Adventure Quest Institute

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Chop hitches a ride at the Lake Davis Race, Portolla, CA.Adventure Quest Institute offers dog sledding assembly programs for public and private schools, libraries, home school association gatherings, youth organizations, and special events.

These presentations can be tailored to include one or more of the following topics:

• The history of dog sledding: past to the present
• Alaskan history: Gold Rush, 1925 Serum Run
• Dog sledding in literature
• Native Alaskan culture
• Outdoor living skills
• Equipment building and repair
• Wilderness science: weather, nutrition, trail conditions…
• Following your dreams
• Iditarod: The Last Great Race

The program includes hands-on exhibits featuring a sled, a training cart, dog booties, harnesses, cook stove, and other equipment indispensable to a musher on the trail. A multi-media presentation showing the team in action is available.

Students will have an opportunity to interact with our lovable sled dogs. Most of dogs come from champion Iditarod lines. Luna, for instance, was born and raised at Trail Breaker Kennel, Alaska, at the home of four-time Iditarod champion, Susan Butcher. Jeff King, also a four-time winner of the Iditarod, bred and raised Lucky at Goose Lake Kennel in Denali National Park, Alaska.  Luna and Lucky got "married" and produced most of our current racing team.


The Race of Life

AQI is more than learning about sled dogs, literature, math, history,’s about reinforcing the life changing character principles that can help the students stay on course and be victorious as they participate in the Race of life.

These life character principles are woven throughout the fabric of our program. For example, when we talk about Barkley, one of our hardest working sled dogs, we teach the value of having a good work ethic. When we form “dog teams” we relate how each student may have different strengths and abilities. When harnessed to the gang line, with everyone using their various skills, pulling in the same direction, the team will be successful. While teaching sled dog commands we emphasis the importance of speaking clearly and listening intently for instructions and following them faithfully. Students are challenged to speak encouraging words to one another as they learn how a musher’s encouraging words motivate the dogs to give their best performance. Students are also reminded that just like the canine athletes of a sled dog team, they too must eat healthy, exercise regularly, and stay away from the harmful affects of illegal drug use.


Contact AQI for pricing information.