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Whitefish Community Foundation awards $50K for restoration of Big Creek

December 23, 2023

The Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Glacier Institute to restore the historic buildings at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, located 20 miles north of Columbia Falls.

The Glacier Institute is the official education partner of Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, serving local youth, adults and families with courses and camps that foster connection with the natural world. More than 30,000 children and teens have participated in the Glacier Institute’s outdoor education programs at Big Creek since 1983.

“I’m always astounded at how many adults in the Flathead Valley have fond memories of visiting Big Creek in their youth, and it just reinforces the idea that we need to save this place for future generations,” Glacier Institute Executive Director Anthony Nelson said.

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