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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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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.
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.

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.

Vicki Forristal

Vicki Forristal is a wildlife biologist and outdoorswoman. Over the last 13 years, she has participated in wildlife studies across the country, working with species that range from bugs to birds to bears. She received a B.A. in biology and psychology from St. Olaf College and a graduate degree in ecology at Montana State University where she focused on wildlife disease. Vicki has been working with Road Scholar programs in Glacier since 2011. She loves spending time outdoors, and in her free time can be found hiking, skiing, running and camping.

Alisha Meyer

Alisha Meyer has spent the majority of her life in Montana. An avid hiker and camper who loves the outdoors during all seasons, Alisha spends as much time as she can in the beautiful vastness of Montana’s wilderness. She has been a teacher for more than 12 years, and began her career in St. Petersburg, Fla., teaching in a self-contained behavioral classroom. There, Alisha grew to love working with children with severe behavioral needs. She currently teaches a second grade class in Whitefish and works with students of all abilities, and also works with children during the summer months as a yoga instructor and tutor. Alisha holds a B.A. in elementary education with an endorsement in special education, and a M.A. in integrating art into education. She is currently working on a M.A. in art.

Jay Mallonee

Jay Mallonee is a research biologist with a master's degree in neurobiology and animal behavior. Through his business of Wolf and Wildlife Studies, he conducted a 10-year study of the Fishtrap pack in northwest Montana: the longest behavioral study of wolves in Montana's history outside of Yellowstone National Park. Jay also taught college level science courses for 15 years with an emphasis in environmental science and anatomy and physiology. His research of the Fishtrap wolves was published in The Journal of American Science and includes pack behavior never before documented. More recently, Jay published a review in Nature and Science of the wolf population data collected by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, with findings that their data was flawed and not collected using scientific methods. Articles about Jay have appeared in newspapers across Montana and Idaho, and he has been featured on KCFW's local news (Montana) and several radio talk shows, including an interview by NPR.

Group Leaders

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.
Please note that changes may occur.

Adam Woods

A degree in recreation management taught Adam Woods a lot, but nothing more important than the need we all have to appreciate the wonder of nature. Adam finds no place that accomplishes that better than Glacier National Park. As a student at the University of Montana, Adam had the opportunity to learn about Glacier’s ecology, hydrology, geology, history, and management in the classroom, while also exploring the park during free time. He spent three years as a Forest Service park ranger at the Summit Nature Center on Whitefish Mountain, where he worked with Road Scholar groups and many other guests. Last May, Adam completed a bachelor’s degree in parks, tourism and recreation management, and a bachelor’s in political science. He has worked in Acadia and Death Valley National Parks, but is very excited about returning this summer to Glacier National Park.

Greg Fortin

Greg Fortin has more than two decades of experience in all aspects of mountain travel including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. He has been involved with numerous rescue teams over the years and his experience brings strength to any group he leads. Greg’s passion for Glacier National Park and its remote, out-of-the way places shows when he speaks about his adventures. He has made numerous technical ascents in the park, which adds a unique perspective to any venture into Glacier’s terrain. He is an avalanche educator through National Ski Patrol, a certified Interpretive Guide, and has many more outdoor certifications. When he’s not teaching on the trail, Greg is often hanging out and enjoying the shoreline of the Flathead River with his two sons.

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Leila Robinson

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

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7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips


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