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Hands-on Mushing Lesson for Klukwan Students


Klukwan School students learning about the science of dog mushing recently had a lesson from Mosquito Lake musher Jim Stanford. In photo above, Stanford gives two students a ride in his sled's basket. Through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, students took a virtual field trip to Denali National Park, where a park ranger introduced them to the many dogs of Denali, their jobs and their adaptations for survival. Stanford brought his gear to Klukwan to share with students, including his hand-built sleds, hand-sewn dog booties, cold-weather clothing, dog harnesses, and ganglines. At 25 Mile, students had the opportunity to ride in the sled and stand in the driver's position. Favorite moments included riding and driving the sled, seeing the "surprisingly colored" dog scat, and petting the dogs. The knowledge and experience of dog sledding has been part of reading and writing lessons, as well as life science and social studies studies. Jessica Tipkemper photo.

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