Glacier’s Grazers | Guided Educational Hike

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 now in the park, and three more that were historically present. Management practices, including possible reintroductions, will also be discussed. Most of the day will be spent driving and hiking in ungulate habitat. We will also talk about flora, geology, birds, and cultural and fire histories along the way, and how these affect ungulate habitats.

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Fall Landscape Photography | 3-Day Educational Program

Using the iconic scenery of Glacier National Park as our canvas, we will dive into the fundamental techniques of shooting and editing landscape photographs. Students will engage in a mixture of classroom and field instruction over multiple days, learning the ins and outs of camera settings, composition, natural lighting, post-processing, and more. As landscape photographers, we often spend large amounts of time exploring our coveted wild places, and as such, we have an important responsibility to be good stewards of these irreplaceable resources. As part of this class, we will discuss how to be ethical, sustainable photographers who leave a minimum amount of impact on the wonderful lands we visit.

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Fall Mushroom Foray | 2-Day Guided Educational Hike

This course will provide a thorough introduction to edible mushrooms and the role fungi play in the northern Rockies ecosystem. You will need no previous education in mycology to take this course, but since most fungi have no common names, familiarity with the concept of genus and species names will improve your appreciation of the material. Students will gain familiarity with the use of a botanical key in identifying fungi, and learn the ecology and uses of edible mushrooms and how to discern between edible and poisonous mushrooms in the field. Since spring and fall species are quite different, be sure to sign up for our Summer Mushroom course to get a complete mushroom experience.

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Autumn in Glacier Park | Guided Educational Hike

Autumn is the season of change. Learn how animals and plants react to waning daylight hours and cooling temperatures. On our hike through meadows, aspen glens and into the subalpine zone, we’ll see some of the brilliant reds, oranges & golden hues of fall foliage and observe evidence of animals preparing for winter. Along the way, we’ll smell the scents of autumn; listen for the sounds of bugling bull elk; and savor the flavor of frost-kissed huckleberries in the high country.

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Beavers: Glacier Park’s Habitat Builders | 2-Day Guided Educational Hike

Discover the amazing beaver! Beavers are second only to humans in their ability to alter their environment. The habitats they create are vital to the livelihood of a huge number of species from birds and fish to elk and wolves. Beavers have also helped shape the cultural history of the region around Glacier National Park. We will spend the day learning about beavers’ unique biology and natural history, experiencing the habitat they create, and exploring methods of how we may coexist more productively with this essential keystone species.

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Fall Birds of Glacier Park | Guided Educational Hike

As autumn takes hold in Glacier National Park, breeding season winds down and fall migration begins. Familiar summer residents are preparing to head south, winter residents are trickling in, year-round species are settling in for a long winter and a number of species will be showing up only briefly on their way to their wintering grounds. Few places offer the diversity of habitats and the challenges of changing seasons like the Crown of the Continent. Take a look at fall birding in Glacier National Park and not only observe songbirds, birds of prey, and waterfowl; but also learn avian ecology and the various ways birds approach the transition to shorter days and colder temperatures. This course is for birders and those interested in avian behavior of all levels, even beginners.

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Exploring Glacier Park | 8-Day Guided Hike in September

During this epic series of guided hikes, we promise you a week of camaraderie, learning, and world-class hiking that you will remember for the rest of your life. Join like-minded adventurers for a weeklong exploration of the ‘Crown of the Continent’ Ecosystem. Venture out each day with outdoor education specialists to see and learn about cerulean lakes, meadows bursting with wildflowers, the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, and Glacier’s famous bears and goats. This trip is designed for those that want to see and learn as much as possible about Glacier over the course of a single week.

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Avalanche Lake | Guided Day Hike

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 along the Avalanche Lake trail.

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Hidden Lake Overlook | Guided Day Hike

Hidden Lake Overlook is one of the must-see highlights in the park. This educational tour will spend time discussing the incredible geology of the area while traveling along the Going-to-the-Sun road corridor. We will also take time to learn about the fire ecology of Glacier National Park and why it’s crucial for the survival of numerous species. Once we arrive at Logan Pass, we will begin our hike of the Hidden Lake Overlook trail. The alpine meadows surrounded by majestic peaks offer the unrivaled scenery to discuss wildlife habitat, Leave No Trace principles, and the importance of land stewardship.

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Highline Trail | Guided Day Hike

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 features. We will wind our way up the Going-to-the-Sun road from the west entrance, taking time to learn about the geology, wildlife, and cultural history along the way. Once at Logan Pass, we will begin our hike for an in-depth look at alpine environments, wildlife habitat, and a stunning geologic

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Siyeh Pass | Guided Day Hike

Join us as we hike to Siyeh Pass. Atop Siyeh Pass we will be enlivened by the gleam of Sexton glacier and that keyhole view of an imperial Reynolds peak. The Siyeh Pass trail delights its hikers with an ecological barrage of phenomena, from the gullies and rivulets that stream down from tarns through Preston Park and the spruce-fir forest to the grace of wildflower co-ops feeding a teeming collective of winged workers. Our day touches on the hydrological significance of this eastern finger of the maritime Pacific climate, a crash course in wildflower and shrub identification, how the buzzing insectary in these climes waxes and wanes through the season, and grizzly tales of the alpha omnivore of the Rockies.

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

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 sites like: Lake McDonald, Upper McDonald Creek, Trail of the Cedars, The Loop, Bird Woman Falls, Haystack Falls, Weeping Wall, Big Bend, Logan Pass, Big Drift, Jackson Glacier Overlook, Sun Point, and Rising Sun. This day program is the only one that will travel the complete Going-to-the-Sun road (and back), while taking the time to learn about geology, wildlife, and history. This experience is great for those who want less hiking, maximum sights, and prime photo opportunities.

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