The Arts

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 …

Sled Dogs in the Classroom: Wrap Up the Year With a Cooperative Project

This winter looked a little different in downtown Anchorage than it normally does. With the Covid restrictions that were in place, sled dogs were not seen downtown taking off from Fourth Avenue for the start of the Fur Rendezvous or the Iditarod Ceremonial Start in March as they traditionally do. As a way to keep …

Reaching the Finish Line

Can you imagine what it must feel like to reach the finish line of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race? Imagine coming up the hill that transitions between the Bering Coast and the city of Nome. Imagine running down Front Street, your eyes resting on the Burled Arch, knowing you and your team had accomplished what …

Iditarod Sleds: From 1973 to Today!

Sleds are an essential piece of equipment in the Iditarod. Typically, 50-80 sleds start the race and even more are shipped down the trail for use later in the race. Sleds have evolved since the first race in 1973, and mushers often build their sleds themselves. The sleds first used in Iditarod were long freight …

Announcing Our Trail Mail Contest Winners

Our first annual Trail Mail Art Contest was a tremendous success! We were thrilled to accept over 40 entries from students in grades 4-12 and from all over the country. A team of Iditarod Educators narrowed the field to ten finalists which were then judged by artists Jon and Jona Van Zyle. The Iditarod Education …

Trail Mail Art Contest

UPDATE!! Now open to Fourth and Fifth Grade Artists! DEADLINE EXTENDED! Now due December 20th! Attention 5th – 12th Grade Artists,  Teachers, & Parents: We have a special art contest just for you & your students! We are thrilled to announce a student art contest to create this year’s Trail Mail judged by official Iditarod …

Idita-Vation: Innovation on the Iditarod Trail

Iditarod Mushers are naturally Design Thinkers. They are constantly thinking and  looking for ways to make things more efficient, more cost-effective, more comfortable… safer, faster, easier. So why not give your students real life design challenges centered around problems that mushers face daily in their training and racing? The lesson plan features a challenge centered …

Idita-Boxes: Tinkering Along the Trail

Mushers are constantly tinkering – working on ways to build better sleds, harnesses, cookers, dog jackets, etc… Your students are also natural tinkers too – always playing and fiddling around with found objects…. Why not mesh the two together with these Iditarod Inspired Tinker Tubs? Students will be provided materials to try to build various …

Listen to Iditarod’s Hobo Jim Sing the ‘Iditarod Trail Song’

Each year, ‘The Iditarod Trail Song’ is sung in classrooms around the world. Watch this performance and listen to students in Maryland sing this song at their school program.  2018 – Spring  (with Hobo Jim granting permission)  Here’s the words to the chant that the students recite prior to singing. In the land of the midnight sun, …

The Patch!

Each year the Teacher on the Trail™ gets to create their own patch and mine has finally come in!  My patch was designed by my 4th grade student, Libby McMahon.  Libby’s design was one of 35 submitted, and it was selected as the winner by the 3rd-8th graders at Saint Andrew. Libby’s design included three important things—an …