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									 Denali National Park and Preserve
 Interpretive Theme Matrix Page 1 of 6
Subject Matter and                                 Concepts and Ideas                                              Tangibles:                            Intangibles /
Interpretive Theme Statement                                                                                       Topics and Stories+                   Universals
                                                   Some examples of concepts and ideas to be included in the       Some examples representing the        Some examples of deeper
                                                   themes. (Some of these concepts may potentially develop or      types of stories that could be told   meanings of topics.
                                                   combine into specific program and interpretive media themes.)   under this theme …
1. Extensive Natural Ecosystems                    •    Unaltered ecosystems can serve as baselines to             •    Species specific stories         Intangibles:
                                                        understand ecosystems that have been                       •    Species interactions             Ecosystem,
Denali’s intact, natural ecosystem                      impacted.                                                  •    Illustrations of complexity
                                                                                                                                                         Biodiversity,
embodies a wisdom from which humans                •    Unaltered ecosystems provide excellent                     •    Short-term and long-term
                                                                                                                                                         Complexity
can learn and promote the workings of a                 opportunities for research and learning.                                                         Preservation
healthy planet for a sustainable future.                                                                                change                           Rare
                                                   •    The ambitious vision of ANILCA was to surpass              •    Wildland values                  Sustainability
                                                        previous conservation efforts by setting aside             •    Role of science in               Knowledge
                                                        vast areas that could protect large unfragmented                preserving parks                 Conservation
                                                        and intact ecosystems. Conserving large
                                                        protected areas requires recognizing that local            •    Role of science in helping       Heritage
                                                        people are part of the ecosystem and                            us understand the world
                                                                                                                        at large                         Universals:
                                                        accommodating some level of human
                                                        consumptive use of resources.                              •    Human interaction with           Protection
                                                                                                                        landscapes                       Wonder
                                                   •    Intact ecosystems are rare because human
                                                        activity has eliminated species, altered habitat,          •    Opportunity for hands-on         Humility
                                                                                                                        discovery                        Mystery
                                                        and fundamentally changed natural relationships                                                  Curiosity
                                                        on much of Earth’s surface.                                •    Natural cycles
                                                                                                                                                         Survival
                                                   •    An ecosystem consists of living and non-living             •    Exotic species                   Wisdom
                                                        components and elements seen and unseen.                   •    Nexus of biological and          Health
                                                   •    Complete understanding of such a complex                        physical worlds
                                                        system is impossible.
                                                   •    The Denali ecosystem is dependent upon the
                                                        global ecosystem and vulnerable to changes
                                                        that originate beyond the park’s borders
                                                   •    Denali’s ecosystem is recognized to be of
                                                        international significance. (Biosphere Reserve)



   + These topics are representative, a partial list. They are not intended to be all-inclusive (in fact they could never be) nor are they intended to exclude any topic.
Subject Matter and                                 Concepts and Ideas                                              Tangibles:                            Intangibles /
Interpretive Theme Statement                                                                                       Topics and Stories+                   Universals
                                                   Some examples of concepts and ideas to be included in the       Some examples representing the        Some examples of deeper
                                                   themes. (Some of these concepts may potentially develop or      types of stories that could be told   meanings of topics.
                                                   combine into specific program and interpretive media themes.)   under this theme …
2. Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat                   •    Denali offers the visitor unparalleled                     •    Enabling legislation and         Intangibles:
                                                        opportunities to view large northern mammals                    reason for park                  Time
The size and ecological integrity of Denali             and their interactions in their natural habitat.                expansion.                       Interaction
preserves a home of extraordinary quality          •    Large unfragmented habitat is needed to ensure             •    Species dynamics.                Size
for populations of large northern                                                                                                                        Northern
                                                        survival of large mammal species.                          •    Food web.
mammals, birds, and other wildlife, where          •                                                                                                     Relationships
they can live and be observed interacting
                                                        Despite the park’s vast protected area, Denali’s           •    Migrations                       Vulnerability
with one another and their natural habitat
                                                        wildlife remains vulnerable to human activity              •    Adaptations
                                                        beyond park borders.
with minimal human disruption.                                                                                     •    Role of science in helping       Universals:
                                                   •    Through management, Denali seeks to preserve                    to make management               Integrity
                                                        the integrity of animal populations and their                   decisions.                       Quality
                                                        interactions with one another.
                                                                                                                   •    Land designations and            Preserve
                                                   •    Denali’s success as a wildlife sanctuary and a                  management.                      Survival
                                                        wildlife viewing area is due in part to thoughtful
                                                                                                                   •    Sub-arctic habitat.              Life
                                                        management, but it depends heavily on our                                                        Death
                                                        visitors.                                                                                        Community
                                                   •    Opportunities to study natural wildlife activity and
                                                        interactions are rare and valued by scientists.
                                                   •    Wildlife habitat includes food, water and shelter
                                                        in quantities and qualities suitable to specific
                                                        populations and the communities they form




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Subject Matter and                                 Concepts and Ideas                                              Tangibles:                            Intangibles /
Interpretive Theme Statement                                                                                       Topics and Stories+                   Universals
                                                   Some examples of concepts and ideas to be included in the       Some examples representing the        Some examples of deeper
                                                   themes. (Some of these concepts may potentially develop or      types of stories that could be told   meanings of topics.
                                                   combine into specific program and interpretive media themes.)   under this theme …
3. Denali/Mt. McKinley                             •    As the tallest peak in North America and so                •    Geologic processes.              Intangibles:
                                                        dominant a feature of the landscape, Mount                 •    Weather and its                  Size
Mount McKinley’s magnitude captivates                   McKinley is a character with whom people from                   influences.                      Time
human imagination and inspires                                                                                                                           Challenge
                                                        all over the world seek to interact at various             •    Mountaineering.
exploration and protection of the Denali                levels.                                                                                          Responsibility
                                                                                                                   •    Challenges and character
region’s landscapes, wildlife and                  •    Mount McKinley provides climbers from around                    building.
                                                                                                                                                         Vulnerability
wilderness.                                             the world the opportunity to test their mettle.
                                                                                                                   •    History of exploration           Universals:
                                                   •    The Mountain came into being because of and                     past to present.
                                                        continues to be shaped by great geologic forces.                                                 Beauty
                                                                                                                   •    The Mountain and human           Danger
                                                   •    From Native myths to artists to climbers, Mt.                   imagination.                     Fear
                                                        McKinley continues to engage the human
                                                                                                                   •    Absolutes of the                 Survival
                                                        imagination.                                                                                     Life
                                                                                                                        mountain environment.
                                                   •    So great is its presence on the landscape, Mt.
                                                                                                                   •    Glacial processes and            Death
                                                        McKinley creates its own weather.                                                                Power
                                                                                                                        influences.
                                                   •    Rugged and absolute, Mt. McKinley offers a                                                       Humility
                                                        dispassionate challenge to humans seeking to
                                                        experience wilderness and wildness, especially
                                                        to the extreme.




   + These topics are representative, a partial list. They are not intended to be all-inclusive (in fact they could never be) nor are they intended to exclude any topic.     3
Subject Matter and                                Concepts and Ideas                                              Tangibles:                            Intangibles /
Interpretive Theme Statement                                                                                      Topics and Stories+                   Universals
                                                  Some examples of concepts and ideas to be included in the       Some examples representing the        Some examples of deeper
                                                  themes. (Some of these concepts may potentially develop or      types of stories that could be told   meanings of topics.
                                                  combine into specific program and interpretive media themes.)   under this theme …
4. Wilderness Values and Wilderness               •    Denali provides accessible and diverse Alaska              •    Protecting Denali means          Intangibles:
Recreation                                             wilderness experiences.                                         embracing limits to              Heritage
                                                  •    Denali’s wilderness provides few amenities and                  access, behaviors, and           Responsibility
Denali’s wild lands create a refuge from               little guidance, so backcountry travelers must be               activities.                      Vulnerable
modern civilization where we can                       self reliant and interested in outstanding                 •    Wilderness and the               Degradation
discover, challenge and connect with the               wilderness challenges from hiking without trails                American mind.                   Value
primal pulses and prevailing forces of                 to crossing rivers without bridges to climbing the         •    The challenges of
                                                                                                                                                        Solitude
nature.                                                tallest peak in North America.,                                 balancing access and
                                                                                                                                                        Trust
                                                  •    The opportunity for true solitude is rare in                    preservation (e.g.
                                                                                                                                                        Universals:
                                                       modern world, but is abundantly available in the                motorized vs. non-
                                                                                                                                                        Protect
                                                       Denali backcountry.                                             motorized access).
                                                                                                                                                        Preserve
                                                  •    The presence of untrammeled wildlife and                   •    Wilderness, especially           Beauty
                                                       natural processes are an integral part of the                   accessibly wilderness, is        Survival
                                                       wilderness experience at Denali.                                an increasingly rare             Protect
                                                  •    Historically, there has been a strong movement                  commodity on the planet.         Loss
                                                       in Denali to preserve its wilderness character to          •    Wilderness Act and
                                                       a higher standard than found in many parks and                  ANILCA.
                                                       wilderness areas.
                                                  •    Wilderness is part of our national heritage and
                                                       can be an inspiration for all peoples on the
                                                       planet.
                                                  •    Wilderness does not imply a land without
                                                       people, but a land respected such that the
                                                       imprint of humankind’s work is substantially
                                                       unnoticeable.




  + These topics are representative, a partial list. They are not intended to be all-inclusive (in fact they could never be) nor are they intended to exclude any topic.     4
Subject Matter and                                 Concepts and Ideas                                              Tangibles:                            Intangibles /
Interpretive Theme Statement                                                                                       Topics and Stories+                   Universals
                                                   Some examples of concepts and ideas to be included in the       Some examples representing the        Some examples of deeper
                                                   themes. (Some of these concepts may potentially develop or      types of stories that could be told   meanings of topics.
                                                   combine into specific program and interpretive media themes.)   under this theme …
5. People and the Land                             •    With large predators, swift rivers, tall peaks and         •    Traditional/indigenous           Intangibles:
                                                        uncountable other risks and dangers, the Denali                 connections to the Denali        Dependence
The ways Denali shapes and is shaped                    landscape challenges humans to find their limits,               region.                          History
by the character, lives and values of                   both personal and as a society.                            •    Past and contemporary            Heritage
people past and present offers us insights         •    Denali preserves human pre-historic and historic                subsistence use.                 Challenge
into our relationship with our natural                  structures, artifacts, stories, and practices which        •    Human history since it           Family
heritage.                                               demonstrate thousands of years of human                         became a park.                   Aesthetics
                                                                                                                                                         Dependence
                                                        involvement in this land.                                  •    Denali’s role in the             Interdependence
                                                   •    The structures, artifacts and stories of the Denali             national conservation
                                                        region’s early explorers, miners, and park                      movement past and                Universals:
                                                        rangers help us understand the entire pioneer                   present.                         Beauty
                                                        era in North America which was crucial for                 •    In Denali, natural               Survival
                                                        forming the culture and character of the                        systems are allowed to           Life
                                                        American people and our institutions.                           happen with little or no         Death
                                                   •    Denali’s conservation history reflects changing                 influence from humans.           Humility
                                                        conservation history and values over time.                 •    Wildland values.                 Awe
                                                   •    The continuation of subsistence practice in the                                                  Hope
                                                        park additions and preserve reflects both 1) a
                                                        change in our understanding of land
                                                        conservation in which we accept the ancient role
                                                        of people as part of the natural ecosystem and
                                                        2) a necessary recognition that large scale
                                                        conservation depends on meeting the needs of
                                                        rural inhabitants who depend upon park
                                                        resources for food, shelter, and cultural
                                                        preservation.




   + These topics are representative, a partial list. They are not intended to be all-inclusive (in fact they could never be) nor are they intended to exclude any topic.     5
Subject Matter and                                Concepts and Ideas                                              Tangibles:                            Intangibles /
Interpretive Theme Statement                                                                                      Topics and Stories+                   Universals
                                                  Some examples of concepts and ideas to be included in the       Some examples representing the        Some examples of deeper
                                                  themes. (Some of these concepts may potentially develop or      types of stories that could be told   meanings of topics.
                                                  combine into specific program and interpretive media themes.)   under this theme …
6. Dynamic Change                                 •    As is the essence of natural systems, Denali is            •    Glacial processes                Intangibles:
                                                       inextricably linked to the rest of the planet.             •    Geologic processes               Time
Denali preserves a dynamic landscape,             •    Denali’s current landscape is but a glimpse of a           •    Climate shifts and               Responsibility
ever shifting, changing and adjusting to               continuum of change brought about by                            changes                          Curiosity
cycles and processes, seen and unseen.                 geological forces.                                                                               Heritage
                                                                                                                  •    Extinctions
                                                  •    Paleontological resources within the park                                                        Vulnerability
                                                       illustrate qualities of this dynamic landscape, as         •    Regime shifts
                                                       well as the potential for a wealth of natural              •    Invasive species                 Universals:
                                                       curiosities yet discovered.                                •    Dinosaur finds                   Life
                                                  •    Through science, humans can investigate                    •    Isostatic rebound                Death
                                                       aspects of systems and processes at work within                                                  Wonder
                                                       the Denali landscape, therefore garnering a                                                      Power
                                                       greater understanding of this landscape now and                                                  Awe
                                                       in the future, and in a broader global context.                                                  Humility
                                                  •    Increasingly, human activity is driving
                                                       measurable change in Denali’s community of
                                                       life.




  + These topics are representative, a partial list. They are not intended to be all-inclusive (in fact they could never be) nor are they intended to exclude any topic.     6

								
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