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Virtual Trail Journey (northern) – Cripple

  On the even years, the race will take the northern route to Nome. When the drivers and teams reach Ophir, they’ll take a right and head north to Cripple. The distance from Ophir to Cripple is 59 miles. The total distance from Ophir to Kaltag, where the two trails rejoin on the northern route …

Virtual Trail Journey – Ophir at Mile 352

BOO!  Being that the next two checkpoints on the trail are located in GHOST TOWNS, my story should begin with a ghostly greeting!  So, what’s a ghost town?  It’s a deserted town.  The residents have left usually because their jobs no longer exist or because of natural disasters, fires or wars.  That’s exactly the case …

Iditarod: The First Ten Years – Reading Informational Text

Following our Teacher on the Trail’s theme of the Iditarod Air Force, this month’s lesson prompt, based on the book “The First Ten Years”, is for pages 114 – 115, 117 – 118. “The History of the Early Iditarod Air Force” by Rob Stapleton. The comparison text is “Iditarod Air Force: lifeblood of the race” …

IditaRead Digital v 2.0 is Up and Running!

We read your suggestions and thought every one of them was a great idea!  IditaRead Digital Version 2.0 is updated to reflect the most common requests.  Now you can copy assignments within a class, copy assignments across classes, and import student names.  And the school year label has been added as well. If you used …

Save the Date! March 2022 Winter Educator’s Conference

Iditarod Education Department presents our annual Winter Educator’s Conference “50 Years of Adventure Learning” Lakefront Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska March 1 – 4, 2022 It is with great pleasure that the Iditarod Education Department announces the return of its annual in-person Winter Educator’s Conference! March 2022 will be the 50th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled …

Iditarod: The First Ten Years – September 2021

Welcome back to a new school year! The 2022 race is the 50th running of the Iditarod. The anthology, Iditarod: The First Ten Years, was compiled to preserve the stories of those who launched The Last Great Race. The goal of the Old Iditarod Gang was to have this book for classrooms to use as …

Get I.C.E.d ~ Become an Iditarod Certified Educator!

The Iditarod EDU Teacher Certification program is a four-month-long professional development program offered to preschool – high school teachers across the world. The program is divided into four checkpoints that combine synchronous and asynchronous coursework for teachers. The first cohort will launch at the Winter 2022 Conference for Teachers in Anchorage, Alaska! The Introductory Checkpoint …

Second Annual Trail Mail Art Contest Open!

Attention 5th – 12th Grade Artists,  Teachers, & Parents: We have a special art contest just for you & your students! We are thrilled to announce our second annual student art contest to create the 2022 50th Anniversary Iditarod Trail Mail judged by official Iditarod artist Jon Van Zyle and artist Jona Van Zyle. What …

50th Anniversary Musher Banquet Centerpiece Contest 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”! Enter the annual musher banquet table centerpiece contest!   Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be …

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 …