Glacier Ride participants Fannie Watkinson, Steve Dakin, and Fan Watkinson pause to take in the scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road last summer. Continue reading
COLUMBIA FALLS, MONT. - Glacier National Park was recently recognized as a leader in global conservation at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia last November. Park Superintendent Jeff Mow and US Geological Survey Research Ecologist Dan Fagre attended the Congress and gave several panel talks during the event and will share their observations on how Glacier National Park fits into the world of global conservation at a presentation sponsored by the Glacier National Park Conservancy in partnership with Flathead Valley Community College’s Natural Resources program on Tuesday, April 14th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the FVCC Room AT 139.
Glacier is getting attention worldwide as an international leader in protecting our world’s most significant natural and cultural resources. It’s a national park, an international peace park, a biosphere reserve and a world heritage site. No other place in America has those four designations.
With its melting glaciers making nearly continuous headlines, Glacier park is well-known throughout the world, Mow said. "Glacier really does have an international reputation," he said. It was also the first International Peace Park, teaming up with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada in 1932 to commemorate the peace and goodwill our two nations share. Today, the two parks work toward shared management to protect the water, plants and animals found on both sides of the border. That accomplishment "still resonates on a global scale," Mow noted.
Superintendent Mow’s participation in the Congress was paid through a grant from the Glacier National Park Conservancy. “The tremendous support we received from local businesses and individuals over the past year resulted in over 40 grants to fund projects and programs in Glacier National Park” said Mark Preiss, CEO of the Glacier Conservancy. “Our community truly understands Glacier’s essential economic and conservation value, both locally and on the world stage”.
There were more than 6,000 participants from over 170 countries at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia. Participants celebrated the many inspiring ways parks and people are addressing the challenges facing the planet through protected area approaches that respect and conserve nature, while benefitting human health and prosperity. The Congress took stock of not just what is challenging protected areas, but how innovative leaders in every corner of the world are finding and implementing protected area solutions to a wide range of challenges, from climate change to economic recessions.
This presentation is free and open to the public, no reservations required. Please join Glacier National Park, the Glacier National Park Conservancy, and FVCC for this community speakers event.
Join A Park Ranger to Explore the Winter Environment
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park is offering winter snowshoe walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning Saturday, January 10, Winter Trails Day. This day is celebrated throughout the country as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and discover the fitness and social benefits of outdoor activities. The snowshoe walks will continue through Sunday, March 22.
The public is invited to join the two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the park’s winter environment. The program is free. Participants are encouraged to bring snowshoes or they are available to rent for a nominal fee at the Apgar Visitor Center. Participants should wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions, and bring water and snacks.
This year, the walks will begin and conclude at the relocated Apgar Visitor Center. There is no group size limit and reservations are not accepted. The snowshoe walks are suitable for varying ages and abilities, but are not recommended for children under age 6.
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. For more information about the Glacier National Park Conservancy visit http://glacier.org/wp/.
Park entrance fees are required. The park’s winter entrance fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hiker /bicyclist /motorcyclist) for a seven-day pass. When an entrance station is not staffed, it is the responsibility of the visitor to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations at respective park entrance stations. Annual park passes, which allow visitors unlimited entry to the park for 12 months from the first date of entry, are available for $35. Annual passes may be purchased on weekends from staffed entrance stations, at park headquarters on weekdays from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling 406-888-7800.
(Columbia Falls, MT) The Glacier National Park Conservancy is hosting its signature fundraising event on August, 2, at Green Valley Ranch in Coram. The Backpacker’s Ball is the once a year gala to raise substantial funds to invest in Glacier National Park.
The Conservancy is proud to announce a tremendous amount of community business support for this year’s key philanthropic celebration. “Businesses are committed to investing in Glacier’s future,” said Glacier National Park Conservancy President and CEO Mark Preiss. “We could not do this without such overwhelming support, and we are being approached by businesses throughout Flathead Valley and nationally who want to be involved.”
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Glacier National Park Conservancy Board of Directors have each stepped forward with $10,000 event sponsorships. Other community sponsors include Glacier National Park Lodges, Kootenai Resource Corporation, Glacier Bank, the Daily Inter Lake, Sportsman & Ski Haus, Sokaapiiwa Foundation, and West Glacier Mercantile. Hundreds of others are participating in a meaningful way.
Last year, the Backpacker’s Ball raised $100,000 to benefit Glacier National Park. This year, the goal is $120,000, which the Conservancy believes is possible if business and private sponsors continue to come forward with such enthusiasm.
The live and silent auction offers many unique adventure packages. Delta has donated a pair of tickets to anywhere in the world except Hawaii. Patrick Henry Creative Charters has donated a once in a lifetime private train trip for 10 people, running from Chicago to Whitefish. The train features a private sleeping car, luxury dining car, a chef and a bartender. Spotted Bear Ranch is offering a two-day pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness followed by a three-day fly fishing float trip.
Glacier National Park relies on Backpacker’s Ball to raise nearly 10% of its annual philanthropic donations. From field trips for school children to park restoration, Backpacker’s Ball and other Glacier Conservancy fundraising efforts will position Glacier to receive continued support for current and future generations. For more information, please visit www.backpackersball.com.
Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official philanthropic and outreach partner of Glacier National Park, and invests in preservation, education and research to transform the Glacier experience. In 2014, GNPC is supporting 20 projects in Glacier National Park including Glacier Youth Corps, the Apgar Visitor Center rehabilitation, the Many Glacier Bridal Path, and Native America Speaks.
Contact: Lauren Alley
Interview with Michelle Peterson, East Glacier Park Elementary Teacher – Winter Ecology School Program.
Through the support of individuals and businesses, we are engaging tomorrow's stewards in classrooms across Montana, and bringing local children to Glacier National Park for hands-on educational experiences.
The Winter Ecology School Program works on many different levels. It provides essential K-12 access to Glacier and establishes a career track for young adults interested in environmental education and future careers with Glacier National Park by providing paid internships. Five of the past winter interns participating in the Ecology Program now work in the Park as seasonal interpreters.
As a major component of our overall education program, the Winter Ecology Program is a cornerstone helping local students form lasting bonds and a greater understanding of Glacier National Park. It is meaningful because it provides access to local students, many of whom may not otherwise have access to the Park, with a connection to the natural resources and ecological processes of Glacier National Park. Annually, the program connects over 2,800 local students and teachers from 32 different schools to the Park. Most of the students who participate come from traditionally under-served schools, rural school districts and schools on the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations. They especially appreciate the opportunity to experience our national treasure.
Without the visionary support of our supporters, Michelle's story and the legacy it leaves for her students would not be possible. Join us in our promise to invest in the stewards of tomorrow! Visit our Donations Page and be part of Glacier’s Call to Action.