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You’ll gain an entirely new outlook on the natural world through our in-depth education.

Fall in love with Glacier National Park Courses for the first time, or all over again!  Not only do you get an amazing educational experience, you also get into the Park! Participation in a Glacier Institute course acts as your Going-to-the-Sun Road ticket for the day.

Alpine Mammals Guided Educational Hike

August 26, 2023: Have you ever wondered why marmots lick your hiking boots and steal your trekking poles? How mountain goats can climb vertical cliffs while lacking opposable thumbs? How the animals of Logan Pass endure frequent subzero temperatures... [READ MORE]

Alpine Wildflowers Guided Educational Hike

The wildflowers of Glacier are spectacular. They are especially beautiful against the rugged backdrop of mountain peaks. Their fragility is even more striking when the adverse environment of their habitat is understood. In this class, our goal is to... [READ MORE]

August Montana Master Naturalist – 5-Day Educational Program

August 21-25, 2023: The core focus of this week-long course will be developing skills to read the landscape. We will use big themes of biogeography, forest succession, and habitat to frame our knowledge. Through this five-day intensive course,... [READ MORE]

Avalanche Lake Guided Day Hike

Daily, June - September: Avalanche is one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park! After traveling past the gorgeous Lake McDonald, we will begin our educational hike at the lush Trail of the Cedars trailhead. We will continue climbing... [READ MORE]

Beavers: Glacier Park’s Habitat Builders – 2-Day Guided Educational Hike

September 15-16, 2023: Discover the amazing beaver! Beavers are second only to humans in their ability to alter their environment. The habitats they create are vital to the livelihood of a huge number of species from birds and fish to elk and... [READ MORE]

Birding by Ear in Glacier Park

Glacier National Park comprises more than 1 million acres of diverse and stunning bird habitat. Encounter both common and uncommon bird species that thrive in and around the park on an adventure led by expert birder Denny Olson, who possesses an intimate... [READ MORE]

Capturing Glacier’s Night Sky Photography Course

January 21, 2023: Montana is the land of big skies. These grand, wide open spaces are awe-inspiring, even more so at night. Come learn how to capture a moment of Montana's starry night sky. We will be surrounded by glacially-carved peaks reaching... [READ MORE]

Early Season Wildflowers Guided Educational Hike

June 3, 2023: June is the ideal month to observe the blooms of the prairies, foothills, and forests. Anyone who delights in wildflowers will be thrilled with the dozens of flower species we'll encounter as we travel up and over the Continental... [READ MORE]

Exploring Glacier Park – 6-Day Guided Hike in August

During this epic series of guided hikes, we promise you a week of camaraderie, learning, and world-class hiking that you will remember for the rest of your life. Join like-minded adventurers for a weeklong exploration of the 'Crown of the Continent'... [READ MORE]

Exploring Glacier Park – 6-Day Guided Hike in September

During this epic series of guided hikes, we promise you a week of camaraderie, learning, and world-class hiking that you will remember for the rest of your life. Join like-minded adventurers for a weeklong exploration of the 'Crown of the Continent'... [READ MORE]

Exploring Glacier Park – 6-Day Guided Hikes in July

During this epic series of guided day hikes, we promise you a week of camaraderie, learning, and world-class hiking that you will remember for the rest of your life. Join like-minded adventurers for a weeklong exploration of the 'Crown of the Continent'... [READ MORE]

Fall Landscape Photography – 3-Day Educational Program

Using the iconic scenery of Glacier National Park as our canvas, we will dive into the fundamental techniques of shooting and editing landscape photographs. Students will engage in a mixture of classroom and field instruction over multiple days, learning... [READ MORE]