Announcements

Trail Mail Art Contest

Attention Middle and High School Teachers & Parents: We have a special art contest just for your students! We are thrilled to announce a student art contest to create this year’s Trail Mail judged by official Iditarod artist Jon Van Zyle and artist Jona Van Zyle. What is Trail Mail? To honor the Historic Iditarod …

Behind the Scenes

Part of me lives at the Smithsonian now… And my students’ artwork is there too… Talk about being honored and proud! I recently had the honor of visiting the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and taking a “backstage” tour with Jane Rogers, curator of sports.  You may remember that I first met Jane two years ago …

We Want You!

We Want You…   To be the next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail! As my time starts to wind down, I want to take a minute to encourage anyone and everyone who has ever thought about applying to be the Teacher on the Trail to go for it! It honestly has beenthe most rewarding professional …

The Decision is Made!

I’m currently in the Millennium Hotel in downtown Anchorage.  The Millennium serves as the Race Headquarters during race time!  Things are starting to get busy here as hotel rooms are transformed into offices and work spaces for all race staff members and volunteers who will be working hard for the 2014 Iditarod.  There will be …

Tales from the Trail: The Weather Strikes Again!

I have made it to Anchorage!  I’m happy to report it is snowing!  I’m watching the Iron Dog start on TV, while updating the blog and preparing to go exploring.  The Iron Dog is the longest snowmobile race in the world. It travels 2,031 miles and will feature 38 two person teams this year. It …

Gearing Up for the Educator’s Conference

One of the things I’m looking forward to in Alaska is the Winter Conference for Educators. It’s an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by all things Iditarod for a full week!  It’s always rewarding to be surrounded by educators who value the same things you do! In addition to the many presentations by and for …

Tales (and Tails) from the Trail

Since my school year has officially begun, (I have been at inservice training the past two days),  I wanted to take a minute to tell you about my plans for the year and the blog, and let you know some ways that you can join me on this amazing journey by dogsled! One of the …

Linda’s GPS Tracker

Don’t worry!  Linda is NOT where the GPS Tracker shows that she is….   Unlike the GPS Trackers that mushers carry and are attached to their sleds, Linda’s GPS Tracker is in her backpack.  This means the tracker goes inside and outside, inside another building, and then outside again.  This makes the possibility of false readings …

The 2013 Jr. Iditarod

Saturday, Feb.23, after attending the start of the 2013 Jr. Iditarod, Linda headed out to Yentna Station to observe the 2013 Jr. Iditarod. 13 Jr. Mushers are racing in this year’s Jr. Iditarod.  Learn more about the Jr. Idiarod at this link. Linda will be sharing her observations of the race after she returns from …

Linda Fenton, 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Linda Fenton, 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™  teaches 3rd grade at the Waupaca Learning Center.  Having used Iditarod in the classroom as a teaching tool for the past 11 years, Linda says  “I have kept the Iditarod as part of my curriculum because students use research skills, technology skills, math, science, reading, map skills, …