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19946
Montana/Alberta

Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Discover historic National Park lodges and magnificent displays of nature as you enjoy an immersive educational experience in two of North America’s most magnificent national parks.
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Program No. 19946RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,669
Montana/Alberta

Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Discover historic National Park lodges and magnificent displays of nature as you enjoy an immersive educational experience in two of North America’s most magnificent national parks.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,669
Program No. 19946 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2021
Starting at
2,769
Itinerary Note

This program date does not enter Canada. Therefore, additional Glacier Park field trips will be conducted in lieu of activities scheduled in Canada.

Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021
Starting at
2,769
Itinerary Note

This program date does not enter Canada. Therefore, additional Glacier Park field trips will be conducted in lieu of activities scheduled in Canada.

Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2021
Starting at
2,669
Itinerary Note

This program date does not enter Canada. Therefore, additional Glacier Park field trips will be conducted in lieu of activities scheduled in Canada.

Jul 5 - Jul 12, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Itinerary Note

At Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights), there are a limited number of rooms with two beds available. If you register as double occupancy with a travel partner, you are not guaranteed two beds in the room at this hotel.

Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Aug 1 - Aug 8, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Aug 8 - Aug 15, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Itinerary Note

At Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights), there are a limited number of rooms with two beds available. If you register as double occupancy with a travel partner, you are not guaranteed two beds in the room at this hotel.

Aug 22 - Aug 29, 2022
Starting at
3,299
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2021
Starting at
3,649
Itinerary Note

This program date does not enter Canada. Therefore, additional Glacier Park field trips will be conducted in lieu of activities scheduled in Canada.

Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021
Starting at
3,649
Itinerary Note

This program date does not enter Canada. Therefore, additional Glacier Park field trips will be conducted in lieu of activities scheduled in Canada.

Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2021
Starting at
3,539
Itinerary Note

This program date does not enter Canada. Therefore, additional Glacier Park field trips will be conducted in lieu of activities scheduled in Canada.

Jul 5 - Jul 12, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Itinerary Note

At Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights), there are a limited number of rooms with two beds available. If you register as double occupancy with a travel partner, you are not guaranteed two beds in the room at this hotel.

Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Aug 1 - Aug 8, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Aug 8 - Aug 15, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Itinerary Note

At Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights), there are a limited number of rooms with two beds available. If you register as double occupancy with a travel partner, you are not guaranteed two beds in the room at this hotel.

Aug 22 - Aug 29, 2022
Starting at
4,249

At a Glance

Explore two jewels of the "Crown of the Continent" — Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. These magnificent parks combined in 1932 to create the world's first international peace park, bridging the United States and Canada with the beauty and serenity of the Rocky Mountains.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Hiking up to two miles on maintained natural surface dirt trails in mountainous terrain. Optional hike of 4-5 miles may be offered one day. Ability to climb stairs, get on and off a motor coach and boat is required. Elevations of 3,000-7,200 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Immerse yourself in the history, beauty and untamed wilderness of this soaring wonderland through its historic lodges, amazing geological features and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Enjoy daily field trips that showcase some of the most intact wildland on the entire continent.
  • Discover breathtaking views, rugged peaks, vast glacier-carved valleys and thundering cascades as you journey over the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard an iconic Red Bus.
Featured Expert
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Ellen Horowitz
Ellen Horowitz is a writer, adjunct professor of botany at Flathead Valley Community College, and a long-time natural history instructor with the Glacier Institute whose outdoor education career spans 40 years. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors including Montana Audubon’s Educator of the Year Award, and magazine writing awards from the National Wildlife Federation. She is author of the award-winning children’s book, “What I Saw in Glacier.” Ellen and her husband live on a farm with their dog and eight mules.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ellen Horowitz is a writer, adjunct professor of botany at Flathead Valley Community College, and a long-time natural history instructor with the Glacier Institute whose outdoor education career spans 40 years. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors including Montana Audubon’s Educator of the Year Award, and magazine writing awards from the National Wildlife Federation. She is author of the award-winning children’s book, “What I Saw in Glacier.” Ellen and her husband live on a farm with their dog and eight mules.
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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.
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Ashley started her career at the North Carolina School of the Art but transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to receive her B.S. in Geology with a minor in field biology. Ashley then came to Montana to teach for the Glacier Institute and then completed graduate work at The University of Montana – Missoula in Environmental Studies. A veteran naturalist and conservation educator Ashley is a former Ranger Naturalist for Glacier National Park. In 2012 she was voted Audubon Educator of the year.
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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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Dave Streeter spent seven years traveling the world designing computer systems. Then he had a flat tire in Great Falls, Mont. Some 30 years later, he is still teaching at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell and exploring Montana’s wilds at every opportunity. He has been a favorite Road Scholar instructor for 25 years, imparting his knowledge of bears, mountain goats, wolves, weather, flowers, glaciation, winter ecology, backcountry skiing and healthy hiking. Dave also performs with the “Grin & Bear it String Clan.”
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Marilyn is a conservation biologist who has had the opportunity to work (and play!) in two iconic landscapes – the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Continental Divide Ecosystem. One of her favorite memories is following radioed collared grizzlies in Yellowstone in the late 1970s but balancing private land with sustaining wildlife populations is the most rewarding. Marilyn was the northwest program manager of the Montana Nature Conservancy for thirteen years. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking or horseback riding the dynamic landscapes.
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Megan Chaisson hails from in Concord, Massachusetts and developed a passion for nature early on. After attending Tufts University, she left New England to explore the Rocky Mountains at Glacier National Park in Montana. Enchanted by the free great spaces, she worked as a Park Ranger with Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest for the next ten years. After leading hikes, snowshoeing, boat trips and youth field trips, Megan is now a 7th grade Life Science teacher in Whitefish, Montana.
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Helen has lived in Montana two-thirds of her life now and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She leads hiking, skiing, dog sledding and bicycle adventures and loves to share her knowledge and gratitude of the Northwest with others. Her entrepreneurialism keeps her exceptionally busy playing music, fighting for clean water, creating cases for musical instruments, building bicycle trails, making her special handcrafted licorice, and keeping a positive attitude. Helen’s home base is an off-the-grid cabin she and her husband built in the woods.
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Al Koss has lived and worked in the Glacier Park area for over 30 years. His love for the out-of-doors and passion for hiking was well represented in his career with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. Al taught environmental education and is a Master Trainer for the Leave No Trace Program. His experience as a Park Naturalist has given him extensive experience and knowledge of the flora and fauna of the park. He enjoys sharing his passion for natural areas with others.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Glacier - A Natural History Guide
by David Rockwell
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.
Moon Glacier National Park: Including Waterton Lakes National Park
by Becky Lomax
Writer, editor, and avid outdoorswoman Becky Lomax offers an insider’s perspective on Glacier National Park. From hiking through multi-color meadows filled with wildflowers to observing the Sperry Glacier, a victim of global warming that will vanish in less than two decades, Lomax knows the best ways to enjoy the park’s one million acres of wilderness. She also includes unique trip strategies for travelers with specific interests and restrictions, including a Wildlife-Watching tour and a whirlwind One Day in Glacier tour. Whether it’s biking up Going-to-the-Sun Road or watching a grizzly forage in huckleberries, Moon Glacier National Park gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road
by Raup, Earhart, Whipple, and Carrara
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.
Wildflowers of Glacier National Park
by Shannon Kimball and Peter Lesica
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.
The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind
by Gary Ferguson
For most of our nation's history, Americans have identified with the "purple mountain majesties" of the Rockies. Trappers and debutantes, miners and missionaries, artists and drinkers, escaped slaves, independent women abandoning hoopskirts, and assorted black sheep of respectable families have all sought refuge and inspiration there. This spectacular landscape has always offered a sense of freedom from crowds and conformity--a world, as Frederic Remington described it, "beyond derby hats and mortgages bearing eight percent." Gary Ferguson spins magnificent tales about the vivid characters who have peopled this majestic region, from the original Indian inhabitants and their interactions with European explorers, to the delirious victims of gold rush fever, to hippies in the Sixties, to today's adventure travelers in high-tech outerwear toting satellite phones into the wild. Throughout, he explores the ebbs and flows of America's attitude toward the vast expanses that embody our sense of freedom.
Grizzly Country
by Andy Russell
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.
Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky
by C.W. Guthrie
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.
Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park
by James Willard Schultz
The author writes a series of diary entries as his Blackfoot friends tell stories in the lodge or around the fire at the end of the day. He has managed to keep the compelling style of his original material, told by talented story tellers. The stories run the gamut from tribal history to legend and myth and convey something of Blackfoot culture, daily life, and beliefs.





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