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Welcome to the Yukon Quest for Schools and Students

Update: For the 2020 race

Things just keep on changing for us and this site. We've spent the last two races contibuting quite a bit of our time. We may do the same thing next year. Or we may decide to go to someplace warm during race time. We just don't know right now. But this site will be available for teachers and students - with or without us. Nothing will disappear. We've been hosting this website for close to 20 years and we have no intention of taking it down. In fact, we may undertake another major update of the site software this year. But you shouldn't see anything different.

There are some changes happening at the Quest office in Whitehorse. Some of our plans may need to be modified. But for now, this is what we are planning:

  • If there are things you would like to learn more about, let us know. (The earlier you get in touch with us, the better we will be able to respond.)
  • We hope to enlist some help responding to students and classes when you ask us questions about the race. We will ask former mushers, handlers, vets or race officials to help out. 
  • We will try to set up live "Skype" calls with interested classrooms next year. We will try to accommodate as many classes as we can. But we may not be able to chat with everyone - or even very many classes if we're travelling. We are working with past Quest mushers to determine if they would be willing to talk to classes before or after the race. Let us know if this is something you would be interested in.
  • The Quest has offered some promotional materials in the past. But we're not sure what they'll have available next year. They had a really nice map (like this one) that's about 36" X 24". But they have run out of maps and we're not sure if they will be printing any more. So we can't offer this resource any more until we know what the Quest's plans are.
  • We know there are a lot of materials on this site. To help you get started, we hope to offer some suggested activities for each school day. (Or at least most school days.) As always, we love to hear what you're doing in the classroom and will pass those along.
  • Thanks to Harry Kern, are providing some great photographs of the race trail and checkpoints. They're linked from a trail map so you can actually see what some of these places look like.

That's an update on our plans for the 2020 race. We will provide more details as the weather gets colder and the race gets closer. Any suggestions are always welcome. We will do our best. But we don't want to make any promises at this time.

The Yukon Quest and The Yukon Literacy Coalition are once again very excited to work together to bring The Yukon Quest (Short) Story Contest back! It was such a success in the past that they’ve decided to do it all over again. You can find more information about it at Yukon Quest Short Story Contest

Grant & Cathi Dunham

This site contains all the documents for Yukon Quest classrooms. Please feel free to print what you need. There is a limited number of preprinted photographs - the same ones available here through the Resources -> Photos link.  Please contact Cathi Dunham for more information or to provide suggestions or additional materials you may have developed.

This is an example of the wall outside our classroom the last year I taught. For more photos and an explanation of what we did, visit the Selkirk Elementary page.

To get you started on your own Quest, we have provided some Reading, Writing and Math examples. Your input will help make this site alive and active. Please send any suggestions to me using the Contact Form.

  1. Reading Quest - student teams race the mushers along the trail to the finish. This activity is designed to help teachers set up a Reading Quest within their school or in their own classroom.
  2. Math Quest - students create and provide solutions for their own "Quest" math problems that teachers post to the site.
  3. Weather Tracking Activity - students graph the weather for a race checkpoint.