Teacher's Journal

Keeping it Cool!

Tails from the Trail- Adaptations Sled dogs are a group of amazing athletes, some of the best in the world. But how do these dogs survive and thrive in the coldest weather of Alaska? Over time, nature has allowed dogs to have developed physical characteristic or behaviors that help them survive. These are called adaptations. …

Dog of the Month- Qarth!

Tails from the Trail: Dog of the Month! Dogs touch our lives in so many ways.  Their love and devotion to their humans, and our love to them. Jeff Deeter, of Black Spruce Dog Sledding and three-time Iditarod finisher, shares one of his special dogs.  “Qarth is a dog unlike any other that I have had …

Here’s to a Beautiful Start to the School Year!

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places. When asked about my trips to Alaska, I describe it as something you could never imagine. Like out of a storybook, picturesque.   Not only is the scenery beautiful, but also watching the mushers, volunteers, pilots, teachers, veterinarians, and everyone involved in the Iditarod working together. It’s like …

Iditarod Excitement!

Tails from the Trail! It is that time of summer when I start to think about the upcoming year.  July is over, and the August build-up is here.  What will my new class be like? How am I going to start the school year? What will I change from last year or keep the same?  …

Summer Camp 2019

It’s hard to believe that summer camp is ending.  Thank you, Diane, Kim, and Sara, for everything you have done. It has been a memorable week! The collaboration and teamwork that has happened this week have been amazing.  We have not only worked together through many presentations and interactive projects but also have taken many …

We Love Our Dogs!

This morning we had to say goodbye to Dream a Dream Dog Farm. Thank you to Vern, Susan, Cindy, Cassie, and Dan for a fantastic time. It was sad to say goodbye, but what great memories we will take with us! Until next summer camp…. Our journey continued to Chas St. George’s (Interim CEO of …

Field Trip!

Today we traveled to the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.  As we walked through the doors, I was immediately drawn to the gathering place in the center of the Heritage Center.  There was a demonstration of the Alaska Native Games beginning.  These athletic games are based on power, balance, and focus.  As the students …

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Creativity

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Creativity!  The day started with Vern Halter, teaching us how to harness and bootie the dogs and having a harnessing and bootie competition.  It was a lot of fun and made me reflect upon the mushers on the trail.  How many times and how fast they must have to change booties on …

Running with the dogs

I can’t think of a better way to start a day than a run with the dogs!    After an exciting run, the day continued with many great presentations and activities.  Cindy Abbott shared her experiences leading up to and climbing Mt. Everest, “10 feet at a time”.  Listening to her story was truly inspiring! …

The Beginning

Summer Camp 2019 has begun, and it is going to be an exciting week. It is inspiring to be surrounded by so many great educators from around the country, that all share the same passion for the Iditarod. Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and a whole lot of fun is the name of the game this …