Glacier National Park
Day 1: Arrival and Orientation
Arrive in Great Falls, MT and transfer to our 700 acre Bison ranch on the east border of Glacier National Park. Evening orientation program and Native American history and storytelling.
Day 2: Wildlife and Geology
This morning, we depart for an early morning drive into the wildlife rich St. mary’s area searching for bears, wolves, elk, moose, mountain goats and much more. Later in the day we enjoy a classic Glacier National Park hike exploring the plants, dramatic peaks, and glaciers. Evening program – astronomy.
Day 3: Wildlife Management and Citizen Science
Spend our morning with a local professional wildlife biologist participating in a program that allows students to learn about and participate in management of bears and wolves. In the afternoon, we implement a citizen science project to support management activities on the ranch. Potential projects include remote wildlife cameras, water quality monitoring and wildlife surveys. Evening program – stories from the Mountain Men of the west.
Day 4: Whitewater Rafting
After a morning hike in Glacier National Park, we launch on a thrilling but safe whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork of the Flathead River. Final evening program at the ranch reflecting on our adventures and memories from the past 4 days.
Day 5: Depart for home
After five incredible days, we depart for home. Potential additional activity depending on final flight schedules.
Note: Groups in the East fly the red-eye on day 5 or depart early the morning of day 6 (depending on flight availability)
Day 1: Arrive Great Falls, MT
- Transfer to ranch for evening orientation
- Activity: Landforms and Geologic History of the Rocky Mountain Front and Glacier National Park
Day 2: The Rocky Mountain Front Ecosystem
Full day of activities at the 6,000 acre Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch.
- The Rocky Mountain Front Ecosystem – ecological components, management, and future
- Wildlife of the rocky Mountain Front Ecosystem
- Animal tracks and signs
- Ranch management and service on the ranch
- Tools of the trade – introduction to radio telemetry use with grizzly bear management, bear trapping, bear research
Day 3: Glacier National Park
- Full day exploring Glacier National Park
- Hike to Grinnell Glacier – phenological changes and climate change
- Wildlife Watching tour – moose, elk, bear, wolves and many small mammals and birds
- Citizen Science – monitoring Pika, Mountain goats and/or plants
- Evening program with Blackfeet historian
Day 4: Open programming – choose one of the following themes
- Blackfeet history and culture. Visit various historical and cultural sites, visit with Blackfeet historians, service work in the Blackfeet community.
- Paleontologist for a day – learn about the dinosaur discoveries along the Rocky Mountain Front and work at an active dig uncovering dinosaur fossils
- Service day – spend the full day giving back. Participate in a variety of citizen science projects such as water quality monitoring, bird surveys, plant surveys, fire science, weed management. And/or assist with land management – remove fencing, pulling noxious weeds, repairing trails
Day 5: Depart for home
- Final morning activity before departing for home
Additional activities and extensions:
- Three day and two night backpacking trip
- Whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River
- Lewis and Clark in Montana