Nature’s Kennel Iditarod Racing and Sled Dog Adventures Presents Pulling Together-Iditarod 2013 Presentations Click here for our 2013 presentation schedule. We do have openings for April/May programs in the San Francisco, CA and Detroit, MI areas.
Seven time Iditarod finisher and Ed Stielstra and musher and educator Tasha Stielstra present the important lessons of teamwork and respect from the viewpoints of sled dogs for students in grades K-8. Students will: Hear stories from the 2013 Iditarod Race and learn about this incredible event first hand! In addition they will also: ·Learn the important core values of being safe, kind, and responsible. ·See why working together and respecting others makes a successful team. ·Learn the true meaning of teamwork by working as a model dog team. ·Meet the incredible athletes up close. “Pulling Together” offers: ·Full or half day programs ·Hands-on, minds-on activities ·Age appropriate, interactive slide show ·Mushing equipment for students to handle ·Small or large group presentations Cost: ·$600 full-day program, plus mileage (a full day program includes 3-4 one hour mini assemblies) ·$450 ½ day program, plus mileage (a ½ day program includes 1-2 one hour mini assemblies)
Note: We do try to schedule several programs in one geographical area to minimize travel costs.Program length is approximately 45 minutes for grades K-1, one hour for grades 2-5, and 90 minutes for grades 6-12. Even though sled dog racing takes place in the winter, sled dog training and team building takes place all year.Pulling Together is structured so that students can learn from about teamwork regardless of the season. Nature’s Kennel, owned by Ed and Tasha Stielstra, is located near McMillan in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.Nature’s Kennel is home to over 120 outstanding Alaskan Huskies.Tasha has combined her 4 years of classroom teaching experience with 12 years of mushing to create the very unique and effective “Pulling Together” program for schools.Both Ed and Tasha successfully compete in distance and mid-distance races throughout the nation and around the world.Ed has finished Alaska’s Iditarod six times and both Ed and Tasha are past UP 200 Champions.In addition to racing, the Stielstras operate a touring business to teach others the joy of running sled dogs.Each year, Ed and Tasha speak to thousands of adults and children across the Midwest about the dedication and teamwork it takes to fulfill a dream.