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Glacier National Park Intergenerational Adventure: Raft, Ride and Slide

Program Number: 20884RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/29/2014 - 8/3/2014; 7/15/2015 - 7/20/2015; 7/22/2015 - 7/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Kalispell, Montana
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - 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.




Date Specific Information

7-29-2014

This date will be staying in a hotel in the town of Whitefish.



Coordinated by Black Hills Educational Institute.




Accommodations
Modern hotel in the town of Kalispell.

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
   Pine Lodge
  Whitefish, Montana 5 nights
 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: 800-305-7463
web: www.thepinelodge.com
  Room amenities: Hotel room amenities include: Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Hair dryers Cable Television with HBO Mini Fridge Microwave
  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 4:00 p.m. Orientation will take place at 5:00 p. m. in the hotel meeting room. You will be staying at Pine Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Pine Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. There will be waivers for activities at Whitefish Mountain Resort and for the float trip that will need to be signed on site.
  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 Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Pine Lodge Shuttle
phone: 800-305-7463
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary Hotel Shuttle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

 

Whitefish, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Pine Lodge Shuttle
phone: 800-305-7463
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary Hotel Shuttle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

 
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. Turn Right. 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, rain jacket, 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 Arrival / Lodge Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Afternoon: Check in anytime after 4:00 p.m. at the Pine Lodge. Orientation will be at 5:00 p. m. in the hotel meeting room. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Our opening dinner buffet will take place in the downstairs meeting room at the Pine Lodge following Orientation. Local catered American entrees with Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available upon prior request.
 Evening: Free time to get settled in for the week.
   
Accommodations: Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Aerial Adventure / Gondola to the Summit / Alpine Slide
(Wednesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: After a short coach ride to Whitefish Mountain Resort, enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet at Ed and Mully’s with choices of whole grain breads and bagels, a variety of yogurts, cold cereals, granola, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and a rotation of fresh seasonal sliced fruit. Juice, milk, coffee & hot tea also available.
 Morning: The day opens with discovery and adventure as we go to Whitefish Mountain Resort to take part in a family bonding Aerial Adventure course. Next, we'll ride the big Gondola to the summit of Big Mountain at 7,000 feet of elevation.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch with a view as you dine at the Summit House, located at the summit of Big Mountain. A classic buffet with American style entrees will be offered.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll visit the Summit Nature Center and have an interpretive talk about this spectacular part of the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park. Next, 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: Located just 0.4 miles from the Pine Lodge, enjoy an early evening stroll to one of Whitefish’s local favorites, the Pin & Cue. Enjoy a catered dinner buffet featuring American entrees with Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available upon prior request.
 Evening: Tonight enjoy a presentation by a local expert on the fascinating ecology, geology, history and culture of Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.
   
Accommodations: Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glacier National Park / Lake McDonald Valley / Flathead Audubon Society Program / Interpretive Hikes
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: While the Pine Lodge offers many items on their continental breakfast buffet there will be additional catered hot breakfast entrees for Road Scholar participants in the downstairs meeting room.
 Morning: This morning we'll head to Glacier National Park, about 25 miles away, for an all-day field trip were we'll be lead on interpretive walks and hikes by local instructors with the Flathead Audubon Society.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll continue with interpretation walks and hikes with the local Flathead Audubon Society instructors.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner tonight in Glacier National Park at Jammer Joe’s Grill and Pizzeria. Participants will be free to order off the menu for dinner. Jammer Joe’s serves up pizzas, salads and sandwiches in a retro Red Bus atmosphere.
 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: Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field Trip to Logan Pass via the Going-to-the-Sun Road / Interpretive Hike
(Friday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: In addition to the Lodge's continental breakfast, a To-Go breakfast sandwich will be available to grab on our way to Glacier National Park.
 Morning: This morning we depart for a field trip to Logan Pass traveling on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Along the way we'll be treated to local interpretation.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 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. Logan Pass is at an elevation of 7,000'. The sub alpine ecosystem of Logan Pass is home to creatures with amazing abilities. They require special adaptations to survive at this elevation. It's almost like these animals have developed super powers.
 Dinner: Located just 0.4 miles from the Pine Lodge, enjoy an early evening stroll to one of Whitefish’s local favorites, the Pin & Cue. Enjoy a catered dinner buffet featuring American entrees with Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available upon prior request.
 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: Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Whitefish Lake Institute Program / Downtown Whitefish / Scenic Float Trip
(Saturday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: While the Pine Lodge offers many items on their continental breakfast buffet there will be additional catered hot breakfast entrees for Road Scholar participants in the downstairs 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: This lunch has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Whitefish has numerous restaurants and the Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for lunch at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: This afternoon adventure awaits! Grab a paddle and take a guided scenic rafting float trip down the beautiful Middle Fork of the Flathead River. You'll learn to paddle in cooperation with others as expert leaders guide the raft ride.
 Dinner: Located just 0.4 miles from the Pine Lodge, enjoy an early evening stroll to one of Whitefish’s local favorites, the Pin & Cue. Enjoy a catered dinner buffet featuring American entrees with Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available upon prior request.
   
Accommodations: Pine Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Lodge.
 Morning: The program concludes with breakfast, followed by independent departures. Please note that check out is by 11:00 a. m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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: 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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