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20884
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Raft, Ride & Slide in Glacier National Park With Your Grandchild

Alongside your grandchild, raft the Flathead River, look for wildlife, enjoy a gondola ride up Big Mountain and race down on an alpine slide on this national park adventure.
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Program No. 20884RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD
Montana

Raft, Ride & Slide in Glacier National Park With Your Grandchild

Alongside your grandchild, raft the Flathead River, look for wildlife, enjoy a gondola ride up Big Mountain and race down on an alpine slide on this national park adventure.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD
Program No. 20884 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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At a Glance

Discover the majestic peaks, sparkling rivers and green gullies of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley on an adventure with your grandchild! Learn about magnificent wildlife like the mountain goat, bighorn sheep and bears on instructor-led walks and visits to many favorite spots in the park. Raft along Glacier's southern border, hike trails full of flora and fauna and look out over valleys, lakes, rivers and glacier-carved mountains in this beautiful, rugged landscape.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Expect full days with lots of activity. Hike 2 miles daily on maintained dirt trails in mountainous, uneven, and rocky terrain. The ability to get on and off a motor coach and on and off a raft is required. Standing during trail-side lessons. Elevations of 3,000-7,200 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Soar to new heights aboard the gondola to the Big Mountain summit and feel the wind in your hair as you slide down an alpine slide.
  • Experience Glacier National Park with a spectacular drive on the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road.
  • Develop your teamwork skills on a raft journey down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on Glacier's southern border.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out "Raft, Ride & Slide in Glacier National Park With Your Family" (#22729).
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.
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.
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.
KIDS: Going to Glacier National Park
by Alan Leftridge
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!
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.
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.
KIDS: Born Wild in Glacier National Park
by Donald M. Jones
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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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Kalispell
D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Hotel check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Collect welcome packet at the front desk at time of check-in, it will contain an up-to-date-schedule that reflects any last-minute changes and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the hotel meeting room. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar meeting room and meet your group leader. Here you will complete any necessary paperwork and make sack lunch selections. Please wear your Road Scholar name tag that you received in the mail. If you have not received your name tag one month prior to your program, please call Road Scholar at 1-800-454-5768. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. "America the Beautiful" passes cover entrance fees at national parks for up to 4 adults. If you have one of these national park passes, please bring it with you to the program and on our field trips. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a catered buffet meal with an entrée, sides, and dessert. Coffee, iced tea, lemonade, or water included; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy the meal and get to know your fellow travelers.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in to your room, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day tomorrow.

DAY
2
Aerial Adventure, Gondola ride, Alpine Slide, Presentation
Kalispell
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day on dirt trails that may be rocky, hilly, and uneven to access activities. Safety harness required for aerial adventure course. Aerial Adventure is physically demanding and requires climbing, crouching, and maneuvering through obstacles. Gondola ride to the Summit Top is 15 minutes to elevation of 6,800 feet. Periods of standing and sitting. Sitting on sleds down Alpine Slide course. Driving in motor coach about 25 miles, approximately 45 mins each way.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we'll use a voucher for the breakfast buffet which include eggs, pancakes, French toast, and waffles, along with self-serve fruit, Danish, bagels, hot and cold cereals, muffins, and yogurt. An assortment of juices, milk, coffee & hot tea will also be available.

Morning: The day opens with discovery and adventure as we travel to Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort with our Group Leader to take part in a fun bonding experience. Especially for kids: We’ll climb, slide, and “fly” on an aerial adventure obstacle course in the trees. Secured in safety harnesses, we’ll travel between the trees on suspended bridges, cable walkways, nets, ladders and other fun elements. Grandparents can choose to participate in the aerial adventure, or may choose to encourage their grandchildren from the ground. Next, we'll board the "Glacier Chaser" gondola and chairlift, for a 15-minute scenic ride to the 6,800 foot summit of Big Mountain. At the top, we'll have breathtaking panoramic views of Glacier National Park, Flathead Valley, and surrounding areas.

Lunch: At the Summit House Restaurant on top of Big Mountain, enjoy a plated meal. Non-alcoholic beverage included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we'll learn about this spectacular part of the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park during an interpretive talk led by a forest ranger. After the talk, we'll ride the gondola down the mountain to the start of the Alpine Slide. Especially for kids: To end our day on the mountain, we'll have an exciting ride down the 1,605 foot long Alpine Slide. The flat, wheeled sleds have hand brakes to control your speed while whizzing around curves, through a tunnel, under bridges, and on straightaways. Note: Kids under 48" (4 feet) tall must ride with an adult. We’ll return to the hotel tired but exhilarated, with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel meeting room, a catered buffet will be provided just for us.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation by a local expert on the wild wonders of Glacier National Park and surrounding area.

DAY
3
Glacier National Park, Audubon Society Program & Walks
Kalispell
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Walk 2 miles on dirt trails that may be rocky, slippery, hilly, and uneven. 225 foot elevation gain, max elevation 3,410 feet. Standing during trail-side lessons and activities. We'll split into smaller groups for today's walks. Driving in a motor coach approximately 50 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes each way.

Breakfast: We'll use a voucher at the hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll head out for a full-day field trip in Glacier National Park, with interpretive walks led by local experts with the Flathead Audubon Society. While on the trail, participate in a variety of fun instructor-led activities that will capitalize on the natural curiosity of children. We'll focus on using different senses to experience the unique forest and explore the secrets of the natural, wild surroundings.

Lunch: Along the trail enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch which includes a sandwich or wrap and sides. Please bring your own reusable, leak-proof water bottle to consume at lunch and throughout the day.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll continue interpretive walks with the local Flathead Audubon Society instructors. We'll learn about the flora and fauna we encounter along the trail. After our walks we'll ride the bus to Lake McDonald where we will have some free time to relax. Spend it exploring the historic Lake McDonald Lodge, or just sit by the lake and enjoy the expansive scenery.

Dinner: At a diner inside Glacier National Park we'll use a voucher and order plated meals from the menu which features pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Once we arrive back at the hotel, feel free to enjoy the evening at your leisure.

DAY
4
Wetlands Program, Downtown Whitefish, Scenic Raft Trip
Kalispell
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Drive time to Whitefish approximately 1/2 hour in motor coach. Drive time to rafting less than 1 hour. Bring water attire, water sandals, and dry clothes for after. Required life jackets are provided. Optional water shoes and wet suits available. Rafting field trip is approximately 2 hours, with periods of sitting, paddling (according to personal choice), and opportunities to get out and stretch legs. Restroom facilities available at the raft company. Drive back to hotel less than 1 hour.

Breakfast: We'll have a voucher for the hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll travel to Whitefish and join a local environmental scientist to get a big-picture understanding of Whitefish Lake and nearby wetlands. We'll learn about the complex food web of the lake, the native and introduced fish species that are found there, and talk about the changes that are caused by introduced species. Especially for Kids: We'll participate in some hands-on scientific research of our own and learn about insect indicators of water quality. Next, we'll have time for personal independent exploration in Whitefish. The historic downtown is full of western charm and is very pedestrian friendly. The nearby Whitefish Railway Depot was built in 1927 Great Northern Railway and is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Whitefish. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Whitefish has numerous restaurants to choose from.

Afternoon: Especially for kids: A fun and splashy adventure awaits! We'll go on an expert-led rafting trip down the beautiful Middle Fork of the Flathead River. If you choose, you can help paddle the boat through the rapids, be prepared to get wet! As we travel by raft along the southern border of Glacier National Park we will gain a unique perspective of the landscape. We'll learn about the geologic forces that shaped the landscape, appreciate the river’s Wild and Scenic Waterway designation, and discover why this pristine river is such an important part of the ecosystem. We'll learn about where all the water comes from and where it is headed. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the shoreline, you may even spot a bear.

Dinner: Immediately following the raft trip, we'll enjoy a special outdoor barbecue prepared just for us at the raft company. We'll be spending the evening outside so bring dry clothes and a warm layer for after the raft trip.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
5
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Hiking at Logan Pass
Kalispell
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Hiking up to 2 miles on maintained dirt trails that may be uneven and rocky, and on boardwalk with steep and deep steeps. Elevation of 6,646 feet at Logan Pass, max elevation 7,200 feet. Driving 37 miles about 1 hour each way, to Glacier by motor coach. Then drive one way 30 miles, about 1 hour 15 minutes in 17 passenger Red Buses. Total round trip travel time 4-5 hours.

Breakfast: We'll use a voucher at the hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll travel to the Apgar area of Glacier National park where our expert instructors will offer enriching interpretation as we walk the trails and explore the area. We'll also stop at the base of Lake McDonald to take in the mountain views and learn about the glacial forces that carved this huge lake long ago.

Lunch: In the field, we'll enjoy a sack lunch made with sandwich or wrap and sides. Please bring your own reusable, leak-proof water bottle to consume at lunch and throughout the day.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll travel the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard an iconic Red Bus with expert drivers who offer narrative along the way. These fully restored historic Red Busses were first used in the mid-1930s to transport visitors through Glacier National Park and they continue to delight passengers today. Their canvass roll-back tops allow for unsurpassed views of the towering mountains in every direction. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a National Historic Landmark and it is the only road that crosses Glacier National Park. Switchbacks and tunnels were constructed to help visitors pass through some of the most spectacular scenery Glacier National Park has to offer. Our destination is Logan Pass, located along the Continental Divide, where waters flow either toward the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. Logan Pass is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road with an elevation of 6,646'. At Logan Pass we'll set off on foot for an expert-led interpretive walk in the subalpine ecosystem. We'll search for evidence of past glaciers by looking for geological features such as aretes, glacial horns, moraines, and waterfalls. We will also be on the lookout for special plants and animals with unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in the harsh, high elevation environment. Along the way we may be distracted by meadows teeming with wildflowers and towering snow-capped peaks! The trail starts at about 6,660 feet and climbs up from there. The trail consists of pavement, a boardwalk with steep and deep steps, and a dirt and rock trail. After our walks conclude, we will complete our journey on the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard Red Buses then we will return to the hotel in Kalispell.

Dinner: Back at the hotel, we'll celebrate a week full of adventure and learning with a casual farewell dinner together. Enjoy a buffet with entrée, sides, and dessert plus coffee, iced tea, lemonade or water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and independent departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Kalispell
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: We'll have a voucher for the hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

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