Monday, August 23, 2010

Art Unveiling Event

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Art Unveiling at the Mark Ogle Studio! The event was a huge success with all of your support. Tickets are now available for our Oktoberfest (September 24th) so call in to get yours now! Main Office- 406.755.122

Mark Ogle talking about his donated painting, "Birdwoman Falls."

"Birdwoman Falls," by Mark Ogle (the original painting will be auctioned off at the Oktoberfest).

Monday, July 12, 2010

Learn to Fly Fish!

On July 31st - August 1st, Glacier Institute will be offering "The Art & Science of Fly Fishing!" This is a basic beginner’s course to help you understand the science of streams, insects, fish and the finer points of fly-fishing. You will learn about basic gear, knots, casting and where to look for fish. You will be practicing your skills on the “Wild and Scenic” North Fork of the Flathead River. The course will also include an evening session that will provide a hands-on introduction to fly-tying. Call us at 406-755-1211 to sign up!

Date(s): July 31 - Aug. 1, 2010 - Saturday - Sunday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Meeting Place: Big Creek Outdoor Education Center
Activity Level: Moderate
Instructor(s): Bob Geyer
Course Fee: $200 includes lodging at Big Creek July 31/ $170 without lodging.

Photo courtesy of Rebeka H.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Join us for the first course in the Centennial Series!!!

The first course of the Centennial Series is coming up next week! 100 Years of Bears in Many Glacier will be held June 4-6 and there's still time to sign up! Glacier National Park’s story would not be complete without a look at the bears of Glacier Park. Join us for day hikes with expert naturalist and author, Ralph Waldt, to learn about bear biology, habitat and foods, and spring emergence from the den. We hope to catch a glimpse of one of these impressive animals by making frequent stops along the trail and roads to glass mountain sides and avalanche chutes.Give us a call or check out the details online:
Photo Courtesy of Greg Thigpen

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cycling for Slides this Sunday!!!

There's still space available in this Sunday's Cycling for Slides course, so if you haven't signed up already, you still can! Here are the course details again:

Date: May 23, 2010 - Sunday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Age: Ages 12 and up are welcome with an adult
*UPDATED MEETING LOCATION: Field Camp at 9 AM (rather than up at Avalanche CG)
Activity Level: Easy
Instructor(s): Paul Rappaport, M.S.
Course Fee: $65
Credits: 8 OPI
Student Limit: 13


Monday, May 17, 2010

Work Weekend

A huge thank you to all the wonderful & hardworking volunteers who donated their time on Saturday at both Big Creek and Field Camp! It was a huge success and we couldn't have accomplished it without you all!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Glacier's Harlequins (recap)

Even the chilly, wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the participants at this weekend’s Glacier’s Harlequins course! Under the guidance of instructor John Ashley, these 10 lucky participants had the opportunity to observe several Harlequin pairs while hiking along McDonald Creek. John shared both his knowledge and passion for Harlequins, emphasizing the importance of education in order to protect this at risk species. So if you're up in the Park, keep a look out for Harlequins!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cycling for Slides

Avalanche slide paths along the Going-to-the-Sun Road provide key late-Spring ecological niches for early season foragers, grazers and opportunists: deer, elk and grizzly bear. Avalanche occurrence and dynamics are a function of terrain, weather, snowpack and a triggering mechanism. Come join us on this cycling excursion from Avalanche Creek to Logan Creek (8 miles round trip or perhaps the Loop: 15 miles round trip) to stop often to observe and discuss the dynamics of avalanche slide paths and their ecological role in the landscape.

Date(s): May 23, 2010 - Sunday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Age: Ages 12 and up are welcome with an adult
Meeting Place: Avalanche Lake Trailhead Parking Area
Activity Level: Easy
Instructor(s): Paul Rappaport, M.S.
Course Fee: $65
Credits: 8 OPI
Student Limit: 13

Monday, April 26, 2010

Work Weekend

Want to help out, do some good work, get some lunch, and work on your tan all at the same time? Join us for Work Weekend May 15th!

We need volunteers at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center on the North Fork and Glacier Park Field Camp in West Glacier for some light maintenance, cleaning, raking, trail clean-up and more.

Please come prepared to work hard, play hard, get dirty, make friends, eat some good food and do some great volunteer work. Contact the main office if you would like to join us: 406-755-1211 or

We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Glacier Institute welcomes Tyler Nordgren

There is a new instructor at the Glacier Institute this year.

Tyler Nordgren is an astronomer and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Redlands in California.

He earned his Ph.D in Astronomy from Cornell University where he used some of the largest telescopes in the world to study dark matter in galaxies. In 2004 he was part of a team of seven astronomers and artists who converted the camera calibration targets on NASA's Mars Rover into functioning sundials still in operation on the Red Planet today. For the last four years he has been a member of the National Park Service Night Sky Team working closely with astronomers and park rangers to protect our dark skies and promote astronomy education through their continued enjoyment.

In 2008 he was one of Glacier National Park's Artists-in-Residence because of his photography of the night sky above the nation's parks.

In celebration of Glacier National Park's one hundred year anniversary Tyler will be presenting Astronomy and Night Sky Awareness August 6th and 13th and Astrophotography of Glacier's Night Sky on August 7th and 14th.

Please join us for these exciting new courses and welcome Tyler this summer!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Burgers for Big Creek

Join the Kalispell Wendy's and the Glacier Institute this Wednesday, March 10th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for BURGERS FOR BIG CREEK!

Wendy's is hosting the fundraiser to support educational scholarships for students of the Flathead Valley to attend Big Creek Outdoor Education programs. A portion of all proceeds go towards providing educational opportunities for local students.

Join us for fun, food and Frosties to support Learning Gone Wild!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It's not too early in the season for an adventure in Glacier National Park. Join us on March 13th for Stories in the Snow.

Glacier’s blanket of snow reveals a frenzy of footprints, offering glimpses of wildlife activity that goes otherwise unseen. We’ll take a three to four mile (round trip) hike focusing on the forest carnivores that remain active in the winter, such as lynx, fisher, pine marten, mountain lion, and wolverines interpreting the tracks, signs and stories that they leave behind.

For more information visit the Glacier Institute web site at

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kintla Valley Cross-country: A Predators Shangri-La

Join us for our Kintla Valley Cross-country course on February 19 - 21, 2010. This course will be a challenging and rewarding adventure into a hidden paradise, Glacier National Park’s Kintla Valley.

This wild and remote valley is the an ideal place for deer, elk, and moose to spend the winter. For more information contact the Glacier Institute office at 406-755-1211.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Learning Gone Wild in 2010!!

Join us in the new year for special Centennial series courses along with many of your favorites. Our 2010 course schedule is available online at The catalog will be available shortly so if you would like a hard copy please let us know.

Here's to an exciting Centennial year in Glacier National Park!
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