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Denali's Dinosaurs

from Denali National Park and Preserve

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Denali was created to protect wild animals, but it also protects some of the most expansive and significant dinosaur trackways in the world. During this Distance Learning program, students travel back in time with a ranger to learn about how the predator-prey interactions of Denali’s dinosaurs mirror those of wild animals in Denali today. By comparing animal dynamics in present-day and Cretaceous Denali to a natural area near their home, students discover that we can use our knowledge from different locations and times to understand the interconnections of the natural world.

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30 minutes (K-2); 45-60 minutes (3-5)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences Geology

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Booking Information

Denali's Dinosaurs 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 and Preserve
2. Introduction to paleontology
3. Travel back in time to Cretaceous period
4. (Grades 3-5) Learn about the clues that Denali's dinosaurs left behind
5. (Grades 3-5) Discuss how environments change through time
6. (Grades 3-5) Consider the value of protected areas during times of environmental change
7. Questions and answers


Students will:

Learn that Denali National Park and Preserve is a protected area in the subarctic where predator-prey relationships take place without human interference, just like they did in the time of dinosaurs.

Explore how Denali and many other natural places are homes for wild animals, and also hold clues to the past such as fossils of wild animals that used to live there.

Compare the diet, physical features, and social habits of animals that live in Denali today (wolves and caribou) and dinosaurs that lived here 70 million years ago (hadrosaurs and troodontids).

(Grades 3-5 only) Learn about the types of fossils that have been found in Denali including bones, tracks, skin impressions, and coprolites. Make the connection that modern animals leave behind similar clues every day.

(Grades 3-5 only) Discover that Denali’s climate has changed since the Cretaceous, and explore whether the environment may have changed over time near where the students live as well.

(Grades 3-5 only) Discuss whether the animals that live in Denali may change as the climate warms, and consider the value of protected areas in a changing environment.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed
Grades K-2: K-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1 3-LS3-2
Grades 3-5: 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4; 4-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1