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Denali: The High One (Geology of the Mountain)

from Denali National Park and Preserve

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Denali National Park and Preserve hosts the tallest mountain in North America. 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 ~ 60 minutes.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

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

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Booking Information

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

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

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No charge for cancellations

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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
2. Define the word mountain and learn the difference between elevation and relief
3. Interactive activity with presenter
4. Learn about plate tectonics
5. Interactive activity with presenter
6. Learn about the rain shadow effect
7. Learn about glaciers
8. Interactive oobleck activity
9. Questions and answers


Students will be able to:
1. Use a chart to compare the elevations of mountains in the U.S. to the elevation of Denali.
2. Explain the difference between elevation and relief and how this impacts our perception of mountain height.
3. Describe how Denali and other high mountains can impact weather and climate, and how the Alaska Range creates a rain shadow on its north side.
4. Conceptualize that some mountain ranges are formed due to tectonic plates colliding
and subducting.
5. Describe how glaciers form and flow.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
• 4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation
• 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
• MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.
• MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
• MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

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