Below are a few of the exciting presentations we have in our rotation.
Making Mountains out of Mole Hills
A Rocking Geology Talk about How Denali Got So High
Denali, directly translated to mean “the high one,” is the largest mountain in North America. As part of the Alaska Range, Denali was created in part by tectonic activity from the Denali fault and the Hines Creek Fault. In this presentation, learn the stories behind these rocks and how they rose higher than any mountain in North America.
Polaris: The North Star
How & Why This Single Star Influenced Early Navigation
The North Star, also known as Polaris, is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor. This distant burning ball of gas served as a valuable tool to early explorers, guiding them across oceans and unfamiliar lands. In this visual and interactive presentation describing the dimension, location, and historical significance of Polaris, you’ll learn how Polaris helped early travelers. Come learn how to navigate using this celestial icon!
Colors of Kantishna: People and Events
The Personalities of Kantishna through the Years
Catch a glimpse through the history of Kantishna, from a pioneering gold mining district to a national park and preserve. Learn about the colorful personalities and events that have lead us to where we are today, and what the future holds for the Kantishna Roadhouse.
A Tail of Two Species
The Story of Wolves and Humans in Denali Park
For thousands of years, wolves have played a major role in the ecosystems of Denali, regulating a careful balance of caribou and similar animals. Now, humans and wolves must coexist in Denali Park. Come view this presentation on humans and Wolves, and the separation of our two species.
Glaciers of Denali
The History of Denali’s Glaciers
There are hundreds of glaciers throughout Denali, though most remain unnamed. These solid blocks of ice have been frozen in time for literally thousands of years, shaping mountains and cliffs and as they slide along rocks and valleys. Learn about how glaciers are formed, where they come from, how prevalent they’ve been historically, and our glaciers here in Denali.
How Early Denali Mountaineers Did the Unthinkable
The first group to summit Denali did so on June 7, 1913, but they weren’t the first ones to try. The true strength and grit of the early mountaineers paved the way for our modern climbers. Join this presentation to hear fun stories of those “crazies” and some information on present day “crazies.”
Adapt or Die
Survival in the Subarctic
Denali’s subarctic climate would be downright cruel to most animals, but those native to Denali have learned to adapt, because they had to survive. From the arctic ground squirrel to the grizzly bear, hibernation and layers of fur have helped these animals thrive for thousands of years. Join this presentation to learn how some of Denali’s most amazing creatures survive the extremes of the unique subarctic climate.