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Misconceptions and More: Dogs vs. Wolves

  One common misconception about sled dogs is also a question I frequently get from my students: “Why do the dogs look so much like wolves, are they part wolf?” This misconception is not helped by the 1995 Disney cartoon movie “Balto”, where it is falsely stated that Balto is half wolf and “can’t  be …

Voices of the Volunteers: Karin Hendrickson – Race Judge

  Karin Hendrickson is a familiar name and face in the current Iditarod scene. This year was her 10th Iditarod race as a musher since her rookie year in 2009. However, during her non-racing years, she has still been an important part of the race, serving as a Race Judge on a few occasions. This …

Sled Dog Rhythms and Routines

Libby here!  As I get close to being one whole year old, I’ve been remembering all the changes that have happened in my life so far.  A lot of what I remember are the rhythms and routines of my puppy year.  The first rhythm I remember was my mother’s heartbeats. Thumpa thumpa thumpa!  Our squirming …

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 …

Classroom Connections: Trailbreakers – Dash & Dot Coding

    This lesson is a very fun STEM project created to relate to the job of the Iditarod trail breakers. Unlike some of the other STEM activities I have posted, this one is much quicker. It can be completed in one (longer) class session.    In this lesson, students work with a certain type of …

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 …

Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Application

The Application for the 2024 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail is Available Now The Teacher on the Trail program is a unique opportunity for one selected educator to teach beyond the traditional classroom walls via Internet and to be involved in a project that reaches students around the world during  a one year volunteer teaching …

2022 Teacher on the Trail, Jim Deprez in Nome Nugget and on KNOM radio

In Nome, the Teacher on the Trail has many opportunities to interact in the community and Jim Deprez was lucky enough to be interviewed by “Alaska’s Oldest Newspaper”, the Nome Nugget.  Jim spoke with Peter Leowi while he was in Nome, both of them greeting the finishing mushers.  Thank you Nome Nugget!. This edition is …

Voices of the Volunteers: Dan Harrelson

  Dan Harrelson has been a very big figure in the small community of White Mountain for decades. He is currently a member of the city council and is the VPSO (Village Public Safety Officer) in the community. However he had also been the mayor of White Mountain as well. But as he said, “ …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 50. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs and jpeg for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want …