Family Snow Tracking Day
February 15, 2021
Cost: $70 per family
What animals are out moving in the cold winter nights? Who’s spending time in your backyard? A nice blanket of fresh snow provides a record of everything that passed by recently. It also gives us an insight into how animals move in the winter. Come learn the fundamentals of snow tracking at our Big Creek Outdoor Education Center. We will spend time out on the trails observing animal signs, comparing tracks, and discussing unique winter adaptations. This is a family-friendly course and children ages 6 and up are welcomed. There will be restrooms, hot beverages, and a warming hut available.
Ages: Open to ages 6+
Location: Meet at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, directly across the road from Big Creek Campground.
What to Bring:
- Lunch & Snacks
- Water (at least 2 liters)
- Enough warm layers to be outside for 5 hours (warm hat, gloves, layers that you can shed if/when you become warm from exertion)
- Synthetic or wool layers are best
- Cotton holds moisture for much longer and increases your risk of hypothermia greatly, avoid cotton layers if at all possible
- Waterproof outer layers (coat and pants)
- Winter Boots
- Snowshoes are available for rent upon arrival, bring your own if you have them
Temperatures are, on average, at least 10 degrees colder at Big Creek than in the Flathead Valley, and we typically experience higher snowfall. While the North Fork Road is plowed on weekdays, driving conditions can be unpredictable. An all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive vehicle with winter tires is recommended. Courses may be ended early in order to ensure safe travel back to town for our participants.