Author: Jane Holmes (80 posts)


2023 Musher Banquet Centerpiece Project for Students

Teaching Volunteerism The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it.  Your students can join the team as official “Classroom Volunteers”! Join the annual musher banquet table centerpiece project!   Classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured …

Iditarod Education Dept. “Starting Line” Webinar

***REGISTRATION CLOSED*** Join us for a FREE webinar Wednesday, September 14 at 4 – 5 p.m. AKDT/8 – 9 p.m. EST The Iditarod Education Department’s projects, programs, and resources are available to use RIGHT NOW in your classroom.  Our Starting Line Webinar is one completely packed hour to help you get a head start on …

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Iditarod Education Dept. “Starting Line” Webinar

Join us for a FREE webinar Wednesday, September 14 at 4 – 5 p.m. AKDT/8 – 9 p.m. EST The Iditarod Education Department’s projects, programs, and resources are available to use RIGHT NOW in your classroom.  Our Starting Line Webinar is one completely packed hour to help you get a head start on integrating the …

Flaskback Photo – Cassandra Wilson Brady, 2003 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™️

I enjoy reading books about the Arctic and the indigenous life.  One book that stands out for me was, Shadows on the Koyukuk: An Alaskan Native’s Life Along the River by Sidney Huntington. I highly suggest this book to get an interesting picture of an Alaskan life along the river.   My Teacher on the Trail 2003 …

Flashback Photos – Andread “Finney” Aufder Heyde – the original Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, 1999

Leaving the 1999 Musher Banquet I had the pleasure of meeting and having a picture taken with Joe Redington, Sr. and his lovely wife, Violet. It was a total surprise and is a treasured photo I am so fortunate to have. What a way to begin my trail adventure many years ago! I had such …

Get Your Immunizations For the 2022 – 2023 School Year

Izzy from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services joined the Iditarod at the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage.  Now it is time to get ready for school in the fall!     Click on the image to enlarge it.

Flashback Photo – Jane Holmes, 2008 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

This picture of Louis Nelson, Sr. in Unalakleet in 2008 is one of my favorites.  He is an elder, born and raised in Kotzebue, living a largely subsistence lifestyle.  The Iditarod was started to preserve the sled dog culture and Alaskan huskies. The use of dogs was an integral part of Alaskan native lives. For …

Flashback Photo – Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about my Iditarod experience was realizing the magnitude of women’s contributions to the sport. Seldom in professional sports do men and women compete together, vying in the same arena, against the same elements, for the exact same prizes. However, from Libby Riddles’ victory in 1985, to Susan Butcher’s four victories, …

The Determination of Togo

Leaping Libby here, the puppy who dreams of being a real sled dog someday.   Now that the snow is flying, it’s getting more serious around here. The team gets howling when it’s time to hook up to the sleds. They focus on pulling-pulling-pulling.  They slam into their harnesses, trying to get the sled to go …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …