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Latest Teacher on the Trail™ Posts

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 …

Voices of the Volunteers: Monte Mabry

  Monte Mabry has served as Director of Operations for the Iditarod Air Force in recent years. He has lived all over the globe and flying is, simply, in his blood. This will be his 25th year with Iditarod and has seen the evolution of the race first-hand from both an aviation and logistical perspective. …

Misconceptions and More: Roads and the IAF

  In the “lower 48”, traveling throughout the country is something that can easily be taken for granted. For long distances, air travel is the preferred way to go, but for everything else, most people tend to travel by car. The highway system that crisscrosses our nation gives us the ability to drive almost anywhere …

Voices of the Volunteers: Richard Burnham

Richard Burnham of Kaltag, has served as an Iditarod Race Checker, Trail Breaker/marker, Clean-up crew member, and even participated in the race from 1975-1978. He has run the race with some of the early greats of the Iditarod, including Susan Butcher and Rick Swenson in their rookie years. He has also gotten to know many …

Classroom Connections: STEM Sugar Cube Dog Houses

  Personally, I have always had a difficult time integrating math into my Iditarod unit of study. As a 3rd grade teacher I am usually busy preparing my students for THE tests (for 3rd grade reading and math). However, after the race has concluded, my students are in need of something that is more project-based …

Voices of the Volunteers: Jeff Schultz

  This is the first in a series of new posts entitled “Voices of the Volunteers”. For those who have followed the race for a long time already know, the Iditarod would not even be possible without the help of the volunteers. Therefore, I have decided to do this piece as an homage to all …

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 …

Misconceptions and More: The Start of the Race

  Continuing one of my themes from last year, I wanted to start this year by looking deeper at the start of the race. The premise of this post actually brings to mind 2 separate misconceptions about the Last Great Race. The first one being why the race was started. Many think that the Iditarod …

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Annie McGuire’s Most Memorable Moments

There are two memories that stick out in my mind when I think back to my year as the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  The first memory occurred while in Tanana. Tanana had only been a checkpoint a few times before, but they could not have been more welcoming! The night I was in …

2006 Teacher on the Trail Terrie Hanke’s Most Memorable Moments – Teacher on the Trail to Eye on the Trail

It’s very difficult to select just a few experiences from the trail to share or to summarize my journey as the 2006 Wells Fargo Teacher On The Trail.  Everyday of the 4 weeks spent in Alaska for Iditarod XXXIV was filled with meaningful experiences and unique memories.  Never once did I wonder what I was …