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Denali National Park & Preserve, AK

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Denali provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Riley Creek Amphitheater: 9:00 AM
  • Princess Wilderness Lodge: 8:00 PM
  • McKinley Chalet Resort: 8:00 AM - Mondays

Ministry Team Member Information

Our team in Denali is typically 2-4 ministry team members who both serve in the same location two miles outside of Denali National Park.

  • Summer only
  • Mentors available for seminarians (with their own transportation)
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members (with their own transportation)
  • Denali was established for the preservation of land and animals, not tourism, so it is very difficult for teams to get deep into the park. Much of teams’ involvement here involves worship and outreach amongst fellow employees rather than wilderness adventures.

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from Aramark at McKinley Chalet Resort near the entrance to Denali.

Dates:

  • Preferred availability of mid-May through mid-September

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • Married housing available

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Front Desk
  • Housekeeping

Transportation:

  • A car is not necessary in Denali, although helpful.

* If you are interested in serving in Denali as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Denali (including employee housing costs), please visit http://www.summerdenalijobs.com/why_denali.html.


How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Denali


Information About The Park

The national parks don’t get any more remote than Denali! Its six million acres of largely untouched, subarctic wilderness are intersected by one narrow dirt road, accessible only by bus, ending abruptly after 92 miles. Within this wild trail-less land, you’ll encounter terrain like low-elevation forests, snow-capped mountains of the Alaska Range, and alpine tundra.

Denali, meaning “The High One” in native Athabascan, is home to Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet. Popular activities for guests and employees include hiking, backpacking, river rafting, and mountaineering for the ultra-adventurous.

Popular Destinations

  • The Savage River
  • Sled dog kennels
  • Wilderness Access Center
  • Wonder Lake
  • Kantishna

Wildlife

Prepare to see and encounter animals like king and chum salmon in rivers and streams; mammals like grizzly bears, caribou, Dall’s sheep, moose, and wolves (considered the “Big Five”); and swarms of mosquitoes saying hello.


Outside Resources

To learn more about travelling to Denali, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit www.nps.gov/denali.

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Ministry Team Experience

Nicole
Denali National Park & Preserve, AK, 2011

This summer I displayed boldness that I didn't know I had. Boldness in humbling myself and telling the truth when I was wrong...Read More

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"There is no better place to minister and to find God than in a place like Denali. The landscapes are breath-taking and remind us of how small we are, and how much we can either destroy such places, or work to preserve them, while interpreting the experiences that people have in such places in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
– Keith, Denali 2003