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Adulthood can be hard. Enjoying time outdoors as an adult should be easy.

Learn a new skill or master an old one.  The Glacier Institute offers you the chance to make the most of every minute in nature. We understand how valuable and rare it can be to have time in the outdoors. We make sure that adult participants experience Glacier National Park like never before.

Orchids | Guided Educational Hike

June 11: 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 the... [READ MORE]

Owls of the Mission Valley | Guided Educational Hike

April 16: This course will provide a thorough introduction to the ecology and identification of the owls of the Mission Valley. Montana boasts the largest number of breeding owl species of any state in the nation. The Mission Valley provides... [READ MORE]

Plant Allies: Local Herbal Medicinal Plants | Guided Educational Hike

August 26: Our wild lands are a living pharmacy valued throughout history for their ability to aid our everyday aches and pains and help us in emergency situations. This class will meander into one or more of Glacier's ecosystems to explore nature's... [READ MORE]

Plein Air Acrylics | 2-Day Educational Program

August 3-4: Capture the iconic views of Glacier National Park through brushstroke, while honing in on creativity and observation skills. This course will explore the significance of preparation, composition, color blocking, and detail. Through... [READ MORE]

Rare Carnivores | Guided Educational Hike

August 20: They are the animals of myth and legend. Everyone has heard stories, but very few have actually seen them. The rare carnivores of Glacier National Park are nothing short of legendary. Join us for a full-day survey of several of the... [READ MORE]

Reading the Forest Landscape | Guided Educational Hike

July 2 & 31 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 through recognition... [READ MORE]

Siyeh | Guided Day Hike

Daily, July - September:Join us as we highlight the “Mad Wolf” of Glacier National Park. The area around Siyeh is teeming with fossils, signs of wildlife, and wildflowers. Our exploration of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road will lead us to... [READ MORE]

Summer Mushrooms and Lichens | 2-Day Educational Hike

June 25-26: 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 look... [READ MORE]

The Uncommon Loon | Guided Educational Hike

June 21: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 time exploring... [READ MORE]
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Two Medicine Valley | Guided Day Hike

Daily, June: Join us as we explore the unique natural wonders of the Two Medicine Valley in Glacier National Park. Sinopah Mountain, meaning "kit fox" in Blackfeet, looms above the South Shore trailhead of Two Medicine Lake, a sedimentary monument... [READ MORE]

Wilderness First Responder Part 2 | 5 Day – No Lodging

April 25-29: Our two-part hybrid WFR course minimizes the time spent away from home or work by separating the lecture and practical skills of a standard WFR course into two separate parts. Part 1 is taught completely online via dedicated course... [READ MORE]

Wilderness First Responder Part 2 | 5 Days – With Lodging

April 25-29: Our two-part hybrid WFR course minimizes the time spent away from home or work by separating the lecture and practical skills of a standard WFR course into two separate parts. Part 1 is taught completely online via dedicated course... [READ MORE]