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Families in the Forest: July 8-11, 2020

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Families in the Forest

Ages 7+

July 8th-11th, 2020

Join other families and the energetic Big Creek staff for a multi-day family adventure camp! We will learn to fly fish, test our new skills in the blue-ribbon fisheries surrounding Glacier National Park, explore the unique McDonald valley in Glacier National Park through a fun family hike and watercolor session, and play some games around a classic campfire marshmallow roast! This adventurous family outing is open to families with children 7 or older.  Rustic housing options, tenting opportunities, transportation, and all meals are provided by the Big Creek Staff. Come join us and make some unforgettable family memories!

Ages: 7+

Dates: July 8-11, 2020

What’s Included in your Trip Fee:

  • Rustic and comfortable gender separated, shared lodging in our bunkhouses OR tent space if your family chooses to camp (access to gender separate bathrooms and showers included).
  • Eight meals (dinner on Wednesday – breakfast on Saturday)
    **Example meals & dietary restriction information below**
  • All transportation to and from trailheads

A signed copy of:

  1. Health and Photo Release Form
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Parental Consent
  4. All items on the “Family Camp Gear List”. We do have some items (rain coats, day packs, etc.) available if you are in need.

Wednesday July 8th: 4:00pm check-in at our Big Creek campus (6500 N. Fork Rd, Polebridge, MT 59928)

Saturday July 11th: 10:00am check-out from our Big Creek campus (6500 N. Fork Rd, Polebridge, MT 59928)

Fishing Licenses:

Because we will be actively fishing in state waters, all participants must purchase a valid fishing license from Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) for the dates of July 9, 2020-July 10, 2020. MFWP does not require a fishing license for children ages 0-11 (resident or non-resident). The 2019 licensing fees were $15 for residents and $50 for non-residents for a 2-day fishing license **these prices are subject to change if MFWP updates it’s 2020 pricing. Purchasing directions and more information can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/license/.


The Glacier Institute will provide all necessary equipment (fly rods, tackle, canvas, paint/paint brushes, etc.), however if you own any of the above equipment, you are more than welcome to bring along your own supplies! Polarized sunglasses are an item we do not supply, but can be especially beneficial during fly fishing. Big Creek owns a few group style board/family games, however, if you have a family favorite game you’d like to bring that would be more than welcome!


We will be staying at The Glacier Institute’s Big Creek campus which is best described as "rustic." We are fully off the grid which means no cell-phone service or wireless internet, electricity is generated through solar power and a back-up generator, and water is acquired by an onsite well (delicious and cold). If your family chooses to stay in our bunkhouses, we do separate by gender due to the nature of the bathroom facilities. If your family chooses to camp outside in tents, restrooms with sinks, showers, and toilets are available for your use in each bunkhouse. Meals will be held in our community style Mess Hall with a fully operational kitchen where the Big Creek staff will be preparing your meals. There is a cozy library on site, sand volleyball court, plenty of open space for games, and ample trails around camp for relaxing evening walks.


Most dietary restrictions can be accomodated. Please contact us upon registration, with any dietary needs. You may bring as many snacks as you’d like, but all food must be stored either in hard sided vehicles or in special bins in the Mess Hall to avoid any curious critters visiting our bunkhouses and tents.

**Please let us know as soon as possible if anyone in your group has any special requirements (dietary, medical, physical, etc.) so we may meet their needs.

We hope to see you soon!