Family Photography Camp
July 5 at 8 a.m.– July 7 at 4 p.m.
Cost: $1,500.00 per family (up to 5 family members)
Join other families and the energetic Glacier Institute staff for a multi-day, photography focused, nature exploration of Glacier National Park! This fun-filled family outing is open to families with children 8 or older. We will learn the basics of photography and how we can utilize it to observe and capture the beautiful flora of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather)
8 a.m. – Check in at Field Camp. Move into your cabins, explore the campus, meet the Glacier Institute team and other families attending camp. We will then have a tour of Field Camp, and go over safety and Leave No Trace training. We will then go over basic photography, loan out cameras and take a leisurely stroll to nearby Quarter Circle Bridge.
12 p.m. – Lunch at Field Camp.
1 p.m. – Depart for activities in Glacier! We will explore the Lake McDonald area, first heading to Rocky point on the west side of the lake where we will hike through areas burned by the Robert’s fire, and giant ponderosa pines near the shore. We will then head to the southern shore of Lake McDonald, where we will walk along, skip rocks and get some late afternoon shots of the mountaintops towering over the lake.
6 p.m. – Dinner at Field Camp.
7 p.m. – Campfire and games at Field Camp.
7 a.m. – Breakfast and lunch packing at Field Camp
8 a.m. – Day trip to Avalanche Lake to photograph and learn about old growth forests and the flora and fauna of the Lake McDonald Valley. We will eat our lunch out on the trail.
5 p.m. – Return to Field Camp.
6 p.m. – Dinner at Field Camp.
7:30 p.m. – Arts and Crafts of Glacier! We will do watercolors and sketching inspired by our photographs. We will close the day with a photo review, and highlights of the day.
7 a.m. – Breakfast at Field Camp.
8 a.m. – Day trip to Firebrand Pass to photograph and learn about the flora and fauna. We will eat our lunch out on the trail
3 p.m. – We will return to Field Camp, where we will have a photo review, and highlights of the day. The group will then have time to pack up, and the camp will be over by 4 p.m.
Food: The following meals will be provided: lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 3. We can accommodate special dietary restrictions upon request. Breakfast and dinners will be eaten in camp while most lunches will be eaten out in the field.
Accommodations: Two nights of lodging are included into the course fee. Our student cabins are basic, hostel-style cabins with 5 single beds, bedside lights, and electrical outlets. Students should be prepared to share a cabin with up to 4 other people, cabins are separated by gender. Couples may be paired up in the event there is ample space. We provide a bottom sheet for your bed as well as a pillow and pillow case, but please bring a warm sleeping bag. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp for night trips to the bathroom.
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.
Physical requirements: The hikes will be moderate in difficulty, averaging about 5 miles each day, with about 500 feet of elevation gain/loss. This trip is geared towards being able to accommodate the abilities of our youngest hikers. We will take frequent stops to practice our photography skills.
Equipment: You will receive a Field Camp gear list once you register. Most importantly are comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially in the spring so come prepared with appropriate clothing and extra warm layers. Participants are welcome to bring their own cameras, but can also use ours which will be provided. Bring a memory stick so we can offload your photos for you to take home.
Notes on our Itinerary: It is common for many of our days to start early with breakfast between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. We plan accordingly to beat the heat, beat the crowds, and we allow ourselves ample time to reach the trailhead each day. The early bird gets the worm, especially in Glacier National Park. We allow ample down time in the evenings, upon returning from our daily excursion. Due to the nature of experiencing a natural place such as Glacier National Park we are constantly adjusting our plans to accommodate road and trail closures (due to bears, weather and wildlife). Therefore natural circumstances may arise that warrant us adjusting some of the above itinerary.
Fellow Travelers: This is a group travel adventure. All participants are encouraged to review the itinerary and trip difficulty. It is inevitable that some travelers will have different goals, perspectives and abilities. We ask that the group respect each individual’s conditions and needs throughout the course or trip. We want everyone to enjoy themselves to the fullest!