Animal Adaptations - Subarctic Survival in Denali (FREE)

by  Denali Education Center

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This program introduces ecological, environmental and cultural aspects of Denali National Park & Preserve. Students will learn about Denali National Park & Preserve and how various animals have adapted to overcome challenges in this subarctic environment. Students will engage through course materials, interactive activities, videos and Q&A. Videos will be embedded in the presentation, however, links can be provided in case of a poor internet connection or difficulty streaming.

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50 minutes for 3rd-5th grade.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

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Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify Denali Education Center at kellie@denali.org or (907) 733-7003 if you need to cancel or reschedule a program. Another group may be able to take your place. There is no cancellation fee.

Please note: In the event that your school is closed the day of your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program.

About This Provider

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Denali Education Center

Denali Park, AK
United States

Since 1989 Denali Education Center has been a non-profit educational partner of Denali National Park and Preserve. Through our partnership with Denali National Park and Preserve we have been able to give virtual visitors, Alaska residents, and summer explorers of all ages the chance to form lasting connections to Denali and their natural world.

As Denali Education Center enters its fourth decade, we continue to provide fun, informative, and inspiring programs to the Denali community and its visitors. Through our multi-day learning vacations, day programs, special events, youth programs, and virtual field trips we are building lifelong friendships, creating lasting memories, and facilitating a new generation of land stewards for Alaska and beyond.

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Program Details


1. Introduce the subarctic, definition of adaptation, and Denali National Park & Preserve.
2. Discuss animals that live in Denali.
3. Learn about how lynx, moose and bears are adapted for life in Denali.
4. Watch "live" videos from Denali and answer interactive questions.
5. Time allowed for questions and answers.


1. Students will be able to define adaptation and the subarctic.
2. Students will be able to identify challenges with living in the subarctic.
3. Students will be able to describe physical and behavioral adaptations in a few Denali animals.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2D 3-5 -- Weather and climate
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1D 3-5 -- Information Processing
LS3A 3-5 -- Inheritance of traits
LS3B 3-5 -- Variation of traits
LS4B 3-5 -- Natural selection
LS4C 3-5 -- Adaptation
LS4D 3-5 -- Biodiversity and humans