2022 Winter Educators Conference Registration is Open

Iditarod Education Department Winter Educators Conference

“50 Years of Adventure Learning”

At the Lakefront Hotel, Iditarod Race Headquarters

March 1 – 4, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska


Registration is open for the Iditarod Winter Educators Conference and we can’t wait to see you! Whether you have used the Iditarod in your teaching for many years or have just begun using it, you will leave this conference with more and new lessons and ideas across multiple academic areas and grade levels as well as first hand Iditarod race experience you can’t get anywhere else.

NEW!  Educators in Alaska are able to register for single days at a special rate. Please use your Alaska school district email when you register and/or include your school name.

Monday, February 28:  Make arrangements to arrive on this day so you are rested and ready for non-stop activities and learning.

Tuesday, March 1, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Breakfast starts at 8. Workshop sessions led by Iditarod EDU staff, including our current Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Jim Deprez. Special session from Bryan Bearss, veteran Iditarod musher, now principal in the Anchorage School District.

Wednesday, March 2, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Field Trip Day! Ride a chartered bus to Iditarod headquarters to experience pre-race vet checks first hand, have lunch, and then visit Matthew Failor’s 17th Dog Kennel at Alaska Husky Adventures to meet the dogs! Lunch provided.

Thursday, March 3, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:   Breakfast starts at 8.  Continuing sessions to include the finalists for 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  This day ends with you attending the 50th Anniversary Musher Banquet in downtown Anchorage. Your ticket is included in your registration fee.

Friday, March 4, 9 a.m. – 12 noon: Speaker series:  We are lining up esteemed speakers from all aspects of the race – authors, past mushers, and race personnel.  The main conference ends at 12 on Friday.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: I.C.E. add-on Become an Iditarod Certified Educator! More information here: Get I.C.E.d

Additional information:

–  In the registration form where it says “company”, please put your school name.

  Attendees will be able to stay at the Lakefront Hotel for the volunteer room rate. We will let you know when you can start making those reservations. 

  Consider planning your visit to include the March 5, 2022 Saturday morning Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage.

  Stay even longer and attend the 50th Anniversary Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race re-start in Willow, AK, on March 6, 2022.

Session and speaker specifics coming next!


All attendees must abide by the Iditarod Trail COVID-19 policy.

Send questions or ask to be added to the conference information email list.

Jane Holmes, Director of Education, at jane.holmes@iditarod.com