Nature’s Kennel Iditarod Racing and Sled Dog Adventures Presents Pulling Together-Iditarod 2013-2014 Presentations We are now scheduling presentations for the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
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 Ed's past Iditarod races and will 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 Program length is approximately 45 minutes for grades K-1, one hour for grades 2-5, and 90 minutes for grades 6-12. Optimal grade levels for the programs are 2nd-7th grades and optimal group size is 250 students or less. However, all grade levels and group sizes can be accommodated. Cost: ·$500 for one presentation. ·$750 for two presentations at the same school/location. The above costs do not include mileage/travel. However, every effort is made to schedule multiple schools in one geographical area to reduce travel costs. Generally travel costs are an additionall $100 per school. 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 150 outstanding Alaskan Huskies.Tasha has combined her 4 years of classroom teaching experience with 13 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 seven 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.