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The Science of Sled Dogs

from Denali National Park and Preserve

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Denali National Park and Preserve hosts the US government's only dog-sled team. It can be hard to get here, but you can bring Denali into your classroom instead!

The education staff at Denali can visit your classroom for free via the internet if your school has the ability to use Zoom. Using a videoconferencing connection, our staff will spend an hour teaching your class about Denali's amazing natural resources using interactive lessons and activities.

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Pre-conference activity takes about 1 hour, Zoom Distance Learning Program runs 50 - 60 minutes.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

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No Minimum

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Our programs are interactive and designed to serve one standard class size.

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Distance Learning Programs are available November 2nd - March 11th.

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali Park, AK
United States

Denali National Park and Preserve is an environment of extreme temperatures, tall mountains, glacial landscapes, and more. Do you wish you could bring your class to Denali? The Education staff at the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) at Denali National Park and Preserve have created free, interactive classroom presentations that you and your students can participate in using Zoom on the internet.

Rachel Jencks

Program Details


1. Introduction to Denali National Park.
2. Introduction to "Chinook" 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.
3. List four positions on a sled dog team.

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
• 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
• 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment

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