Tips and Tools

Best Conferences…Iditarod Style!

My journey toward 2018 Teacher on the Trail™ started at an Iditarod Educator’s Camp in the summer of 2016.  The thing I first loved about coming to an Iditarod Educator’s Conference was that I met like-minded, passionate teachers!  Anyone who incorporates the Iditarod and is willing to travel to Alaska to learn more has to …

Create and Send! Contest for Classrooms: Make Decorations for Musher Banquet

Teaching Volunteerism The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it.  Your students can join the team as “Official Classroom” Volunteers! Enter the annual Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the …

Registration for 2019 Winter Conference and Summer Camp is Open

Iditarod’s Winter Teacher Conference will be held in Anchorage Feb. 26 – March 1, 2019.  Join us for this educational conference and see the start and restart of the 2019 Iditarod. Learn more about this event and register at this link.   Summer Camp for Educators will be held June 22 – July 1.  Join …

New Beginnings

  Dear Teachers, Welcome back to another school year!  I am sure you have been busy preparing your classroom for all of the new students.  Your students will become your team for the upcoming academic year…mush forward. Speaking of new team members…our kennel just added a new member to the roster, Topaz! She is getting …

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: 101 What you need to know!

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is also called the “Last Great Race on Earth®” Who? Mushers –  See the current list of mushers for the 2019 race by clicking here. Dogs!  Dogs!  Dogs!  Most of the sled dogs are Alaskan Huskies.  Dogs in the race must first meet standards of good health.  Learn more …

Iditarod Quilt Project 2018-2019

Teachers:  Are you interested in having an Iditarod quilt visit your classroom during the upcoming school year?! Last year we had nine quilts traveling around the country throughout the school year.  One quilt was even at the Shaktoolik checkpoint during the race and was signed by dozens of mushers while they rested their teams!  The …

Iditarod Quilts 2018

This year 9 Iditarod quilts have been crisscrossing the United States, visiting over 8,500 students in more than 65 schools.  Each quilt serves as a great teaching tool for teachers, and gets students excited about the Last Great Race! From the teachers: In Ms. Berg’s class in Seattle: “The first graders work[ed] around character traits …

Iditarod Citizenship!

Hi, Teachers! I was an athlete!  I belonged to a sports team….the sport of dog mushing which is the Alaskan state sport. Being an athlete requires stamina, determination and the ability to work together with others on a team.  My team just happened to be other dogs. On other sports’ teams everyone has their own …

Governmentally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, The kennel is my safe haven and home.  I have come to be relaxed here as a retired sled dog…but I remember back when I was young.  I played, ran, howled, was very curious and investigated everything. Sometimes I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Recently the kennel kids …

Economically Iditarod!

Hi, Teachers!  Movie watching has been a relaxing activity at the main house of the kennel, and I recently overheard the following line from one of the movies.  ”Give me the money!”  Money is a frequent topic of conversation as mushers and their families plan for entering and running in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  …