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Latest Teach and Learn Posts

Virtual Trail Journey – Elim

Elim, an Inupaig village of 310 people is situated on the south shore of the Seward Peninsula or north shore of Norton Bay.  Elim (EE-lum) is 100 miles east of Nome as the crow flies.  Like all bush villages, Elim isn’t connected by road to the rest of Alaska.  The only way to travel into …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalists Announced

Each year teachers from around the world apply for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail position.  The process is long and complex starting with a portfolio submission, due December 1,  which includes showcase lessons, experiences and background that are helpful to performing the tasks of the Teacher on the Trail, letters of support from districts …

2022 Trail Mail is Filled!

A big thanks to all classrooms participating in the 2022 Trail Mail project. All spots are now filled.  How exciting it will be for your class to get your envelope returned from Nome after having traveled the Iditarod 50th Anniversary Trail!  If you’ve signed up, you will be getting next step instructions soon.  And if …

Virtual Trail Journey – Koyuk

Just out of  Shaktoolik, teams will run through rolling tundra.  Some of the villagers have reindeer herds that graze there.  Once out on the sea ice, the great white expanse of Norton Bay can be overwhelming and confusing, especially in high winds.  Don Bowers, Jr. calls the 50 mile section of trail from Shaktoolik to …

Virtual Trail Journey – Shaktoolik 

The village of Shaktoolik (shak-TOO-lick) is located on a little spit of land that juts out into the Norton Sound.  There is one road that runs through town out to the air strip with houses, two stores, two churches, the school, the power plant, the city well, the clinic  and the Armory spread along its …

Virtual Trail Journey – Unalakleet

The trail from Kaltag to Unalakleet (YOU-na-la-Kleet) follows a portage trail used by the Athabascans of the interior to travel to the Bering Coast to trade with the Inupiaq Eskimos.  Russians also used the trail in their exploration and trading activities. Just 15 miles out of Kaltag, the mushers climb to 800 feet above sea level …

Virtual Trail Journey – Kaltag

The village of Kaltag is perched high on the west bank of the Yukon River.  Teams will make a short steep climb up the river bank and run down main street to the octagonal log community center in the middle of town.  After sledding for many miles on the Yukon, mushers are happy to depart …

Reading and Writing on the Iditarod Trail: Lessons and Activities Ready to Use

These ready to use lessons and activities for reading and writing are a great way to get your students involved in reaching academic success the Idita – way —  Follow the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® and engage students in life long learning.  (By Martha Dobson)   Download the PDF Document:  Reading and Writing on …

Rookie Meeting Math

 Rookie Meeting Math   On Saturday, December 4, the rookie meeting for the 50th running of the Iditarod was held via ZOOM. A collection of veteran Iditarod mushers and Iditarod staff joined to preview the race and review the rules and dog care, as well as give advice to this year’s rookies.  Use these math …

Trail Mail Art Contest Winners Announced!

Over 40 pieces of art for the Trail Mail Art contest were received from across the US this year. We are grateful to Wendy Brott for her continued support of this program, and to Jon and Jona Van Zyle who served as judges and selected this year’s winners. The decision was very difficult for the …