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2025 PARK PROJECTS

Help fund critical projects and programs that preserve and protect Glacier.

Justin Calhoun

Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder

By acting now, we can help ensure Glacier’s wilderness remains wild, wildlife is protected, and wonder will inspire future Glacier lovers.

Superintendent Dave Roemer

Glacier Superintendent

David M. Roemer

“These projects are the culmination of many inspiring conversations and close collaboration between the Conservancy and Glacier National Park on how to have the greatest impact as conservation partners for the protection of the resources and values that make Glacier special. The path to a park that retains its authenticity – including Native American voices, healthy wildlife populations, and wild landscapes – lies in partnership.

Featured Projects

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Wilderness Operations

Funding Needed: $276,575

This project supports ten wilderness rangers who carry out daily wilderness protection duties across the park.

Rangers conduct hiking patrols to educate visitors, monitor areas for bear activity, maintain wilderness campgrounds, and implement wilderness restoration projects.

A shuttle on the Going-to-the-Sun Road with fireweed in the foreground and mountains in the background.

Implementing a Climate Action Strategy

Funding Needed: $107,254

This project aims to create a comprehensive Climate Action Strategy, critical for achieving mandated emission reductions by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

This initiative, driven by a recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory, will convene partners to develop a roadmap over four years, emphasizing emissions reduction, tracking, and communication to inspire broader Climate Action momentum.

Orange and yellow flower growing on rocky mountain ridge.

Preservation of Native Plant Ecosystems

Funding Needed: $75,100

Biodiversity is the park’s strongest natural defense against impacts from climate change.

Preserving and restoring native plant habitat is vital to maintaining biodiversity, wilderness character, and healthy wildlife habitat. This project monitors alpine and wetland rare plants, alpine vegetation communities, and grassland species to inform conservation efforts.

Four mountain goats laying on snow.

Estimating Mountain Goat Population Size

Funding Needed: $15,000

This project funds genetic analysis of mountain goat pellet samples collected by citizen scientists over a multi-year data collection study.

Analysis will allow for an accurate understanding of Glacier’s mountain goat population, leading to more robust and effective management policies. 

Bear box for food storage.

Bear Boxes

Funding Needed: $34,480

Through a partnership with Columbia Falls High School, welding students will develop their trades skills while fabricating 15 bear-resistant food storage boxes.

The bear boxes will be installed in Glacier front-country campgrounds for visitor use.

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Little Brown Bat Survival and White-nose Syndrome Vaccination

Funding Needed: $119,991

This project pilots a preemptive White-nose Syndrome (WNS) vaccination program and assess bat survival rates during WNS outbreaks.

Investigations will also evaluate bat box designs to replicate roost conditions. Over 3,000 Little Brown Bats roost in historic buildings or bat boxes in the St. Mary area where 48 buildings are slated for renovations by 2029. This project will compare bat box designs to mitigate critical habitat loss, while offering a vital opportunity for a graduate student to advance in wildlife biology.

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Logan Pass Interpretive Rangers

Funding Needed: $70,000

Support for this project allows the park to continue to provide their full suite of interpretive services at the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Over 360,000 visitors took advantage of these services provided by staff at Logan Pass Visitor Center in 2023. Funding supports three interpretive park rangers dedicated to providing information and interpretive programming at the Visitor Center, as well as helping preserve the fragile alpine ecosystem.

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Connecting with Park History

Funding Needed: $161,548

Glacier’s Museum and Archives program plays a vital role in preserving and documenting the diverse cultural and natural heritage of the park.

By adding capacity to the park’s archives team, this project supports ongoing efforts to connect the public with the unique park resources preserved in the museum and archives through providing support to researchers and by adding content to our online collections. It will also improve recordkeeping systems and address the decades-long issue of substandard museum collection storage.

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Native America Speaks and Tribal Community Engagement

Funding Needed: $181,500

This program is dedicated to strengthening and sustaining relationships with local tribal communities, honoring Glacier’s first peoples and original caretakers.

Funding sustains the award winning Native America Speaks program and other vital components of the tribal engagement initiative.

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Wilderness Leadership

Funding Needed: $68,400

This project supports the Wilderness Coordinator position which leads wilderness preservation efforts in Glacier through effective program management, project coordination, collaboration with community and tribal partners, wild and scenic river stewardship, and more.

 

A gray and black bird sitting on top of a tree with a pine cone in its mouth.

Whitebark Pine and Clark’s Nutcrackers

Funding Needed: $125,000

The project focuses on restoring whitebark pine (WBP) and Clark’s nutcracker (CLNU) habitats crucial for their mutualistic relationship.

WBP, now threatened due to climate change and blister rust, relies on CLNU for seed dispersal. Efforts include planting rust-resistant WBP seedlings, monitoring survival, expanding CLNU acoustic monitoring, and creating a visitor film to highlight this critical relationship.

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Piikuni Lands Service Corps Partnership

Funding Needed: $56,768

The Piikuni Lands Service Corps engages Blackfeet youth and young adults in paid summer programs where participants deepen their relationship to ancestral lands while developing essential job skills.

This program is a culturally engaged model guided by the Blackfeet community with intentionality around creating a structure that speaks directly to Blackfeet youth.

Park rangers from Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Park standing next to a border obelisk.

Headwaters Season Six

Funding Needed: $96,331

Headwaters, Glacier National Park’s own binge-worthy podcast, prepares visitors for a safe and enriching trip to Glacier while also interpreting the science and history of the park in new ways and with diverse voices.

Listen to Headwaters

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Audience Centered Experience Training

Funding Needed: $33,720

This project funds Audience Centered Experience (ACE) training and supplies for interpretive rangers. The ACE approach to interpretation provides park visitors with opportunities to connect with parks on a deeper level through providing opportunities for visitors to share their voice, learn from one another, and see how they can play a role in protecting places like Glacier National Park.

Park rangers from Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Park standing next to a border obelisk.

Interpreting the International Peace Park

Funding Needed: $26,500

This project will showcase the historic establishment of the first International Peace Park in 1932.

Collaborative interpretive programming at Goat Haunt, other locations in Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, provides a terrific opportunity to illustrate the many ways that the National Park Service and Parks Canada work together to protect and preserve the Crown of the Continent ecosystem beyond borders.

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Conserving Waterbirds Using Cutting-Edge Science

Funding Needed: $43,000

Glacier lacks baseline data on most birds considered species of concern.

Previous Conservancy funding for this multi-year effort supported the use of camera traps, environmental DNA (e-DNA), and ground surveys to gather critical data on Harlequin Ducks, Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, and Great Blue Herons. In the final year of this project, funding will support data compilation, analysis, writing, and presentations on these findings.

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Ranger-Led Education Programming

Funding Needed: $303,046

In one year Glacier can see up to 10,000 students.

The curriculum based education programming uses place-based learning to connect kids with nature and foster a sense of stewardship. Funding will provide staffing, equipment, and supplies to ensure educational, engaging, and fun field trips for visiting students. This program also allows the park to provide classroom visits and distance learning programs.

Three people on a boat measuring fish.

Flathead Valley Community College Fisheries Internship

Funding Needed: $14,000

This partnership provides valuable hands-on fisheries training in a world-class national park while Glacier’s fisheries program receives much needed summer field season assistance in implementing fisheries, water quality, and physical science projects. 

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Park Publications

Funding Needed: $66,600

Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas are becoming some of the most popular places to visit in the United States.

This grant will provide handouts with comprehensive information that can capitalize on the enthusiasm of visitors. From the colorful park map to guides that provide hiking, safety, and trip planning information, print materials promote inclusivity for all park visitors to obtain information and knowledge.

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Wilderness Supervision

Funding Needed: $121,000

This project supports a new Supervisory Wilderness Ranger position adding much needed capacity to Glacier’s Wilderness program.

This position will oversee the day to day operations of up to 14 wilderness rangers supporting the wilderness field program from ranger training to project implementation. 

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Summer Youth Engagement

Funding Needed: $102,940

This program integrates formal and informal children’s programs, Apgar Nature Center activities, and junior ranger program support to create a comprehensive youth engagement program in the park. 

The Junior Ranger Program is the most popular youth engagement program in the National Park Service and is an important way to connect, inspire, and engage our future park stewards.

Melting snow with glacier lilies and a mountain in the background.

Climate Impacts on Cultural Resources

Funding Needed: $61,000

This project addresses climate impacts on cultural resources, focusing on melting ice patches, submerged sites, and traditional areas.

It engages indigenous knowledge keepers, develops preservation strategies, and provides an internship opportunity. Successful partnerships and integrated approaches ensure the conservation of vulnerable heritage sites amidst changing climates and advancing research needs.

 

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Enhance Glacier’s Digital Information

Funding Needed: $56,780

Online resources such as Glacier’s website, app, and social media platforms provide millions of visitors with important park safety regulations, recreation information, and interpretation of natural and cultural resources.

Funding will support interpretive media staff to enhance and expand up-to-date and engaging content on Glacier’s digital platforms to ensure visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience.

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STEAM Camp for Middle School Girls

Funding Needed: $15,000

This camp provides life-long skills in leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving for 12-15 year old girls.

Participants learn about a variety of natural and cultural resources within the park, how the changing climate is affecting such resources, and sustainability efforts from a local to global scale.

Learn about STEAM Camp

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Developing Visitor Use Management Strategies

Funding Needed: $214,248

Glacier is working towards a long-term visitor access and transportation management plan.

This grant supports this effort by addressing data needs crucial for planning. The park relies on data to improve visitor experiences and conserve resources. The project will ensure year-round monitoring and provide timely data analysis for park management decisions.

A ranger talking to students.

Expanding Education to Reach New Audiences

Funding Needed: $25,000

Creating meaningful and educational visitor experiences is an essential pathway to conservation and stewardship.

This project funding boosts educational staff capacity by partnering with the Glacier Institute to expand curriculum-based programming and develop innovative approaches to connect with underserved audiences.

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Visitor Communication Support

Funding Needed: $142,474

This project supports communication efforts focused on development, implementation, and outreach regarding visitor trip planning and Glacier’s vehicle reservation system. 

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Engaging Youth in Science and Conservation

Funding Needed: $130,000

This project at Glacier National Park aims to engage youth in conservation efforts, emphasizing native plant propagation, restoration, and wildlife monitoring.

Collaborating with local schools and organizations, it fosters connections to the park’s natural and cultural resources, training future stewards and supporting science research fellowships for graduate students.

 

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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Center at Wheeler Cabin

Funding Needed: $50,000

This project will complete the multi-year restoration of Senator Burton K. Wheeler’s historic property, transforming it into the Waterton Glacier International Peace Center at Wheeler Cabin.

The center will offer interpretation of Wheeler’s legacy, serve as a day-use hub for discussions on pressing issues, and host workshops promoting conservation through an environmental peacebuilding approach, fostering education and collaboration.

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Blackfeet Wildlife Internship

Funding Needed: $12,500

Wildlife research and management is a collaborative co-stewardship effort between Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Nation.

Funding supports a wildlife internship for a tribal member which encompasses a variety of professional development opportunities including wildlife handling, education outreach, backcountry bear patrolling and wildlife observation.

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Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention

Funding Needed: $81,000

This project supports a robust public-private partnership to protect the Columbia River Basin from destructive invasive species.

Through collaboration with the Blackfeet Nation, this project employs tribal members to inspect boats for the presence of aquatic invasive species at the Two Medicine and St. Mary entrance stations.

A child holding up a fox fur.

Community and Youth Outreach

Funding Needed: $55,331

This project aims to enhance park capacity for community and youth engagement, particularly reaching underserved populations.

Funding will support outreach through educational programs and work projects. It will also strengthen the volunteer office to support programs like Artist-in-Residence, and promote collaboration between Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks’ volunteer programs.

Two students putting the trim on a door for employee housing.

School-to-Park Program Support

Funding Needed: $100,000

Through a partnership with Columbia Falls High School, students acquire building trades expertise by constructing cabins designated for park employee housing.

This initiative covers the costs of building materials, supports a National Park Service (NPS) carpentry mentor role, and provides participating students with tool belts they retain upon program completion.

Three workers on the ground building a turnpike.

Glacier Conservation Corps

Funding Needed: $156,308

Through a collaboration with the Montana Conservation Corps, this program engages youth as land stewards, dedicating hours of service to support critical park projects such as invasive weed control, fuels reduction, trail maintenance, and citizen science data collection.

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Mental Health Services for Glacier Employees

Funding Needed: $10,000

Employee care and wellness is a top priority for Glacier and the National Park Service.

This project strives to remove financial and geographic barriers that exist for NPS employees seeking support for their mental health by creating more opportunities for accessible mental health services.

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Promoting Science Education for Park Visitors

Funding Needed: $40,700

This project supports the acclaimed Glacier Science Video Series as well as the development of a diverse array of science communication tools and technologies, including StoryMaps, online resource briefs, webinars, and in-person presentations to inform park visitors and staff about the latest research findings.

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Expanding Interpretation Program Services

Funding Needed: $16,425

This project partners with the Glacier Institute to expand Glacier’s interpretation staff capacity.

Funding supports a Glacier Institute staff member to help broaden interpretation programming, cultivate transformative visitor experiences, and meet the demands of increased visitation. 

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Fish Creek Campground Accessibility Improvements

Funding Needed: $90,000

Fish Creek Campground is the second largest campground in the Park with 178 campsites that serve tens of thousands of visitors each season.

This project will replace crumbling asphalt paths with the installation of over 5,000 square feet of accessible trails to meet modern accessibility standards as well as extend electric service to four accessible campsites to serve campers of all abilities.

 

A ranger giving a high-five to a student getting on a bus.

Travel Grants for Field Trips

Funding Needed: $16,000

This project removes barriers and provides more access to field trips in the park through transportation grants to schools wishing to participate in ranger-led, curriculum-based programs or for service-learning projects.

Trail crew workers moving materials to build an accessible trail.

Swiftcurrent Accessible Trail

Funding Needed: $109,915

This grant supports the final year of work in the ten year effort to create a fully accessible loop around Swiftcurrent Lake.

In 2025, crews will complete the section north of the boat dock to the bridge near Grinnell Picnic Area.

Learn about accessibility in Glacier

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Climate Change Interpretive Rangers

Funding Needed: $69,000

The purpose of this project is to provide opportunities for visitors to learn about climate change, its impacts, and the innovative solutions being developed by both the park and the local community.

Funding will provide three interpretive park ranger staff dedicated to researching, developing, and presenting park-specific climate change ranger programs, drop-in programs, and roving opportunities aimed at the public in a variety of venues, locations, and formats.

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Half the Park Happens After Dark

Funding Needed: $129,000

There is no better place to explore the night sky than the world’s first transboundary International Dark Sky Park.

Support for this project helps the park maintain a long-term commitment to preserving dark skies by funding on-site astronomy volunteers and interns, astronomy programs and events, and the operation of Glacier’s Dusty Star Observatory in St. Mary.

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Citizen Science Data Collection

Funding Needed: $178,600

The citizen science program plays a vital role in addressing park management needs while fostering science literacy and a deeper understanding of our natural world. Youth and adult visitors participate in transformative field experiences, collecting data on species affected by climate change, habitat shifts, and increased visitation.

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Creating Accessible Interpretive Programming

Funding Needed: $43,044

The National Park Service is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to participate in and enjoy facilities, services, programs, and activities whether they are indoors or outdoors.

This project funds park staff dedicated to conducting research and implementing accessible programming and tools to connect with visitors with mobility, vision, hearing, neurodiversity, and cognitive disabilities.

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Tribal Internship: Information Technology

Funding Needed: $18,500

This internship addresses a critical need for more robust IT services for Glacier’s east side operations while providing an opportunity for a tribal college student to develop skills that will propel them into the next phase of their career. 

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Sustainable Transportation for Park Staff

Funding Needed: $36,300

Support for this project will modernize Glacier’s Red Bike program with electric bikes for staff commuting and patrols, supporting a federal sustainability goal to reduce emissions by 65% by 2030.

This update enhances sustainability, improves staff mobility, and serves as a visible example of green transportation for visitors.

 

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Historic Preservation Internships for Local High School Students

Funding Needed: $18,800

With a focus on historic structure preservation projects, this project provides funding for two internship positions for students from Columbia Falls and Browning High Schools.

Students will work with crews on the park’s west and east sides, bolstering capacity while gaining expertise in historic preservation techniques and skills.

2024 Park Projects

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The Hidden World of Nighttime Pollinators

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Sperry chalet during sunset with a mountain goat nearby.

Sperry Chalet Complete

When the Sperry Chalet dormitory building was lost to the Sprague Fire in August 2017, the Glacier National Park Conservancy established the Sperry Action Fund to help restore the historic structure. Thanks to Sperry lovers around the world, the chalet reopened in the summer of 2020.

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