Press Release

  • Sperry Chalet Public Presentation and Open House Planned

    Glacier National Park Press Release:

    West Glacier, MT –  The National Park Service will host a community event entitled “The Sperry Chalet Experience: Past, Present, and Future” to engage with the public, Continue reading

  • Glacier National Park Conservancy announces Give Back to Glacier Week

    Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.51.52 PM (1)(Columbia Falls, MT) Earlier this year, Glacier National Park submitted funding requests for 48 projects to the Glacier National Park Conservancy, totaling over $2 million and highlighting ambitious and new strategies in preservation, education and research. To kick start the year end push to fund as many additional projects as possible, the Conservancy has announced its first ever community giving campaign, Give Back to Glacier Week, beginning Sunday, November 1.

    To help with the effort, the Glacier Conservancy’s Board of Directors has stepped forward with a $50,000 gift. All new donations to the Conservancy will be matched one to one up to $50,000, now through November 7, 2015.

    “This represents a significant opportunity for our community to support projects and programs that are important for our families. Glacier National Park is why so many of us choose to live here and part of living here is supporting this special resource in our own backyards,” said Glacier National Park Conservancy President Mark Preiss.

    Even with significant closures related to fires this summer, Glacier is still on track to set visitation records this year. This ongoing, increased use of the park leads to additional needs, many of which are not covered by government funding alone and need private support to come to fruition.

    Projects that still need funding include significant trail improvements to the Hidden Lake Trail at Logan Pass that sees six thousand visitors a day during the busy summer season, replacing the roadside interpretive exhibits along the heavily traveled Going-to-the-Sun Road and an ambitious Crown of the Continent Wildlife study that would stretch beyond Glacier into neighboring states and across the border to Canada – the first large-scale trans-boundary and multi-species project ever attempted in the Northern Rockies.

    There are many ways to support the park and no donation is too small. The Conservancy will be accepting donations on their website, but there are also other ways to support the park including choosing to fund a project in full and in-kind donations of materials or labor.

    Full details are available at glacierconservancy.org.

  • Smith's Customers "Round Up for Glacier"

    Pictured (L to R): Art Williams, Smith's Columbia Falls Store Manager; Laura Law, Education Specialist, Glacier National Park; Bret Bundrick, Smith's Kalispell Store Manager; Mark Preiss, Glacier Conservancy President Pictured (L to R): Art Williams, Smith's Columbia Falls Store Manager; Laura Law, Education Specialist, Glacier National Park; Bret Bundrick, Smith's Kalispell Store Manager; Mark Preiss, Glacier Conservancy President

    (COLUMBIA FALLS, MONTANA) – For the seventh consecutive year, Smith’s Food & Drug Centers in Columbia Falls and Kalispell sponsored “Round Up for Glacier,” throughout the month of July.  Customers were asked to “round up” their grocery bill to support field trips to Glacier National Park with all donations funding transportation to Glacier National Park for local schools with limited travel budgets.

    Customers responded by donating $9,982 at check out during the month-long campaign, which was then matched by Smith’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program with a grant of $2,500. This will fund field trip opportunities for 2,500 students from school districts that surround the park during the 2015-2016 school year.

    “Glacier National Park’s educational programs provide opportunities to seamlessly connect classroom learning with hands-on discovery in the park for Montana students,” said Glacier Conservancy president Mark Preiss. “From Winter Ecology on Snowshoes to first grade’s Wild Animals, Wild Places, these experiences help students form lasting bonds with the park.”

    “This is an important project, not only as a local event but also as an environmental event to teach children the value of our wonderful national parks like Glacier,” said Marsha Gilford, Vice President of Public Affairs for Smith’s Food and Drug Stores. “We are happy to participate and are proud of our local stores that believe in the importance of this program.”

    Smith’s Round Up is an important piece of the Glacier education program, providing needed funding for transportation that would otherwise not be available. “Thanks to Smith’s and each of their customers who prioritize park-based learning opportunities and donate funding to make Glacier field trips possible,” said Preiss.

    Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers. From its division office in Salt Lake City, Smith’s operates 124 stores in seven western states, including four in Montana. Smith’s charitable giving totaled $193,000 in cash and food in Montana in 2013.  For more information about Smith’s go to www.smithsfoodanddrug.com.

    Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official philanthropic and outreach partner of Glacier National Park, and invests in preservation, education and research that enrich the Glacier experience. In 2015, GNPC is supporting 40 projects in Glacier National Park including Glacier Youth Corps, the rehabilitation of the Highline Trail and the Avalanche Lake shoreline, and Native America Speaks.  Learn more at glacierconservancy.org .

  • West-Side Access to Logan Pass to Reopen Wednesday

    Logan Pass

    Fire Can Not Be Viewed from Logan Pass

    WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The Going-to-the-Sun Road is planned to be open to Logan Pass from the west side of Glacier National Park tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29.  Visitors should expect delays and congestion along the road. 

    The east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed to Logan Pass due to the Reynolds Creek Fire.  It is unknown when the east side of the road will open.

    Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said, “Providing visitor access to Logan Pass is a priority for the park.  It comes with some unique challenges as the east side of the road is closed due to the Reynolds Creek Fire, and we are in the peak of our visitor season.”

    Mow said, “We always consider employee and visitor safety in our decisions and actions, as well as the logistical nuances. This is a unique situation and we respectfully request park visitors to be patient and flexible during this time.”

    If the Going-to-the-Sun Road becomes too congested, park rangers may turn vehicles around at Big Bend or Avalanche Creek for public safety.  Parking is limited at Logan Pass so visitors may not be able to park and go inside the visitor center.

    Visitors are encouraged to use alternative transportation options to access Logan Pass, such as the park’s free shuttle system or concession-operated interpretive tours.  The interpretive tours are conducted by park concessioners Glacier National Park Lodges and Sun Tours.

    The Logan Pass Visitor Center is anticipated to be open.  The hours of operation will be

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.   The Highline Trail will be open, as well as the trail to the Hidden Lake Overlook and Hidden Lake.  Logan Pass will be closed to overnight parking, and overnight parking along the Going-to-the-Sun Road is not encouraged at this time.  Visitors will not be able to view the Reynolds Creek Fire from Logan Pass.

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  • Smith's Round Up Brings Students to Glacier for Seventh Year

    Cut Bank Middle School Students on a snow shoe field trip

    Glacier National Park Conservancy (GNPC) announced that for the seventh consecutive year, Smith’s Food & Drug Centers in Columbia Falls and Kalispell will sponsor “Round-Up for Glacier”, running now through July 26th.  Customers will be asked to “round-up” their grocery bill to support field trips to Glacier National Park. All donations will fund transportation to Glacier National Park for local schools with limited travel budgets.

    Smith’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program will provide a matching grant of up to $2,500. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000, which will fund field trip opportunities for 2,000 students from school districts that surround the park during the 2015-2016 school year.

    “Glacier National Park’s educational programs provide opportunities to seamlessly connect classroom learning with hands-on discovery in the park for Montana students,” said Glacier Conservancy president Mark Preiss. “From Winter Ecology on Snowshoes to first grade’s Wild Animals, Wild Places, these experiences help students form lasting bonds with the park.”

    Smith’s Round Up is an important piece of the Glacier education program, providing needed funding for transportation that would otherwise not be available. “Thanks to Smith’s and each of their customers who prioritize park-based learning opportunities and donate funding to make Glacier field trips possible.” said Preiss, “Five dollars is all that’s needed to send each child to the park for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

    Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers. From its division office in Salt Lake City, Smith’s operates 124 stores in seven western states, including four in Montana. For more information about Smith’s go to www.smithsfoodanddrug.com.

    Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official fundraising partner of Glacier National Park and through the support of the community, provides funding for vital projects and programs that preserve and protect the park. In 2015, GNPC is supporting 40 projects in Glacier National Park including Glacier Youth Corps, Native America Speaks and the rehabilitation of the Highline Trail and the Avalanche Lake shoreline.  Learn more atglacierconservancy.org .

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