Explore Plant Ecology

Plant species and the communities they form help create and define the very fabric within which earth’s animal inhabitants live – our habitat. Whether out for a hike for enjoyment, hunting or gathering food, or just quietly observing the world from a lookout or vantage-point– the plants around you (from large trees overhead to the carpet of mosses underfoot) have a big impact on what you experience as Denali National Park!

In this section we provide some insights about the patterns and processes that shape the vegetation of Denali. We hope this information sparks your curiosity about Denali’s plant life – a foundation of our ecosystem, without which there would be no songbirds, moose, caribou, wolves, bears or eagles!