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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.

Geology of Two Medicine Valley – Guided Educational Hike

July 22, 2023: Glacier National Park is a geological marvel where opposing forces of nature have shaped the landscape over billions of years. This course will take place within the Two Medicine Valley, surrounded by glacially carved mountains... [READ MORE]

Glacier’s Harlequins – Guided Educational Program

May 20, 2023: 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]

Glacier’s Orchids – Guided Educational Hike

June 11, 2023: 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]

Herbal First Aid Kit – Guided Educational Program

Many of us enjoy spending time in the wild lands, be it day hikes, backpacking adventures or simple picnics in the great outdoors. Despite our best preparations and efforts at safety, bumps, cuts, scrapes, irritating plants and insects and little bouts... [READ MORE]

Hey Bear – Guided Educational Hike

June 10 & July 8, 2023: 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... [READ MORE]

Hidden Lake Overlook Guided Day Hike

Daily, July - September: Hidden Lake Overlook is one of the must-see hikes in Glacier National Park. This educational hiking tour will spend time discussing the incredible geology of the area while we hike along the Going-to-the-Sun road corridor.... [READ MORE]

Highline Trail Geology Guided Day Hike

July 29, 2023: 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]

Highline Trail Guided Day Hike

Daily, July - September: The Highline is arguably Glacier National Park's most famous trail. Departing from Logan Pass, this trail leads you through some of the most scenic vistas in the lower 48, all while in view of billion-year-old geological... [READ MORE]

Owls of the Mission Valley – Guided Educational Hike

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 habitat for approximately... [READ MORE]

Plant Allies: Local Herbal Medicinal Plants – Guided Educational Hike

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 medicine cabinets,... [READ MORE]

Reading the Forest Landscape – Guided Educational Hike

July 1 & August 5, 2023: 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]

The Uncommon Loon – Guided Educational Program

July 2, 2023: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... [READ MORE]