Montana Student Travel

Northwestern Montana boasts some of the most astonishing landscapes, desolate terrain, and diverse, intact ecosystems in the temperate world.  “The Crown of the Continent” is home to Glacier, our country’s 10th National Park, and is populated by elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, Canada lynx and wolverine.  Here we have the opportunity to delve into the relationships between people and landscapes – conservation, ranching, indigenous cultures, rural economics and entrepreneurs, wilderness survival skills, forest management, public lands, wildfires management and fire ecology.  Through our engagement with local experts and the wildlife and landscapes themselves, we begin to understand the beauty and complexity of these relationships through time.

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Why We Love Montana

Unlike our tropical destinations, in Montana we have the opportunity for a multitude of seasonally-dependent experiences.  In the winter, we follow wildlife tracks in the snow, build snow caves to sleep in, learn avalanche safety and rescue, and explore the quiet side of Glacier National Park on our snowshoes.  In the summer, we put on waders and snorkel gear to get a closer look at fish habitat, set up game cameras to monitor wildlife, and go backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  We also have the opportunity to also engage with Blackfeet Indian elders – learning their language, art, and relationship with the natural world has evolved over thousands of years.

A Day on Expedition in Montana

Today we focus on habitats and adaptations for life in this environment. In the morning, we receive a presentation from expert biologists on wildlife tracking, learning about habitat associations, gait patterns, and track characteristics.  In the afternoon, we head out for a guided interpretive snowshoe hike along the North Fork Flathead River, where we will put our learning into action, identifying tracks through gait pattern recognition, focusing on adaptations for specific habitats, and discuss wildlife behaviors. We then get an up close look at large animal processing and smoking at a locally owned specialty meat shop specializing in local game.  Tonight we bring it all together with a wild game dinner back at the ranch.

Important Themes:

–    Native and Introduced Species of Glacier National Park 

–    Conservation and Threats to Species and Habitats

–    Seasonal Variation: Habitat production and species behavior 

Best Value in Montana

Chill Expeditions offers the absolute best value for an unparalleled experiential learning experience in Montana. Each of our expeditions is customized to meet your educational vision and trip interests, so pricing varies by itinerary – most of our student expeditions to Montana range from $250-300 per student per day (land cost). We offer 1 free chaperone land cost for each 10 paying students, and our expeditions are completely all inclusive – no add-ons or hidden costs while on the road.