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Come Experience Glacier National Park’s Best Hikes & Outdoor Education Programs

Enjoy your pick of one or more of our guided day hikes, educational programs, or multi-day hiking tours for an experience you’ll remember forever.

Our experienced naturalists and hiking guides will show you parts of Glacier National Park that most visitors never get to see. You’ll experience incredible views while learning all about Glacier Park’s ecosystems, animals, plants, geology, and so much more.

For multi-day hikes and programs, we offer a different guided hike each day. Start out with a hot breakfast and coffee or tea at Field Camp, followed by an amazing and educational hike. Return to your cabin at the end of the day, have a hot shower, and we’ll provide you with a home-cooked meal to enjoy amongst your fellow hikers.

We also handle all of the driving so you can relax and take in some of earth’s most iconic views while we navigate the twists and turns of Glacier National Park. You also won’t have to deal with parking, traffic, and vehicle passes.

If you don’t see the options you are looking for, please contact the office at 406-755-1211 or email at register@glacierinstitute.org.

Explore Hikes and Tours

Harlequin Duck day Camp

Glacier’s Harlequins – Guided Educational Program

May 18, 2024: In Glacier Park, Harlequin ducks are as rare as grizzly bears, as secretive as goshawks, and as specialized as mountain goats. We'll spend the day looking into the lives of these little-known natives and observing them feeding and... [READ MORE]
Orchids Flowers In Glacier National Park

Glacier’s Orchids – Guided Educational Hike

June 8, 2024: This course will provide an exciting introduction to the ecology and identification of some Glacier's most secretive and beautiful flora. In addition to learning how to recognize and identify orchids in the field, we will discuss... [READ MORE]
Bear In Glacier National Park

Hey Bear – Guided Educational Hike

July 6, 2024: This phrase has been deeply ingrained in the minds of most hikers, but is it the best thing to say? We've all heard about the infamous August 1967 night in Glacier, but what caused it? This course, Hey Bear: Breaking Common Myths... [READ MORE]
Highline Geology

Highline Trail Geology | Guided Day Hike

July 20, 2024: The geologic features one can see along the Highline trail offer stunning glimpses of time in Glacier's history. Our many vantage points provide spectacular views of the classic glacial landscape. Along the hike we will make several... [READ MORE]
Reading the Forest Landscape

Reading the Forest Landscape – Guided Educational Hike

July 6, 2024: Everyone knows that Glacier is a mountain park, but most people don’t realize that two-thirds of it is forested. Gain a new appreciation and understanding of this vast and “overlooked” landscape. Learn to read the forests... [READ MORE]
glacier national park private tours

Spring Mushrooms and Lichens | Educational Program

May 25, 2024: This course will provide a thorough introduction to fungi and the role they play in the northern Rockies ecosystem. We will study approximately 40 genera of fungi, their macroscopic features, spores and ecological niches. We will... [READ MORE]
Guided Day Hike with The Uncommon Loon

The Uncommon Loon – Guided Educational Program

June 30, 2024:This course will focus on the unique creature that calls many of the lakes in Glacier National Park home. Through this course, we will learn about loon anatomy, propulsion, flying, eye color, and other adaptations. We will spend... [READ MORE]

Wildflower Workshop | Guided Educational Hike

June 22, 2024: Glacier National Park is a wildflower aficionado's paradise. With nearly 1,000 species of wildflowers located within its boundaries, Glacier provides an abundance of beauty and learning opportunities for those who know where to... [READ MORE]
winter tracking

Winter Tracking Adventure

February 16 & 23, 2024: Winter is one of the best times to experience the Crown of the Continent! Frozen streams, snow pillows, and abandoned trails all leave winter hikers with a sense of primal exploration. Join us on an educational hike discovering... [READ MORE]
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Wolves of the North Fork Valley | Guided Educational Hike

June 29, 2024: This course will focus on the recovery and current status of wolves in Glacier National Park and the Northern Rocky Mountains. Since human behavior plays such an integral role in wolf recovery efforts, current wolf politics and... [READ MORE]
Women’s Fly Fishing, Educational Program

Women’s Fly Fishing | Educational Program

Multiple: Of the outdoor sports, fly fishing is arguably the most poetic. Over the past century, Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams have lured in explorers from all over the world. From beginners to active anglers, we invite you to come and increase... [READ MORE]