CATEGORY: 3-4, 5-6, STEMLinc

The Science of Sled Dogs

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conference: Denali National Park and Preserve is home to the only kennel of working sled dogs in the entire National Park Service! While many people think of the Iditarod when they think of Alaska, Denali’s sled dogs aren’t here to race. These freighting dogs help human rangers patrol and protect Denali’s vast wilderness.  Only two opportunities annually to participate in this unique video conference!

This program is by ZOOM only.

Year Levels: 3 – 6

Duration: 50 – 60 minutes

STEM in a box:


Background information:

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.Each year, Denali aims to breed or adopt one litter of sled dogs. The dogs in a given litter are named after a theme of some kind, and a litter might have anywhere from one to six or more pups. These are Denali’s canine rangers!

Prior knowledge:

No prior knowledge required. A background PDF file is available here.

Learning intentions:

In this video conference students will:

  • define adaptation
  • name and describe at least five different adaptations that make sled dogs suited to work in a subarctic environment
  • learn the difference between physical and behavioral adaptions


In this video conference students will:

  • experience a pristine ecosystem on a virtual sled ride
  • engage in interactive activities with the presenter
  • have the opportunity for questions and answers
  • learn that Denali National Park and Preserve is a National Park in the subarctic where animals need to be adapted to survive and thrive in the cold
  • discuss how the adaptations of Denali’s sled dogs may or may not be helpful as winters in Denali get warmer due to climate change
  • discuss the adaptations of wild animals that live near the students’ homes

Victorian curriculum:

Science – Biological Sciences

  • Levels 3-4: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Levels 5-6: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)

IMPORTANT:  Cancellation Policy

    1. When you book you will receive an automated message from Eventbrite.  Save this carefully please.
    2. Any cancellations need to be received in time for STEMLinc to re-sell your tickets to other teachers.
    3. Please use the Eventbrite confirmation email to facilitate any cancellation of your booking.  That will automatically release your ticket for re-sale on our system.
Date and TimeTicket availableBooking link
Term Lesson Date/time Click to book (Note 1 ticket = a class of 25 students)