Each fall and spring, buses deliver over 8,000 school children to Glacier National Park who are eager to develop new skills and experience the wonder of the natural world. Families arrive for multi-generational guided park adventures. Teachers arrive to attend workshops designed to provide hands-on standards-based curriculum training for classroom and park learning. In the summer, Glacier Youth Corps sets out to repair trails, paint buildings, give public programs, and learn about careers in public lands. The Conservancy facilitates strategic education initiatives designed to engage current and future park stewards of all ages by funding programming, transportation, and endowments that ensure our children and grandchildren all have the opportunity to become a part of Glacier’s scientific, historic and conservation story.
Take a walk on Glacier’s trails or a drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road and you will pass by historic cabins, native wildflowers, exhibits about park wildlife and 10 visitor centers and ranger stations. With over 700 miles of trail and nearly 400 historic structures, countless artifacts and archaeology sites, and the storied Ptarmigan Tunnel, Glacier stretches across one million acres of forest, prairie and alpine park land. The Conservancy funds projects and programs that preserve Glacier’s heritage for all to explore in generations to come.
From climate and wildlife to citizen science and vegetation, Glacier is a thriving laboratory home to over 1200 plant species, 240 bird species and 65 species of native mammals. Its habitat extends well beyond the park’s borders, making the Crown of the Continent one of the most biologically intact ecosystems in North America. The Conservancy funds research on priority issues that help us understand Glacier and inform conservation decisions that protect Glacier’s future.