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School Field Trips

Connecting the Classroom to Nature

Our field trips are hands-on, field based outdoor education program designed for K-12th grade students. Teachers may choose field trips ranging from one day to a week. Our curriculum and programs meet Montana state standards for math and science. Students study aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, fire ecology and many other outdoor subjects in the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park. Our field trips offers students and teachers a unique learning experience that takes the classroom outside and connects them directly with the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

These programs are taught by the Glacier Institute staff, who are experienced in providing the best in outdoor education. Corporate and personal donations help make it possible for young students to experience affordable and unforgettable days at Big Creek.


Field Trip Goals

Knowledge            Community              Respect             Discovery         Leadership 

  • To introduce students to the natural, cultural and historical diversity of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem using hands-on, field-based   learning and teaching methods.
  • To provide students and teachers with a curriculum-based outdoor education experience tied directly to state standards.
  • To provide students with opportunities to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of plant and animal habitats, and how these systems connect and depend upon each other.
  • To encourage life-long learning in students.
  • To foster an environment where students can build self-esteem, leadership, confidence and respect for themselves and others.
  • To create an informal setting for students, teachers, and parents to build a sense of community that will transfer back to the classroom.
  • To prepare students to make informed and constructive decisions which impact this and other ecosystems.

You can support the Big Creek Program by becoming a member of the Glacier Institute.


Field Trip Prices:

$40 per child/per night 

$30 per chaperone/per night