trail. After the hikes, grandparents and grandkids work together to put the finishing touches on their spirit masks. As the masks dry, Grandparents and kids work together to write a narrative for their mask.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Guest speaker TBA. Schedule for expert local evening presenters in Denali will be announced on first day of program.

DAY
6
Free Time together
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Grandparents: Explore the rich habitat of Horseshoe Lake on a 2-mile walk. Grandkids: take a 3-mile hike along the Triple Lakes Trails and work in teams to uncover the story of an animal that used the trail before you.

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Choose your own adventure. Grandparents and grandchildren may explore the Park independently, or partake in optional activities, such as flightseeing, sled dog kennel tours, hiking, etc. (Group Leaders will help arrange and confirm reservations for these optional activities.)

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: On this final evening take some time as a group to reflect on your time in Denali. Share stories of what inspired you, your favorite moment together, and what lessons you may be taking away from your time here.

DAY
7
Independent departures.
Denali National Park
B

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: After breakfast prepare your your independent departures. Group Leaders will be available to shuttle any parties that are departing via the railroad. -10 a.m. check-out.






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