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Museum: Iditarod Commemorative Belt Buckles and Pendants

On this page we are featuring ITC numbered commemorative belt buckles and pendants from the estate collection of Rickie Lee Hildebrand.  Click on each image to enlarge it for clearly seeing the exquisite details and historical representations. ITC commissioned belt buckles and pendants, 1985 – 1994  

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 …

Primary Source of the Month: September

Welcome back to another year exploring Iditarod Themed Primary Sources. Using historic photos and objects is a wonderful way to have students use critical thinking and observation skills as they try to understand what they are seeing and what it can teach us about history. In honor of the 50th running of the race, each …

Meet Your K9 Reporters

Meet Your K9 Reporters Hello friends! The dog days of summer are behind us, and we look forward to the new school year. The K9 reporters and their human Iditarod Education partners are well rested and excited to be back. K9 reporter Sled Dog Ed is back on the education trail this year for the …

If You Mush Know: Time to Harness Up and Train

This month’s question comes from…. Teddy What does it mean when the mushers say they are in “fall training?” Time to Harness Up and Train A chill is in the morning air, fog swirls as the morning sun rises, and an extra bounce is in the dogs as they sense the change in seasons. It …

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 …

Iditarod: The First Ten Years – September 2021

Welcome back to a new school year! The 2022 race is the 50th running of the Iditarod. The anthology, Iditarod: The First Ten Years, was compiled to preserve the stories of those who launched The Last Great Race. The goal of the Old Iditarod Gang was to have this book for classrooms to use as …

Get I.C.E.d ~ Become an Iditarod Certified Educator!

The Iditarod EDU Teacher Certification program is a four-month-long professional development program offered to preschool – high school teachers across the world. The program is divided into four checkpoints that combine synchronous and asynchronous coursework for teachers. The first cohort will launch at the Winter 2022 Conference for Teachers in Anchorage, Alaska! The Introductory Checkpoint …

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 …

50th Anniversary Musher Banquet Centerpiece Contest for Students

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 musher banquet table centerpiece contest!   Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be …