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Do you like to spend time in nature but don’t really want to go camping?

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.

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]

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]

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]

Complete Going-to-the-Sun Road Guided Day Hike

Daily, July - September: This is your complete Going-to-the-Sun Road educational experience! Our day will begin at 8am as we head towards the park entrance in West Glacier. Along the road, we will have chances to stop and learn at such iconic... [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]

Family Snow Day

February 18, 2023: Bring your family and join us for a day of fun in the snow! Get outdoors around the holidays and have a chance to explore the beauty of the Flathead National Forest while engaging in fun activities for all ages. Throughout the... [READ MORE]

Finger Painting in Glacier Park Educational Program

Join us as we view Glacier National Park through an artistic lens. This course will explore the hands-on technique of finger painting. We as artists will put down our paint brushes and use our fingers as tools while deepening our connections to the natural... [READ MORE]

Firebrand Pass Guided Day Hike

Every Wednesday & Saturday: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... [READ MORE]

Fly Fishing for Beginners Educational Program

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 your skills... [READ MORE]

Full Moon Snowshoe

February 4, 2023: "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. With our Full... [READ MORE]