Glacier Park Educational Programs


Gain a Whole New Outlook and Learn About Nature With Our Glacier Park Hikes, Tours, and Educational Programs.

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, but you also get into the Park! Participation in a Glacier Institute course acts as your Going to the Sun Road ticket for the day.

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Fall Mushroom Foray | Educational Program

September 21, 2024: This course will provide a thorough introduction to edible mushrooms and the role fungi play in the northern Rockies ecosystem. You will need no previous education in mycology to take this course, but since most fungi have... [READ MORE]

Firebrand Pass Guided Day Hike

Multiple:Step into the wild and undisturbed aspen parklands just below the Continental Divide. This outing will appeal to those that wish to get off the beaten path and experience a portion of Glacier that sees very few visitors each year. This... [READ MORE]
Fly Fishing for Beginners

Fly Fishing for Beginners 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]
Forest Bathing Workshop

Forest Bathing Workshop

Multiple: Forest bathing is a different way of experiencing the natural world than most people are used to. Best known for its health benefits, including stress reduction, forest bathing is also a nature connection practice. During this workshop,... [READ MORE]
Glacier Park Full Moon Shoeshoe

Full Moon Snowshoe

January 25 & February 24, 2024: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek." - John Muir. Join the Glacier Institute staff as we bundle up, get our snowshoes ready and practice the simple and fulfilling skill of observation.... [READ MORE]
park grazers educational day hikes

Glacier’s Grazers – Guided Educational Day Hike

August 31, 2024: During this one-day course, we will discuss in detail the ungulates of Glacier National Park, with emphasis on life histories, distribution, habitat requirements, and predator-prey relationships. There are six ungulate species... [READ MORE]
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]
Montana master nature list

Montana Master Naturalist | 5-Day Educational Program

July 8-12, 2024: 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, participants... [READ MORE]

Plein Air Watercolor Sketching & Painting

August 10-11, 2024: Join Master Naturalist and international award-winning watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, for a fun and educational two-day workshop that offers group discussions, demonstrations, and practical experience for those who want... [READ MORE]