Report from the Park: Montana (Part One)

We had an awesome 5-day, 4-night trip in Glacier National Park the last week of July! Below you’ll find the first half of our photo and trip highlights; stay tuned for part two!

Parks in Focus: Montana started off by setting up our campsites along the shore of Lake McDonald. Right away Katie, the phenominal PIF coordinator who has guided trips in the park for several summers, taught the group what to do if they encountered some of the, er, larger wildlife in the park. The kids caught on quickly, quietly saying “Woah, Grizzly, I didn’t mean to invade your space,” then screaming “I’m not an easy meal” to our imaginary mountain lions! We didn’t have any bear or big cat encounter, but the kids were prepared just in case.  The group then shuffled over to nearby Apgar Village to learn about park history and park animals at the Discovery Cabin.  After a late-afternoon dip in the lake, we enjoyed tacos and a great community circle featuring the “Snort Game.” You should try it: basically, you have to pass a snort around the circle–without laughing.  It was an amusing way to end the evening!

Day Two we traveled upstream to visit Trail of the Cedars and hike up Avalanche Creek. Though the rain obscured some of the view, the kids had a great time photographing the aqua-colored river (due to glacial silt) and getting low to spot flowers and animals.  While refueling on trail mix once we reached Avalanche Lake, several kids said “This is the best hike I’ve ever been on!” We were joined on the hike by the ever-so-talented Helene Fischman, artist-in-residence at Glacier during our visit, who walked the group through a very popular poetry writing exercise (stay tuned for cinquains that the kids wrote). Thank you, Helene!

Stay tuned for our report from the second half of the trip.  And take a look back at the photos by the youth from Montana!

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2 thoughts on “Report from the Park: Montana (Part One)

  1. Wow… spending time in the outdoors looks like so much fun! Every kid should have this opportunity to learn about our natural places. Even in the rain, I saw so many smiling faces but I’m sure there were many challenges.

    How can we help to keep this happening into the future?

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