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Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Ellen Horowitz

Ellen Horowitz is a freelance writer and field botany instructor at Flathead Valley Community College. She’s conducted field classes and natural history tours in and around Glacier National Park for more than 35 years, but she’s been peering through hand lenses and binoculars her entire life. Her work as a naturalist and writer has been recognized with numerous honors including Montana Audubon’s Outstanding Educator of the Year, Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and National Wildlife Federation’s 2014 Trudy Farrand and John Strohm Magazine Writing Award. Ellen and her husband live on a farm in rural Columbia Falls with their Australian cattle dog and nine mules. When she’s not helping with chores or restoration of their century-old log homestead house, Ellen and her husband are riding and packing their mules in the mountains.

Brian Peck

Brian Peck is an independent wildlife consultant working with the Great Bear Foundation and Natural Resources Defense Council to bring about the recovery of grizzly and wolf populations in North America. His educational background is in wildlife biology and natural resource administration from the University of Massachusetts and Colorado State University, respectively. Brian spent 21 years with Boulder Colorado’s Mountain Parks and Open Space system, first as a Ranger and naturalist and later as natural resources and education coordinator. During the winter of 1986-87, Brian took a leave from his Ranger job to help the Wolf Ecology Project track the return of wolves to Glacier National Park’s North Fork of the Flathead River Valley. He later served as the wolf and grizzly recovery coordinator for the National Audubon Society before beginning his current career as a consultant.

Ashley Mason

Ashley Mason began her career in music in 1986 as a voice major at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, N.C. She was nearly finished with her degree in voice performance when she heard "the call of the wild.” Much to her parents’ confusion, she transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to study geology. After finishing up in 1992 with a minor in field biology, Ashley came to Montana to teach for the Glacier Institute. Since then, she has been a familiar face in the conservation education field in Northwest Montana. Ashley has been the program director for The Glacier Institute, and has worked for Swan Ecosystem Center, Upward Bound, Flathead Land Trust, and as a Ranger Naturalist for Glacier National Park. She has been the conservation educator for Flathead Audubon Society and was the 2012 Audubon Educator of the year. Ashley loves to take the miraculous drama of the landscape and turn it into a story that will captivate her audiences.

Candi Naylor

Candi Naylor is a retired elementary school teacher with 36 years of experience. Being a Montana native from Townsend, she loves to ski, hike, fish, garden, kayak, and take her two dogs, Ginger and Hoss, for walks. She spends most of her time outside no matter what season, and she especially loves Glacier National Park. She and her husband, Craig, have built a home on 10 acres – a remnant of her great grandparents’ homestead. She and Craig have recently returned from nine years in Fredericksburg, Va., where she taught elementary school and her husband was a college music professor. Both are very happy to be back in Montana!

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Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Josh Gubits

Josh Gubits is an environmental scientist for Whitefish Lake Institute. While in school, Josh worked as a fishing guide on the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Missouri rivers. After receiving his environmental studies degree from the University of Montana, he worked for the Audubon Society to develop education and outreach programs in Santa Fe, N.M. Before joining WLI, Josh worked for the Watershed Education Network as the field programs coordinator. Josh has spent the last six years teaching more than 10,000 teachers, students, and volunteers about water quality, through the collection of chemical, biological, and physical data on stream sites across Western Montana. Josh is a certified Montana Master Naturalist, and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Montana Water Teacher of the Year award presented by the Montana Environmental Education Association.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips


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