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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 …

2010 Teacher on the Trail Herb Brambley’s Most Memorable Moment

pictures: George Nyce (L), the village of Takotana (R) photos by Herb Brambley The Takotna Incident : A Memorable Moment from 2010 Along the Iditarod Trail I was walking toward the school in Takotna when out of nowhere another human being appeared. No place to run. No alleys to duck into. What do I do? …

2011 Teacher on the Trail Martha Dobson’s Most Memorable Moments

            White Mountain, 2011, and John Baker arrived first. By happenstance, I was there and witnessed it, and the moving pride the Alaska Natives expressed. Earlier that day, I was in Koyuk, my favorite checkpoint of the race I experienced. There, I worked as a volunteer stacking boxes of HEET …

2008 Teacher on the Trail Jane (Blaile) Holmes’ Most Memorable Experience

As all other Teachers on the Trail, I find it impossible to hone the experiences down to one most memorable, but I have relayed this particular moment many times since my time on the trail in 2008, and it still stands out to me as an incredible opportunity. It happened in the checkpoint of McGrath. …

Moments with Mushers: What’s Important for People to Know…

  For me, Interviewing the mushers was one of the greatest highlights of the past year. Talking to these great men and women and hearing their take on the race and sport they love so much was surreal, and the depth and breadth of their responses made it even more incredible. Next year I look …