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Glacier National Park | Events 2014

February 24th, 2014 by teresa

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The Glacier Institute is a non-profit organisation with an objective of increasing through education a science-based understanding of Glacier National Park‘s ecosystem. Now entering its 31st year of educational programs, the Glacier Institute partners with Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Flathead Valley Community College to offer family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs.

‘Join The Glacier Institute, and instructor Beau Servo, for a day of adventure in the snow-cloaked forest to study ecological concepts from a winter perspective. We will start with a short classroom session focusing on predator/prey relationships, evergreen plant species, and animals’ adaptations to winter. Our field session will follow and we will concentrate on hunting behaviors, prey escape strategy, specialized adaptations, tracks and trails, and wintering birds of prey. We will be traveling on snowshoes and students may use their own.  Students may request in advance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Institute.’

Saturday, March 1, 2014

9 am – 5pm

$65 per person

Glacier Park Community Building, located behind Park Headquarters in West Glacier

To register and gain more information on the Winter Ecology and Animal Tracking course, other courses, projects and activities of the Glacier Institute please call (406) 755-1211 or visit us online at www.glacierinstitute.org.

 

Glacier National Park – Winter Snowshoe Walks

January 10th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Glacier National Park

Enjoy free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the park’s winter environment every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11  through Saturday, March 22 2014

Where: Apgar Visitor Center
Who:  suitable for varying ages and abilities, but not recommended for children under age 6.
How: bring snowshoes (or rent at the Apgar Visitor Center),wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers, and bring water and snacks.

*Park entrance fees are required.  

The snowshoe walks are presented in partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.  The Conservancy is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park,  providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach.

Please contact the park at 406-888-7800 for general information regarding the ranger-led snowshoe walks.

Snowshoe Glacier National Park

November 22nd, 2011 by HTL

Snowshoeing is part of Glacier’s history and is a great way to explore parts of the park closed to motorized vehicles through the winter months.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary characters like Joe Cosley, a one-time Park ranger who was nicknamed Panther-on-snowshoes by natives for his legendary ability to snowshoe up to seventy miles in one day through Glacier’s backcountry. Traditional snowshoes, such as those used by Joe and locals,  would have been made from rawhide bindings and wood.  They were designed to enable the wearer to walk across the top of deep snow and so made otherwise inaccessible areas easier to travel through in snow season. Today, snowshoes are made from modern, lightweight material such as aluminum and come in a range of sizes making snowshoeing a great way to get out and get fit!

Choose to explore our area on snowshoe by choosing one of these great trails, join in on guided snowshoe hikes with Glacier National Park Ranger-led activities, or try it out by heading out to the Beaver Ponds behind your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Snowshoes can be rented at various locations but generally you can expect to pay between $100 – $300 for a new pair.  Specialist shoes are available for backcountry hikers looking for undiscovered powder for snowboarding and for those specifically looking to increase their fitness levels.

For great snowshoeing a base of 8 inches is recommended so while the snow falls and works on that for us, why not read more about it and get working on finding the right pair of snowshoes to fit in your Christmas stocking?!




 

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