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Family Photo Camp: June 29 - July 1, 2020

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Glacier Institute Family Photo Camp

June 29 – July 1, 2020

Join other families and the energetic Glacier Institute staff for a multi-day, photography focused, nature exploration of Glacier National Park!  This fun-filled family outing is open to families with children 8 or older.  Rustic housing and all meals are provided at the Glacier Institute Field Camp during the course of the family camp.

Your trip fee includes:

  • Rustic and comfortable shared lodging on a bluff overlooking the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
  • Six meals (dinner on Sunday – lunch on Tuesday) **Example meals & dietary restriction information below**
  • All transportation to and from trailheads
  • Use of our cameras  (please bring your own memory stick so you can take youre photos home)

Tentative Trip Itinerary

*Itinerary is subject to change depending on trail closures, road closures, and group abilities*

Day 1:

4:00pm-5:00pm – Check in at Field Camp.  Move into your cabins, explore the

campus, and meet staff and other families attending the family camp.

5:00pm-6:00pm – Tour of Field Camp, safety and Leave No Trace training, and formal introductions.

6:00pm-7:00pm – Family style dinner at Field Camp

7:00pm-9:00pm – Introductions to the basics of Photography and evening nature walk

Day 2:

7:00am-8:00am – Breakfast and lunch packing at Field Camp

8:00am-5:00pm – Day trip to Logan Pass to learn about geology, plants, animals, and the history of the Going to the Sun Road. We will eat our lunch out on the trail. We will stop in Apgar village on our way back.

6:00pm-7:30pm – Family style dinner.

7:30pm-8:00pm – Arts and Crafts of GNP.  Watercolors and sketching inspired by the dramatic scenery of Logan Pass.

8:00pm-9:00pm – Highlights of the day, photo review

Day 3:

7:00am-8:00am – Breakfast and lunch packing at Field Camp

8:00am-2:30pm – Day trip to Avalanche Lake to learn about old growth forests and the flora and fauna of the Lake McDonald Valley. We will eat our lunch out on the trail.

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Cleaning of Cabins and packing up

3:30pm – 4:00pm – Highlights of the day, photo review

4:00pm  - Departure

Trip Difficulty

The hikes will be moderate in difficulty, averaging about 5miles each day, with about 500ft of elevation gain. This trip is geared towards being able to accommodate the abilities of our youngest hikers.


Participants should bring a daypack for hiking, with the capacity for at least 1L of water, participants are welcome to bring their own cameras (but not required), participants are welcome to bring a memory stick so that we can offload you photos for you to take home. See packing list on our website for more details.


We will be staying at the Glacier Institute Field Camp which is best described as "rustic." Though rustic, it is quite comfortable. The camp is located on a bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, and includes five sleeping cabins, a community bathhouse with private showers and bathrooms, a classroom, a library and a kitchen. Each sleeping cabin comes with five twin beds and has electricity, but there is no running water, TV, or phone. The cabins do have a portable electric heater for use if the nights get too cool. A bottom sheet and pillow are provided, we request guests bring their own sleeping bag or other personal bedding. The community bathhouse has flush toilets, sinks, and hot showers.


All meals will be provided by the Glacier Institute staff. Breakfast is continental style (e.g. oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, fruit, hardboiled eggs, bagels) and dinner is homemade (e.g. garlic chicken pasta, burrito night, spaghetti night); lunch fixings (e.g. sandwich fixings, carrots, apples, trail mix, chips) are provided for each participant to prepare their own lunch to eat on the trail. Vegetarians can be accommodated. Upon request we can provide gluten free bread for lunch, gluten free pasta, corn tortillas. If you have specific dietary needs please get in touch with us upon signing up. We can figure out what we provide and if you should bring any items to supplement what we provide.

For more information about the camp and the Glacier Institute, please visit their website at www.glacierinstitute.org.

Notes on our Itinerary

Glacier National Park is among the top 10 ranked national parks in the country. There are many other visitors that visit Glacier during the summer months. Glacier National Park is over 1 million acres in size. It isn’t uncommon for many of our days to start early with breakfast between 6:00AM and 7:00AM. We plan accordingly to beat the heat, beat the crowds, and we allow ourselves ample time to reach the trailhead each day. The early bird gets the worm, especially in Glacier National Park. We allow ample down time in the evenings, upon returning from our daily excursion. Due to the nature of experiencing a natural place such as Glacier National Park we are constantly adjusting our plans to accommodate road and trail closures (due to bears, weather and wildlife). Therefore natural circumstances may arise that warrant us adjusting some of the above itinerary.

Fellow Travelers

This is a group travel adventure. All participants are encouraged to review the itinerary and trip difficulty. It is inevitable that some travelers will have different goals, perspectives and abilities. We ask that the group respect each individual’s conditions and needs throughout the course or trip. We want everyone to enjoy themselves to the fullest!