Lessons from Bears | Guided Educational Hike

We all have stories, so do bears, take a listen

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Distance

8 Miles

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Elevation Gain

800 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

All of us have stories to tell about our experiences in nature. Bears too have their own stories that we are lucky enough to unfold. During this one-day course, we will dive into stories and encounters from Dave Streeter’s 40 years of hiking experiences in Glacier National Park where he has learned a thing or two from these incredible animals. Our time on the trail will take us through pristine bear habitat where we will look for traces of bears and discuss the tales behind the evidence. Join us, as we have much to learn from the black bears and grizzlies of the Crown of the Continent.

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Lessons from Bears | Guided Educational Hike

Hike Overview Continued

Instructor Dave Streeter

All of us have stories to tell about our experiences in nature. Bears too have their own stories that we are lucky enough to unfold. During this one-day course, we will dive into stories and encounters from Dave Streeter’s 40 years of hiking experiences in Glacier National Park where he has learned a thing or two from these incredible animals. Our time on the trail will take us through pristine bear habitat where we will look for traces of bears and discuss the tales behind the evidence. Join us, as we have much to learn from the black bears and grizzlies of the Crown of the Continent.

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp

Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather)
After a brief introduction at Field Camp at 7 a.m., we will take the Glacier Institute vehicle to the east side of Glacier, while telling stories of bear encounters. We will hike along the trail with the hopes of witnessing bear activity and signs. After concluding our hike, we will head back to Field Camp where we will wind down with the “”cultural bear in song & stories” to cap the understanding and celebration of the bear in its home. The course will end by 4 p.m.

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.
Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.

Equipment: You will receive a Field Camp gear list once you register. Most importantly, bring comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, with very high winds, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, with warm layers, hats and gloves. Gaiters and trekking poles are also recommended, along with binoculars and field guides.

Physical Requirements: 3/5 pika. Hike will be up to 8 miles, with 800 feet in elevation changes. Depending on group interest and abilities, other short hikes may be taken. Frequent learning breaks will be taken along the trail.

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What to Expect On Your in the Lessons from Bears Guided Day Hike

We will be hiking the east side of Glacier, stopping along the trail with the hopes of witnessing bear activity and signs. The hiking distance will be up to 8 miles and 800 feet of elevation change.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Apgar Visitor Center, West Glacier.
  • The program will begin at 7 p.m. and ends at 12 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • There is a maximum number of 13 hikers per trip.
  • Glacier National Park Vehicle Pass required, purchase at recreation.gov
  • On-site parking available
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here