About Us

Looking for a day trip with experienced and responsible Alaskan guides? That's us! We don't just call ourselves "ecotourism." We walk the walk.

  • We are the area's only company with an Adventure Green Alaska ecotourism certification.
  • We have proven our dedication to responsible tourism by meeting specific standards of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
  • We are proud sponsors of community conservation and education programs.
  • We practice Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics, adopted a section of highway in Denali State Park, and combat invasive plant species
  • Our naturalist guides use their experience to avoid disturbing wildlife, keep our guests safe, and help our guests to gain a better understanding of Alaska.
  • We pay higher wages than other area guide businesses.
  • We recycle and keep the trails completely free of litter.
  • We work cooperatively with land management agencies to protect our public lands.
  • By going with us, you help to protect the places you have come to see.

Howard and Noelle Carbone have shared the wonders of Denali with Alaska's visitors since 1993. Noelle has a degree in education and worked for over ten years as a naturalist interpreter and backcountry ranger in Denali National Park. Howard holds a Master's Degree in biology, worked as a naturalist and educator in Denali for twelve years, and has climbed to Denali's 20,310-foot summit. They are year-round residents of Talkeetna

Our Guides

Mo

Mo grew up in beautiful Palmer, Alaska. In 2016, she left for Colorado and earned her degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. While going to school, she worked for the CSU Outdoor Program, guiding fellow students on a variety of adventure sport trips. After graduation, Mo moved back to Alaska full time to be closer to family and pursue outdoor interests . Outside of guiding, Mo works as a Firefighter with Palmer Fire & Rescue and is a Wilderness EMT. In her spare time, you can find Mo hiking, backpacking, biking, climbs and skiing with her dog, Sophie. This is Mo’s third summer with Alaska Nature Guides.

Franny

Franny was born and raised on the central coast of California, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood camping and backpacking in Big Sur and the Sierra National Forest. After high school, Franny worked at a summer camp where she led groups of 9-15 year olds on weekend backpacking trips. She has also led longer trips of 15-19 year olds, in both California and Alaska. Franny earned a Bachelor's Degree for the University of California, Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!), and later an Elementary Teaching Certificate from the University of Alaska. In her free time, Franny loves spending time outdoors with her daughter and their dog, Zito. Franny has been guiding with Alaska Nature Guides since 2021.

Jake

Hello! My name is Jake Anweiler and I’m from New Hartford NY, outside of Utica located in the beautiful and historic Mohawk Valley. I’m currently in graduate school for adolescent education with the hopes of teaching social studies courses in the future. During my time in undergrad I was a member of SUNY Cortland’s Track and Cross-Country Teams for three consecutive years. Outside of work I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, and skiing, as well as exploring New York’s Adirondacks when I’m able to. This is my first time in Alaska, and with each passing day I reach new levels of appreciation and understanding for this vast land brimming with beauty, and life.

Chelsie

Hailing from Buffalo New York, Chelsie is now entering her 4th year as a year round resident here in Talkeetna. After a quick trip in 2012, and a summer season in 2017, she packed up her things and headed north, calling Alaska her new home. Chelsie works as a full time seasonal employee for Denali National Park at the Walter Harper Ranger Station here in Talkeetna. Her hobbies include running, hiking/backpacking, fishing, XC skiing, biking and laying in her hammock with her cat Kevin. Her down time is spent in the good company of friends. Chelsie is currently enrolled in the Ethnobotany program with University at Fairbanks.

Excited to share her love for the outdoors and Alaska with all who are willing to listen!

Josh

My name is Josh Sandifer. A love for the outdoors has been ingrained in me since I was a child, and I love to backpack, rock climb, and trail run; I couldn't imagine working in any other field. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership where I worked on improving my hard skills like climbing, backpacking, paddling, and navigating; and polishing up my soft skills like communication, facilitation, and leadership. I am Wilderness First Responder certified, swift water rescue trained, CPR/First Aid/AED instructor certified, and lifeguard certified. I married my college girlfriend in June of 2017, and we just recently packed up our house and made the move from South Carolina to Alaska full time. We spent 11 days making the most beautiful drive across North America. I spent this last year working for a large luxury living community as their Outdoor Recreation Lead where I led hikes, designed outdoor programs, and showed the members the beautiful world around them. Alaska has so much to see and learn and is a place that fosters education. I love all the fine details of nature and getting the opportunity to share my love of plants, animals, and the beautiful state of Alaska with others in hopes they receive the same joy from it that I do.  This will be my 3rd season working with Alaska Nature Guides.


Bernard

Bernard Federspiel was born and raised in Washington state, mere minutes from ski resorts, fishing, hiking, camping, and all things outdoors. Learning to be a good steward of the world was only part of the journey.

A Masters in Ethics extended his understanding of life's meaning to a whole new level. Experiences and travel, near and far, ultimately landed him in Alaska. Whereby considering this to be the "greater, great northwest," since 2011, he has considered himself truly home.

Having recently lived for an extended time in remote and off grid Alaska, including a wilderness lodge and a state historic site, has also broadened his respect for nature. With an excited passion to share in the explorations that draw anyone to this wild and amazing place, Bernard emphasizes helping others seek out their own new experiences.

Dan

Dan's father was the local Scout Master when he was young and because of this he learned an appreciation for nature from an early age. Dan became an Eagle Scout and continued his love for the outdoors into his adulthood. He is an avid backpacker, trail runner and nordic skier. After more than two decades working with people with disabilities, he moved to Alaska with his wife so they could explore their dream of living more simply and closer to nature in a remote setting. Dan has a passion for learning to understand nature and how we all can live in harmony with it. This is his fifth year guiding hikes for Alaska Nature Guides. He is currently a stay at home dad for his 7 year old son and works with people in the area with special-needs on a part time basis. Dan is active member of the Talkeetna community. He sits on the Mat-Su Borough Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory board, the Talkeetna Elementary PTA board and he produces a local radio show for KTNA radio called 'Get Outside and Play'. He is a strong advocate healthy, outdoor non-motorized recreation in the South Denali Area.

Curry

Curry is Alaskan,  born and raised. Her love and affection for people, as well as the outdoors makes her the perfect ANG mascot. She loves hiking, finding moose antler sheds in the forest, and napping in the sun. Curry Ridge trail is her favorite place to hike in Denali State Park, because it offers both forest and alpine tundra biomes and it is, of course, the ridge she's named after. Curry is also a valuble part of our social media team and you can often find her on our Instagram and FaceBook posts.