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Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park is full of pristine forests, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes.

Glacier National Park is full of pristine forests, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes.

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By now your kids probably understand what global warming is and how it affects nature. So why not take them to Glacier National Park, where they can see some of the planet’s most spectacular displays?

Sure you can visit year-round, but head to Montana during the winter season for a true experience, full snowy adventure. Enjoy an afternoon cross country skiing or snowshoeing through the wilderness. Learn how to ice fish or simply enjoy a hike on one of the park’s many trails.

Ranger-led programs are your best bet for an educational and memorable vacation. Programs are designed for specific grade levels (from Grade 1 to 12) and range from Earth Science to Forest Processes and Native Plants. Participants will learn about geologic activities that have shaped the land, forest ecology, weathering, erosion, plants, animals, and more.

The park has a lot to offer – with six National Historic Landmarks and one of the largest ecosystems in the US – so be sure you plan your trip in advance. The 10-mile long Lake McDonald boasts stunning views and wildlife, as does Many Glacier Trail, located on the Continental Divide.

If snow isn’t for you and the kids, visit towards the end of June.

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