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Glacier National Park Intergenerational Adventure: Raft, Ride and Slide

Program Number: 20884RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/23/2013 - 7/28/2013; 7/15/2014 - 7/20/2014; 7/29/2014 - 8/3/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Price starting at: $995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks; Multi-Sport; Science & Nature
Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Create exciting memories with your grandchild as you discover the majestic peaks, sparkling rivers and green gullies of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. Learn about magnificent wildlife, plants, geology and the area’s early inhabitants on instructor-led walks and visits to favorite spots in the park. Visit the Summit Nature Center on Big Mountain, raft along Glacier's southern border, hike trails full of flora and fauna and look out over valleys, lakes and rivers from mountainsides in this beautiful, rugged landscape.




Highlights

• Take a spectacular drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and learn about the wildlife of Glacier National Park in its natural habitat.
• Develop your teamwork skills on a safe raft journey down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on Glacier's southern border.
• Soar to new heights aboard the gondola to the summit and feel the wind in your hair as you slide down the Alpine Slide.



Activity Particulars

High-elevation program, frequent walking short to moderate distances.



Coordinated by Black Hills Educational Institute.




Whitefish

This community in the Flathead Valley offers breathtaking scenery, as well as small-town ambiance. Near the wonders and wildlife of Glacier National Park only 25 miles away, Whitefish is a vibrant wilderness gateway.



Accommodations
A framed-log hotel on the Whitefish River reflecting the grandeur of Montana, indoor-to-outdoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.
 
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.
 
Peg Stadler

Peg is a retired teacher who has enjoyed many field trips with her students in Glacier. She also takes advantage of living is this beautiful area where she can hike and explore the Flathead and Glacier National Park. Having taught many grade levels from elementary to high school, Peg is looking forward to spending her time with adult learners of Road Scholar. A lifelong learner herself, she is excited for this new adventure.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Pine Lodge
  Whitefish, Montana 5 nights
 The Pine Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: The log framed Pine Lodge hotel reflects the grandeur of Montana. Set on the Whitefish River, with views of Big Mountain and Glacier National Park, the Pine Lodge is unique and inviting.
  Contact info: 920 Spokane Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-7600
web: www.thepinelodge.com
  Room amenities: Hotel room amenities include: Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Hair dryers Cable Television with HBO
  Facility amenities: The hotel features: 100% Completely Non-Smoking Facility Indoor / Outdoor Pool With Connecting Swim Channel Open All Year Outdoor Hot Tub Exercise Room Guest Laundry Free Local Phone Calls Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Complimentary Airport & Amtrak Shuttle service
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call The Pine Lodge for rates For pre - post stays please contact The Pine Lodge directly.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call The Pine Lodge for rates For pre - post stays please contact The Pine Lodge directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in will be at the Pine Lodge located in Whitefish, MT. Check-in anytime after 4PM. Orientation will take place at 5PM in the hotel meeting room. You will be staying at The Pine Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Hotel check-out by 11AM. You will be staying at The Pine Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. There will be waivers for activities on Big Mountain and for the float trip that will need to be signed and returned ahead of program start.
  Parking availability:
There is plenty of free parking available at The Pine Lodge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Whitefish, Montana
  Nearest highway: Hwy 93
  Nearest airport:  Glacier International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Whitefish, Montana
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Pine Lodge Shuttle
phone: 406-862-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary Hotel Shuttle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

Please call the Pine Lodge at (406) 862-7600 for advanced reservations.

 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Pine Lodge Shuttle
phone: 406-862-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary Hotel Shuttle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

Please call the Pine Lodge at (406) 862-7600 for advanced reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  Glacier Park International Airport Turn left onto Hwy 2 from airport. Drive approximately 4 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 40 at the first light. Drive approximately 5 miles to the intersection of Hwy 93. Drive approximately 1.7 miles. The Pine Lodge, 920 Spokane Ave, will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Whitefish, MT is at 3,028'. The highest elevation you'll experience during the week is 7,000'.

Equipment Requirements: Warm waterproof clothing, swimsuit, sturdy hiking boots, waterproof shoes / sandals (for float trip), a day pack, collapsible walking stick, hat and a leak proof water bottle are highly recommended.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals / Orientation
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in anytime after 4PM at the Pine Lodge. Orientation will be at 5PM in the hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: Catered Dinner in the hotel meeting room following Orientation.
 Evening: Free time to get settled in after dinner.
   
Accommodations: The Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Big Mountain Discovery / Aerial Adventure / Gondola to the Summit / Alpine Slide
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Base Lodge of Big Mountain Resort.
 Morning: The day opens with discovery and adventure as we go to Big Mountain Ski Resort to take part in an Aerial Adventure. Next, we'll ride the big Gondola to the summit at 7,000 feet of elevation. There we'll have an interpretive talk about the geology and ecology of the this spectacular part of the Rocky Mountains which contains Glacier National Park. We'll get an overview of the Flathead Valley area and a look across the peaks into Glacier from Big Mountain Resort. At the Summit Nature Center we'll learn to identify animals by their footprints or their scat. We'll also have the chance to see and hold some natural elements.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Summit
 Afternoon: After lunch and a chance to walk around the Summit, we'll ride the Gondola down the mountain to the top of the Alpine Slide. This family fun activity allows everyone the chance to use the mountain's gravity to propel them at their own pace down this fun Alpine Slide
 Dinner: Dinner at a local family friendly restaurant in Whitefish.
 Evening: Tonight is a good chance to unwind with a visit to the Lodge swimming pool or hot tub for a soak. Otherwise, just enjoy the view of the Whitefish River from the back deck of the hotel.
   
Accommodations: The Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glacier National Park / Lake McDonald Valley / Flathead Audubon Society Program / Interpretive Hikes
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Catered Breakfast in the hotel meeting room.
 Morning: We'll head out of town this morning, and into Glacier National Park about 25 miles away. We'll enter the Park at West Glacier and begin our exploration of this magnificent Park. En route we'll stop for some sight seeing and walk / talks in the beautiful Lake McDonald Valley accompanied by local instructors with the Flathead Audubon Society providing expert interpretation.
 Lunch: We'll have a sack lunch somewhere along the way on our day of discovery in Park.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll enjoy more that this beautiful Park has to offer on another hike and interpretation with our Flathead Audubon Society instructors. Afterwards we'll depart back to the Pine Lodge.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local family friendly restaurant in Whitefish.
 Evening: Tonight is a good chance to unwind with a visit to the Lodge swimming pool or hot tub for a soak. Otherwise, just enjoy the view of the Whitefish River from the back deck of the hotel.
   
Accommodations: The Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field Trip to Logan Pass via the Going-to-the-Sun Road / Interpretive Hike
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Catered Breakfast in the hotel meeting room.
 Morning: This morning we depart on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road (weather permitting). As we ride along the famous road, we'll be treated to local native interpretation, with stops along the way.
 Lunch: We'll have a sack lunch somewhere along the way on our day of discovery in Park.
 Afternoon: We'll get to the Summit at Logan Pass to experience standing on the 'Backbone of the World' as the natives called the mountains. Here, we'll take an interpretive hike. This afternoon we'll depart back to the Pine Lodge,
 Dinner: Catered Dinner in the hotel meeting room.
 Evening: Tonight is a good chance to unwind with a visit to the Lodge swimming pool or hot tub for a soak. Otherwise, just enjoy the view of the Whitefish River from the back deck of the hotel. .
   
Accommodations: The Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Whitefish Lake Institute Program / Downtown Whitefish / Scenic Float Trip
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Catered Breakfast in the hotel meeting room.
 Morning: This morning we'll join experts from the Whitefish Lake Institute and get a big-picture view of Whitefish Lake and be introduced to the timeline of the area, from its geological formation through today. Scientists will explain the complex food web of the lake, the native and introduced fish species that are found there, and talk about the changes that are brought about by introduced species. And, we'll participate in some guided scientific research of our own. Following the presentation, enjoy some free time in Whitefish. The historic downtown has unique shopping opportunities, numerous art galleries and exhibits, and is very pedestrian friendly. The nearby Whitefish Railway Depot houses the Stumptown Historical Society museum with railroad memorabilia from the turn of the century to today. The 1927 Great Northern Railway Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on-your-own to discover the local cuisine.
 Afternoon: This afternoon adventure awaits! Grab a paddle and take a guided scenic rafting float trip down the beautiful North Fork of the Flathead River. You'll learn to paddle in cooperation with others as expert leaders guide the raft ride. Following the scenic float, we'll return to the Pine Lodge.
 Dinner: Tonight we will have a Catered Dinner in the hotel meeting room. It is our final meal together as we reminisce together about the fun we've had and the friends we've made.
 Evening: Closing and conclusion of program.
   
Accommodations: The Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the Pine Lodge Lobby
 Morning: Hotel check-out by 11AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Glacier - A Natural History Guide


Author: David Rockwell


Description: A jewel in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses one of the richest and diverse natural regions in North America. The vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge here, creating a dramatic landscape filled with plants and animals unique to those three basins. Author and naturalist David Rockwell presents in-depth descriptions of the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park. He explains the park's evolution from the erosion of Siberian mountains more than a billion years ago to the glaciers that gave Glacier National Park its distinctive landscape. He examines the park's great predators-grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves-and their complex relationship with their prey. The result is a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of the world's last wild places.



Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky


Author: C.W. Guthrie


Description: Traveling Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience like no other. Laborers toiled for nearly 20 years to complete the 50-mile road that winds an impossible route through the heart of Glacier. One of the most scenic highways in the world, this marvel of engineering set the standard for all national parks. C. W. Guthrie tells the intriguing tale of the history and the construction of the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Includes more than 60 black-and-white historic and color photographs, maps.



Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road


Author: Raup, Earhart, Whipple, and Carrara


Description: With this colorful and lively guide, Glacier National Park visitors can tour the fascinating geologic events that created the park's majestic scenery. Complete with an easy-to-read map that offers a three-dimensional perspective on the area's geology, Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road gives lay readers and geologists alike a glimpse into Glacier's unique geologic summary.



Grizzly Country


Author: Andy Russell


Description: The grizzly bear has always inspired awe in man, but the animal's true nature and character has long been shrouded in myth. Few people know grizzlies as Andy Russell does, and in Grizzly Country he shares stories from a lifetime of experience observing them, first as hunter, then as cameraman. In wonderfully engaging prose, he reveals the life cycle of this remarkable creature.



Wildflowers of Glacier National Park


Author: Shannon Kimball and Peter Lesica


Description: Wildflowers of Glacier National Park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly field guide featuring over 300 of Glacier National Park's most common plant species. From wildflowers to trees to grasses and sedges, this book features beautiful photographs, detailed descriptions, notes on habitat and fun facts for each plant. It's a perfect plant reference for anyone with an interest in the natural history and splendor of Glacier National Park.



KIDS: Glacier National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover


Author: David Aretha


Description: Thousands of years ago, glaciers of the last ice age carved the majestic terrain that became Glacier National Park. Students will learn about the home of hundreds of species of animals and over a thousand plant species. The park is located in northern Montana and readers will find out how best to visit the park, depending on if they are hiking, camping or driving through. Includes color photographs and illustrations, glossary, chapter notes, further reading list, and index. 128 pages.



KIDS: Going to Glacier National Park


Author: Alan Leftridge


Description: Designed for children ages 8 to 13, Going to Glacier is packed with fun and fascinating information about Glacier National Park. Authored by Alan Leftridge, seasonal ranger and naturalist, the colorfully illustrated book details the parks namesake glaciers, flora and fauna, dramatic weather, Indians and early settlers, historic sites and structures, and the effects of fire. The book also features maps and interpretive information for hikes that the kids will love. A must-have for families traveling to Glacier National Park!



KIDS: Born Wild in Glacier National Park


Author: Donald M. Jones


Description: Springtime in Glacier National Park is where the wild things are---baby wild things! This charming collection of candid and sometimes comical images by wildlife photographer Donald M. Jones is devoted entirely to the park's junior residents.





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