Author: Jane Holmes (43 posts)


Writing to Mushers: Steps for Success

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below. Send an email to Jane Holmes, Director of Education at jane.holmes@iditarod.com to receive by email the postal contact information for mushers who agree to receive letters from …

Summer Reading – Gripping Adventure for Adult Readers

Our adult reading list is a gold mine of personal and race information.  It includes fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs from some of your favorite Iditarod mushers past and present, pilots, photographers, and dog sledding aficionados.  If you need to “think cool thoughts” in the heat of August, these books will entertain and inform you. Recommended …

Trailside Discovery Camp Discovers the Iditarod Trail

Trailside Discovery Camp, Russian Jack Springs Park Trying on gear – future musher? Marilyn shares what her daughter, Meredith, sends out on the Iditarod Trail. Vinson from Fun on the Run Kennel was the perfect sled dog model. Trailside Discovery Camp, Kincaid Park   Thanks to Trailside Discovery Camp in Anchorage for inviting the Iditarod …

2003 Teacher on the Trail Cassandra Brady’s Most Memorable Moment

My adventures on the trail took place a long time ago – before Wi-fi, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In those days in Alaska, finding Internet access at each landing was a challenging  adventure, to say the least. I usually found it at a school, a community center or in the home of  some kind and …

Iditarod EDU’s “Top Ten”

You can learn a lot from a sled dog!  The Iditarod Trail Committee embodies an education department that reaches worldwide. Read on to learn more about the Iditarod EDU and some of its many and varied applications. Teacher on the Trail – a professional development program like no other!  After a rigorous application and interview …

Iditarod EDU’s “Top Ten”

  You can learn a lot from a sled dog!  The Iditarod embodies an education department that reaches worldwide. Read on to learn more about the Iditarod EDU and some of its many and varied applications. You can contact Jane Holmes, Director of Education, about these programs or with any questions. Email Jane.Holmes@iditarod.com   #1 …

Are You the Next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail?

It’s time to take your career to the next level.  Apply now to be the 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail and add your name to Iditarod history. Applications are being accepted through December 1, 2021; three finalists will be selected to complete the next steps at the 2022 race. You can read about the …

Summer Reads – Teen Classics

Jack London, Gary Paulsen, the true story of Togo written by Iditarod finisher Pam Flowers, and a stunning 40th anniversary edition of Official Race Art by Jon and Jona Van Zyle.  Teens can appreciate the timeless tales and history in these works. Recommended reading lists for Teen Nonfiction and Teen Fiction.

Summer Reading – Good Reads with Great Messages

In some places, school will be starting in just over a month and your middle-schooler is likely to be involved in some novel studies if they haven’t already been given summer reading.  Our Middle Grades fiction and non-fiction recommended book lists have some excellent examples of people and animals overcoming hardships and challenges and discovering …

2010 Teacher on the Trail Herb Brambley’s Most Memorable Moment

pictures: George Nyce (L), the village of Takotana (R) photos by Herb Brambley The Takotna Incident : A Memorable Moment from 2010 Along the Iditarod Trail I was walking toward the school in Takotna when out of nowhere another human being appeared. No place to run. No alleys to duck into. What do I do? …