Glacier Conversations

VIRTUAL EVENTS 2022

Upcoming Conversations

Alex Schnee in Glacier

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 6:30PM MDT

Fire Lookouts with Writer Amy Grisak

Details: Learn all about fire lookouts and their history – plus their current role – in Glacier National Park. Join writer Amy Grisak while she discusses her fascinating work writing a book about fire lookouts.

Join Executive Director, Doug Mitchell, on Zoom and have a discussion with Amy Grisak. Please register for the event using the form below. Registration is limited.

PAST Conversations

Alex Schnee in Glacier

April 2022

Cultural History of Bison in Glacier with Park Archeologist Brent Rowley

Details: Join Glacier National Park Archeologist Brent Rowley and learn about the complex relationship of bison and people from the end of the Pleistocene to the late 19th Century based on ongoing archeological research undertaken by the park’s Cultural Resources Program.

People often think of bison as being only a plains animal, but they inhabited the mountain environments of Glacier as well! Bison played a central role to the Indigenous cultures of the region, so where there were bison, there were people trying to hunt them. This project attempts to tell the story of interactions between people and bison in the high country of Glacier based on nearly 13,000 years of archeological evidence in the region.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Brent Rowley here.

Alex Schnee in Glacier

February 2022

Under The Night Sky with Artist-In-Residence Imma Barrera

Details: The Under The Night Sky presentation will highlight Imma’s current project to raise awareness about the importance of nature conservation efforts, in particular, protecting the night sky from light pollution. Preserving the night environment helps support human health and heritage and preserve wildlife habitats. Night photography offers a chance to capture and document scenes that few people ever see nowadays due to artificial light and airglow pollution.

Born in Barcelona, Imma Barrera is a landscape and nature photographer based in New Jersey. She is a graduate of NY Institute of Photography and has won several awards and exhibited her photography in a number of galleries worldwide. She has published books about the night skies in NJ and the first book of her series “Photographing National Parks” about her experience as an Artist-in-Residence at Capitol Reef. Currently, she is working on the second book about her National Park series covering Glacier and another book about several US national parks at night.

To see her work, and to find more information about Imma’s dark skies presentation, please visit this link. you can also follow her on Instagram @imma.photo.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Imma Barrera here.

Alex Schnee in Glacier

December 2021

Kay Knapton & Olivia Secord – “The Young Goat and Old Goat”

Details: Kay Knapton and her granddaughter, Olivia Secord, will join us to talk about their inspiring Climate Hike through Glacier National Park, where they volunteered to hike 50 miles in four days and raised over $9,000 for Glacier National Park.

Kay and her granddaughter Olivia Secord call themselves the Young Goat (age 11) and Old Goat (age 81). They were determined to take steps – 100,000 to be precise – to help address the effects of climate change, support conservation in Glacier National Park, and add another adventure to their bucket of shared experiences.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Kay & Olivia here.

Alex Schnee in Glacier

November 2021

Mapping Glacier’s Wilderness with Jillian McKenna

Details: Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst, Jillian McKenna, will discuss her work in creating a base GIS layered map that shows installations and facilities in Glacier’s recommended wilderness – the first of its kind for Glacier National Park.

You can learn a little bit more about the project and Jillian’s work by checking out our Project Spotlight video from this year’s virtual Backpacker’s Ball!

Watch the Zoom conversation with Jillian McKenna here.

Alex Schnee in Glacier

September 2021

Alex Schnee of Alex on the Map

Details: Alex is a professional writer and international travel blogger. Her work has been featured in USA Today, the Huffington Post, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s, and many more. A Flathead native, she now runs her own international travel blog, Alex On The Map, where she shares her passions of cooking, photography, and traveling as a digital nomad, as well as encouraging conservation and respect for natural spaces – including Glacier. She has been to over 50 countries and has worked with brands such as National Geographic, Contiki, Gutsy Women Travel, The North Face, and many more.

You can check out Alex’s recent work in Fodor’s Travel, which features Glacier Conservancy Executive Director, Doug Mitchell. The article is titled, “Everyone Is Flocking to National Parks—But Should They? Is It a Bad Idea?.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Alex Schnee here.

Students learn about propagation and maintenance of native plants in Columbia Falls High School Cooperative Greenhouse

June 2021

Glacier’s Native Plant Nursery

Details: Join us virtually as we visit Glacier’s Native Plant Nursery, where hundreds of native plants are cultivated from a variety of habitats found within the park and used in various restoration efforts. Glacier Conservancy Executive Director, Doug Mitchell, will meet with with Glacier National Park’s Vegetation Program Manager, Dawn LaFleur.

Thanks to our event partner, Center for Native Plants, we’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate, plus a shirt and hat to one participant during the event.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Dawn LaFleur here.

Exhibition The Last Glacier at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, MT

May 2021

The Last Glacier: Images of Our Changing Landscape at the Hockaday Museum of Art

Details: Join the Glacier Conservancy’s Executive Director, Doug Mitchell, and the Hockaday Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Alyssa Cordova, as well as featured artists as we explore the Hockaday’s new exhibition The Last Glacier: Images of Our Changing Landscape. The exhibition is currently on view to the public through June 19th and features the work of artists Bruce Crownover and Todd Anderson and photographer Ian van Coller. We’re incredibly honored to give you a sneak peek into the collection through this special virtual event.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Hockaday Museum of Art’s website.

Watch the Zoom conversation with the Hockaday Museum of Art’s Alyssa Cordova as well as featured artists Bruce Crownover, Todd Anderson, and Ian van Coller here.

Dr. Diane Boyd sits next to a sedated wolf while conducting wolf research in Montana

April 2021

40 Years of Wolf Recovery in Montana

Details: Dr. Diane Boyd will talk about her work in wolf recovery from the first wolf to return to Montana in 1979 to the present population of approximately 850 wolves. This very successful recovery has had many bumps in the road, but wolves are resilient and here to stay.

Diane Boyd has worked with wolves for more than 40 years. She retired from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in December 2019, as the Wolf Specialist for northwestern Montana and now pursues other conservation avenues.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Diane Boyd here.

Headwaters Podcast Hosts Andrew Smith and Michael Faist posing with a shotgun mic in front of Lake McDonald.

March 2021

Rangers Michael Faist & Andrew Smith

Details: Join Park Rangers Michael Faist and Andrew Smith for a conversation about Glacier’s new podcast, Headwaters. Michael and Andrew recorded, edited, and co-hosted the show. This brand new podcast, made possible thanks to your donations to the Glacier Conservancy, travels to every major region of Glacier to tell stories how nature and culture come together in unexpected ways.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Michael and Andrew here.

Woman running on trail next to tall grasses.

February 2021

Climate Ride: Caeli Quinn and Leticia Romero

Details: Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization that organizes life-changing charitable biking and hiking events to raise awareness and support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes, including the Glacier Climate Ride, which funds renewable energy projects in Glacier National Park. Join Co-Founder and Executive Director, Caeli Quinn, and climate runner and community activist, Leticia Romero, for a conversation about climate activism in Montana.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Caeli Quinn and Leticia Romero here.

Woman with backpack smiling with snowy forested hills in background.

January 2021

Sarah Williams

Details: Sarah Williams thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2020 during the pandemic. The route through Glacier National Park changed this year due to closures on the east side of the park.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Sarah Williams here.

Superintendent Jeff Mow

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December 2020

Team Onyx

Details: Team Onyx is the first all-Black team in expedition racing, representing the best qualities and strength that come from diversity. They are a mixture of gay and straight athletes in their 20s, 40s and 50s from around the world. Team Onyx was featured on Amazon’s World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji. Our event sponsor, Bedrock Sandals, will be giving away two free pairs of sandals to two participants during the event.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Captain Clifton Lyles here.