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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.

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Fly-Tying Class for Beginners

January 12, 2023: Join Joshua Gesler from True Water Fly shop as he teaches you the basics of fly tying. You will learn how to use vices, tying tools, and materials to create an amazing fly you can use in the beautiful rivers of the Flathead Valley.... [READ MORE]

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]

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]

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 Grazers – Guided Educational Day Hike

September 2, 2023: 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]

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

August 27, 2023: 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... [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 Glacier tour will spend time discussing the incredible geology of the area... [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]
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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]