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Program #19946RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Ellen Horowitz

Ellen Horowitz has conducted field classes and natural history explorations for 35 years, but she’s been peering through hand lenses and binoculars her entire life. She received formal training in bugs, flowers, forests, feathers and fur from Earlham College, the University of New Hampshire and Oregon State University. Ellen currently teaches field botany, Rocky Mountain flora, and practical botany at Flathead Valley Community College. She also offers natural history courses and excursions through the college’s continuing education department and the Glacier Institute. Her work as a naturalist and writer has been recognized with several honors, including Montana Audubon’s Outstanding Educator of the Year, and awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Ellen and her husband live on a farm in rural Columbia Falls with their Australian cattle dog and six mules, and are restoring their century-old log homestead house.

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.

Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax first saw Glacier National Park when she was three years old during a trip with her family. During college, she returned to work for two summers at Glacier Park Lodge, and later, led hiking and backpacking trips for more than a decade. She is author the Glacier National Park Moon Guidebook Series, which is now in its fourth edition. Currently working as a writer and photographer, Becky has published articles and images on Glacier’s wildlife, trails, history, lodges, melting icefields, and ecology in magazines such as Smithsonian, Montana Magazine, and Montana Outdoors.

Ashley Mason

Ashley Mason started her career in music in 1986 as a voice major at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem North Carolina. 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. Currently, she is the conservationeducator 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. She lives in Kalispell with her husband, two children, four chickens, cat, and guinea pig.

Josh Gubits

Josh Gubits is an environmental scientist for Whitefish Lake Institute (WLI). While in school, Josh worked as a fishing expert 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. Before joining WLI, he worked for the Watershed Education Network as the field programs coordinator. Josh spent the last four 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. He has spent several years working with volunteers on water quality monitoring and curriculum development. 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.

Paul Rappaport

Paul has worked in Glacier National Park for the past five years in several capacities, including work with the Glacier Institute. With a master's in geology and a lifelong passion for weather, climate, and climate change issues, Paul brings to Road Scholar a critical component of understanding and appreciation for the natural world. When Paul is not leading hikes, he is an avid cyclist, skier and winter backcountry safety instructor. Paul just finished a two month bicycle journey through Europe before joining us in Montana for the summer season.

Denny Olson

As the star of the TV show “Critterman’s World,” which appeared on the NBC Montana Today Show for more than four years, Denny Olson has entertained and educated people of all ages in the wonders of nature. His humorous alter-egos — including The Grizz, Dr. Loonacy and Antler Antics, among others — have appeared as he has given presentations across the country to more than 2 million people. Denny has trained thousands of naturalists, teachers and students in acting techniques, lectured on Native American storytelling as a teaching tool, and conducted graduate-level storytelling workshops nation-wide. His critically acclaimed books include, “Way of the Whitetail,” as well as the children’s book, “Special Gifts.” Formally trained as a biologist and geologist, Denny has an M.S. from the University of Minnesota. For the last few years, Denny has applied these skills to his love for Glacier National Park, leading interpretive hikes and doing park presentations.

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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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Stephanie Paidas

Since 2012, Stephanie Paidas has been the staff coordinator for Road Scholar programs in Glacier National Park, dividing her time between management activities and leading groups in the field. She first came to Montana in 1999 to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology, and is now in the final stages of earning a Ph.D. focused on ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation explores the psychological benefits of time spent in wilderness and wild landscapes, an interest that has grown out of her personal experiences and from her six years as an educator at Glacier. Stephanie is also the newly-appointed Managing Editor for the peer-reviewed scientific journal Ecopsychology. In her free time, Steph enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing with her dog, and pursuing her goal of swimming in every named lake in Glacier.

Leif Castren

Leif Castren is a Flathead Valley Native, a 2010 graduate of Flathead High School in Kalispell, and a current student at Middlebury College in Vermont where he is majoring in biology as well as studying a variety of other subjects including geology, ecology, anthropology, and environmental policy. Leif spent the past year studying as a part of an academic exchange program in Valdivia, Chile, learning about the dynamics of Chilean forest ecosystems and contributing to investigations of plant community regeneration in the areas affected by recent eruptions of several active volcanoes. Leif inherited his love for Glacier National Park from his grandfather who worked as a naturalist, and from his parents who met in the park and worked together for many years. His family has always encouraged a fascination with natural history, and as a result, Leif spends much of his free time exploring the park, trail-running and studying the flora and fauna of his beautiful backyard.

Leila Robinson

Throughout her lifetime, Leila Robinson has developed a great love of the outdoors, and especially enjoys exploring it in hiking mode. Her love of travel and nature has taken her to every continent, and she has been thrilled to see and experience each journey. Leila been a high school and college educator in art and interdisciplinary studies, as well as a museum program developer for 13 years. Being able to live in Glacier for the past seven summers has given her a true appreciation of this incredible and favorite national park.

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19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
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11 Field trips


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