Guided Interpretive Workshops

Explore Glacier's back country with a knowledgeable, experienced, and personable guide while staying at Sperry Chalet.

Workshop dates are still being determined.

Sperry Glacier Workshop

High Alpine Ecology

A natural history exploration for families.

100 Years at Sperry ... and beyond

A natural history exploration for families.

2020 Operating season:

Sperry Glacier Workshop

100 Years at Sperry Chalet... and Beyond!

High Alpine Ecology

Each Workshop includes:

Costs:
$60.00 per person in addition to the required two night chalet reservation.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

All workshops take place rain or shine.

Cancellations

To reserve your space or for more information, call the Sperry Chalet reservation office: 1-888-345-2649


Sperry Glacier Workshop

Sperry Glacier

This all day workshop will take you to a high mountain valley carved by ice age glaciers. View glacial land forms, features of present day Sperry Glacier and the ecosystem inhabited by plants and animals that have successfully adapted to the alpine.

Your guide will be Janet Paul Bones, a former ranger naturalist in Glacier National Park, a teacher and presenter for the Smithsonian Institute and the Glacier Institute. She has been teaching field classes in Glacier National Park since 1984. Her longtime commitment to education and her extensive experience with Glacier National Park make this an extraordinary opportunity.


100 Years at Sperry... and Beyond!

Come explore the human and natural environment of this important historic landmark.

Families and people of all ages are invited to come have some fun with veteran naturalist and educator Ashley Mason. This workshop will be truly ”hands-on” as we explore the geology, mammals, birds and human history of the spectacular Granite Park Chalet area. Activities will be geared toward multi-age audience and will include demonstrations, games, songs and costumes. All are welcome as long as you are a kid at heart!

Participants will use cookies, slime and other interesting props to learn about Glacier’s amazing geological history. The spectacular but sometimes harsh subalpine environment provides a fascinating backdrop to discuss survival strategies, behavior and adaptations of those plants and animals that live there. Finally, a walk around the Chalet area will reveal some of the more interesting human history of the area.

Depending on the weather and the group’s interest the Lincoln Pass Trail, or the Sperry Glacier Trail as well as the Sperry Trail will be used for hikes and activities. These trails are easy to moderate in difficulty and the pace will be moderate to slow. The Sperry Glacier Trail is more difficult.

Evening programs will include a fun interactive program on Pikas, Glacier’s high country rabbit species (with costumes!).

Ashley Mason is former Glacier National Park ranger naturalist. She is also an instructor for Road Scholar and The Glacier Institute. In addition, she is currently the Conservation Educator for Flathead Audubon Society and was the 2012 Audubon Educator of the Year. She has been teaching field classes in and around Glacier National Park since 1992. She has a passion for taking the amazing and often complex stories of the landscape and distilling them into compelling stories for her students. She is especially interested in making conservation education fun and accessible for families and people of all backgrounds.

Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate.


High Alpine Ecology

A natural history exploration for families.

Families and people of all ages are invited to explore the ecology of Glacier’s high alpine with veteran naturalist Ashley Mason. Activities will be hands-on and geared toward a multi-age audience. All are welcome as long as you are young at heart!

A visit to Glacier’s high country provides a truly unique opportunity to step back into the past…the ancient past. As recent at 10,000 years ago Glacier’s mountain-tops rose from a sea of Glacial Ice. These high mountain environments still exist as natural-history museums preserving the fascinating story of the Park’s ice-age past. The instructor will use a hands-on approach to explain local geology and how the glaciers scoured the landscape, making way for the unique plant and animal communities that live there today. The spectacular but sometimes harsh subalpine environment provides a fascinating backdrop to discuss survival strategies and behavioral adaptations of those plants and animals that are relics of the ice-age past such as the American Pika, hoary marmot and Columbian ground squirrel. We will also discuss how climate change is affecting those populations as well as Park research programs on climate change.

Depending on the interest and ability of the participants the course will utilize the spectacular Sperry Glacier Trail (a strenuous hike) or the Lake Ellen Wilson Overlook Trail (which is more moderate). The sweeping and dramatic views of the peaks and valleys around Sperry Chalet will be used as a backdrop for discussing Glacier’s geologic history and identifying glacially carved features of the Park’s landscape. These trails provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and are moderate to strenuous in difficulty. The pace will be moderate.

Evening programs will include a fun interactive program on Pikas, Glacier’s high country rabbit species (with costumes!), as well as a talk celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service and it’s legacy of conservation.

Ashley Mason is former Glacier National Park ranger naturalist, as well as Audubon educator. She is currently an instructor for Road Scholar and The Glacier Institute and Flathead Valley Community College. In addition, she was the 2012 Audubon Educator of the Year. She has been teaching field classes in and around Glacier National Park since 1992. She has a passion for taking the amazing and often complex stories of the landscape and distilling them into compelling stories for her students. She is especially interested in making conservation education fun and accessible for families and people of all backgrounds.

Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate.