Glacier Park’s Largest Carnivores | 3-Day Educational Program

Glacier National Park is home to a full complement of large carnivores interacting, avoiding, and competing with each other on this rugged landscape. Over the course of three days, we will investigate the life histories and habitats of Glacier’s bears, wolves and mountain lions. The return of wolves to the area in the 1980s has helped shape the dynamics of both predator and prey utilizing this unique landscape. We will learn about the ecology and behavior of Glacier’s carnivores as we hike through the wilderness where these magnificent carnivores roam. Dave, Diane and Toni have decades of carnivore experience to share throughout this interactive & field-based class.

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High Country Exploration | Guided Educational Hike

Come experience the high country, where we will observe environmental changes as we hike from the dense subalpine spruce and fir forest of the Saint Mary Valley, to the stunning alpine zones characterized by gnarled, windswept trees that hug the ground. We will continue up to the rocky, moonscape-like tundra at Piegan Pass, where colorful wildflowers grow only inches tall. We will learn about the life cycles, adaptation strategies, and interactions of plants and animals of the high country. We will delve into how certain indicator species thrive in these zones, despite the wind and weather extremes of the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Natural Disasters of Glacier National Park | Guided Educational Hike

Whether it’s flood, fire, avalanches, infestations, and more, natural disasters play an active role in shaping the landscape of Glacier National Park. “Disaster” is a socially constructed concept that can refer to any natural disturbance, which happens to disrupt human use of the landscape. Natural disasters pose a constant challenge for the National Park Service, as managers seek solutions that balance human safety against the integrity of environmental processes. We will spend the day learning about the many natural disaster processes that are an integral part of Glacier, and we will view and experience the evidence that recent natural disasters have left behind.

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Reading the Forest Landscape | Guided Educational Hike

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 of its trees – from towering, old-growth temperate rainforest species on Glacier’s west side to the stunted, twisted, high elevation (krummholz) trees found at the upper limits of treeline. And hone your observational skills as you learn to decipher the stories inscribed on tree trunks and branches by wildlife. Glacier’s forests share their secrets once you know where to look.

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Backcountry Trail Blazers | 5-Day Summer Camp

Backcountry Trail Blazers Teen Hiking Camp

Ages 11-16: The sprawling forests, crystalline lakes, and secluded hollows of the Flathead Valley offer millions of acres of secluded wilderness to inspire endless awe and exploration. It is on these trails that our trailblazers will experience four days of pure backcountry adventure. Under the guidance and supervision of our staff, trailblazers will climb peaks, navigate their way through enchanting moss hewn valleys, and try their hand at backcountry cooking near glittering alpine lakes. This backpacking adventure is suited for first-time backpackers and experienced hikers alike.

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Big Creek Boys | 3-Day Summer Camp

Ages 9-11: Under the wide-open sky and amongst the fresh air we’ll find out just what it takes to survive in the wild by building shelters, learning how to navigate the land, and hopefully getting some sparks flying in our fire building lessons. Whether your camper comes alone or with a buddy there will be no shortage of camaraderie in our Big Creek Boys Camp with all the exciting team building games and activities we have planned. We’ve dedicated three whole days to just the boys!

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Big Creek Girls | 3-Day Summer Camp

Ages 9-11: We’re dedicating three whole days to those lovely ladies who may be damsels, but sure aren’t in any distress! We’re going to spend our days breathing in the fresh air as we learn how to start a fire, build a shelter, and work together as a team with all sorts of exciting games and activities. Whether your lovely lady comes to camp alone or with a buddy, there will be no shortage of camaraderie in our Big Creek Girls camp. Do you have a strong independent lady in your life? We hope to see her soon!

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Columbia Falls | Summer Day Camp

Ages 7-11: All of our activities for the day will revolve around our central theme. We will begin by getting to know each other before introducing topics such as wildlife safety and leave no trace principles. The day will consist of a field trip, hands-on activities, games, art projects, exploration and a short hike all focused on exploring the theme of the day.

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Happy Camper | 2-Day Summer Camp

Ages 7-9: For many of our young, budding naturalists, this is the first sleep-away camp they will experience. We have plenty of exciting games and activities planned to ease your child into this sleep-away experience. Whether this is their first time away, or they are a seasoned sleep-away veteran, this camp will leave them bursting with confidence, memories, and newfound friends

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Intro to Backpacking | 3-Day Summer Camp

Ages 11-14: Backpacking is one of the most rewarding and confidence-boosting activities but can be a daunting undertaking for many experienced, and inexperienced, hikers alike. This introductory camp will teach campers all the skills, tips, and tricks they need to be successful in the backcountry, and we will put those new skills to test on a one-night backpacking trip! Reserve a spot quickly before this popular camp fills up!

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Legacy Skills | 3-Day Summer Camp

Ages 9-13: Come learn the skills of our ancestors! The arts of fire-building, shelter-making, and food gathering are becoming lost in the hustle and bustle of modern life. Our educators will teach your campers the unique wildcrafting skills that are crucial to life in the outdoors. We might even learn to bake a healthy dessert over the open fire! Please let us know as soon as possible if your child has any special requirements (dietary, medical, physical, etc.) so we may meet their needs. You may send snacks with your child, but all food must be stored in special bins in the Mess Hall to avoid any curious critters visiting our bunkhouses.

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Nature Discovery | 4-Day Summer Camp

Ages 9-11: This is a time that no one should miss! This camp offers an adventure-packed week in the vast, secluded, and enchanting wilderness of the North Fork Valley. Hiking to epic viewpoints and blooming meadows, sampling macroinvertebrates, learning and practicing basic wilderness skills, discovering and learning about local geologic formations, and embracing childhood through classic summer camp fun and games are only a few of the things that we’ll be diving into. Memories will be made and bear claws will be devoured. It’s time to have some North Fork Fun!

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