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Once Again – 16 Dogs

Hello friends, The Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race™ is less than 40 days away. In dog days that means it’s coming soon! There are 43 teams signed up this year – men, women, rookies, past champions, local Alaskans, lower 48 states, and other countries are all represented in this year’s field of competitors. Find …

Classroom Culture: Team Colors

As of today’s posting, the Iditarod starts in only 42 days–and there are now 43 mushers signed up!  It’s exciting to think that these teams will soon be getting out on the Iditarod Trail. How will you get your classroom excited and “geared up” for the race?   Students always want to know who the …

Finalists Are Selected – Who Will be the 2025 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™️?

Teachers from around the world apply for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail position.  What is that like, exactly?  The process is long and complex starting with a portfolio submission, due December 1,  which includes showcase lessons, experiences and background that are helpful to performing the tasks of the Teacher on the Trail, letters of …

“What are They Wearing?” Bring the Iditarod to Life with a Living Museum

What would it be like for your students to become a musher for a day? Or to transform into the race marshal, a pilot, or dog handler? How would they feel to wear what Iditarod volunteers wear, to speak as they do, and to inhabit their experiences?  This lesson, “Iditarod Living Museum,” is a close …

2024 Iditarod Education Winter Educators Conference Schedule

February 27 – Tuesday Lakefront Hotel 3rd floor Spenard room 8 a.m. breakfast (provided) /check in 8:45 a.m. Jane Holmes, Education Director Welcome: staff introductions, UAA credit options, I.C.E. information 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. 2024 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Kate Newmyer 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 2014 Teacher on the Trail Erin Montgomery “AI and …

“Houston, We Have a Connection:” Artists of the Iditarod and NASA

Jon Van Zyle’s official poster for the 2016 Iditarod shows an immense snowy wilderness framed by mountains. A musher crouches over a small fire, which lights the surrounding dimness with a faint light. Nearby, shadowy figures of sled dogs at rest dot the snow. Off to the side, the trail leads our eye into the …

Classroom Culture: Visuals and “Alaska Day”

It’s December, and this Gulf Coast resident is watching with envy from afar as dog teams travel down snowy trails in Alaska and run first-of-the-winter short races. Winter in my part of Texas could be considered “shorts weather” in Alaska!  I shared photos of the recent deep snowfall in Anchorage with my students—and they were …

“Denali Highway:” Examining Iditarod Photographs Using Elements of Art

What do you picture when you think about the Iditarod? If you have never seen this amazing event in person, you rely on photos and videos taken by others. Spectators who have experienced the Last Great Race might show you their snapshots of a dogsled traveling over sparkling snow, the fur on the dogs’ bodies …

2024 Educational Trail Mail Design Winner Announcement

Just like the mushers of the Iditarod, Karlyn T. of WY showed perseverance and has been selected as the artist for the 2024 Trail Mail envelopes.  Karlyn entered last year’s Trail Mail design contest as well and was a top finalist. Meeting and exceeding the criteria of content and artistic aptitude, this 13 year old’s …

2024 Trail Mail Sales Are Open

We are so excited to announce that sales for the Educational Trail Mail Project are open! This is an amazing chance for your class to be a part of history by sending a piece of mail down the trail in one of the 2024 student designed cachets and help us raise funds for our education …