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Field Camp Information

Glacier Park Field Camp

History:  Field Camp is located on a secluded bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, one mile north of West Glacier in Glacier National Park.  During the past 60 years, this site has been home to the Civilian Conservation Corps, fire teams, the Youth Conservation Corps, and since 1983, The Glacier Institute.

Library and Office:  The “Morris Brown Myerowitz Memorial Library” is our library and Discovery Center.  This is where inquisitive minds will want to come and discover Glacier at their own pace.  Our library contains a diversity of books and audiovisual materials relevant to Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.  We encourage students to use this space for relaxing, reading, or writing during the evening or breaks.

Meeting Hall:  The Meeting Hall is the first log building you will encounter on the right after the parking area.  If your course convenes at Field Camp, this is where you will want to go when you first arrive, unless your course information sheet indicates otherwise.  Here you can enjoy coffee or tea before your class and purchase The Glacier Institute’s t-shirts, mugs, water bottles and field journals.

Cabins:  Our student cabins are basic, hostel-style cabins with five single beds, bedside lights, and electrical outlets.  Students should be prepared to share a cabin with up to four other people, couples can be paired up and singles are separated by sex.  We provide a bottom sheet for your bed as well as a pillow, but please bring a warm sleeping bag.  Be sure to bring a flashlight for night trips to the bathroom.

You may reserve a bunk for an extra fee during your course by calling us in advance at (406) 755-1211.  If you have paid for your cabin in advance, a map of your cabin location will be posted on a bulletin board next to the kitchen door when you arrive.  Please remember that tent or RV camping and pets are not allowed at Field Camp, but several nearby camping options are available.

Bathrooms:  The modern and energy efficient Field Camp bathhouse features flush toilets and hot showers.  Overnight

Kitchen:  The kitchen is available for student use.  It is equipped with refrigerators, two stoves, a sink, and plenty of cooking and eating utensils.  Impromptu communal meals are sometimes prepared and highly encouraged, but you should plan on bringing enough food for yourself for the duration of your stay, unless otherwise indicated in your course letter.  You will need sack lunches and trail snacks each day.  All food items MUST BE stored in the kitchen.  To keep “critter” interaction to a minimum, NO FOOD OR COOKING is allowed in the cabins.  The West Glacier Mercantile (a small grocery store) and a small selection of restaurants are located a mile down the road in West Glacier or Apgar.

Getting Here:  Go 1/4 mile past the West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park and take a left at the park service sign that lists The Glacier Institute.  Follow this road for another 1/4 mile and take a left at the T intersection in the road where you will see The Glacier Institute kiosk.