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The Science of Sled Dogs

from Denali National Park and Preserve

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Denali National Park and Preserve is home to the only kennel of working sled dogs in the entire National Park Service! While many people think of the Iditarod when they think of Alaska, Denali's sled dogs aren't here to race. These freighting dogs help human rangers patrol and protect Denali's vast wilderness. 

Students in Grades 2-4 will discover the relationship between the challenges presented by a subarctic environment and the physical characteristics that make it easy for the canine rangers do their jobs.

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45-60 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4

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Booking Information

.The Science of Sled Dogs is offered from November 1 to March 31.

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali Park, AK
United States

Denali National Park and Preserve protects North America's tallest mountain, wild glacial landscapes, intact ecosystems, subarctic wildlife, a working kennel of sled dogs, dinosaur fossils, and a human history that extends from time immemorial. You can bring your K-12 class on a virtual field trip to Denali! We offer free, interactive, curriculum-based classroom presentations using Zoom from November 1 to March 31 every year.

Denali Education
(907) 683-9530

Program Details


1. Introduction to Denali National Park.
2. Introduction to a Denali sled dog
3. Learn about the adaptations of sled dogs
4. Interactive activities with the presenter
5. Questions and answers


Students will be able to:
1. Define adaptation.
2. Name and describe at least four different adaptations that make sled dogs suited to work in a subarctic environment.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
• 3-LS3-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms
• 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment
• 3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing

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