Thank You Flathead Conservation District for Education Grant!
Flathead Conservation District awarded the Glacier Institute grant funding to purchase equipment for youth camps at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center. This Education Grant was designed to support conservation-education activities for K-12 students in Flathead County. With this gift, the Institute has purchased binoculars and tents to enhance youth education programs in Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park.
The Glacier Institute provides experiential education to Flathead County school groups through its Discovery School program and summer naturalist camps and youth backpacking trips. The equipment purchased using Flathead Conservation District grant funds will specifically benefit the 2016 Young Naturalist Camp and Parks in Focus Camp, which are immersive wilderness experiences focused on conservation education, natural history, and stewardship of nature. Binoculars will be used for birding and wildlife identification programs and the tents will enable safe and enjoyable multi-day wilderness outings for many first-time backpackers. Both of these programs foster a scientific understanding of wildlife, habitat, and recreation through workshops, day hikes, and curricula established in collaboration with Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park.