Every Kid in a Park LogoEvery Kid in a Park – Fourth graders can download a free pass for their family to see America’s public lands.

  • In collaboration with the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), the National Park Service is leading the Every Kid in a Park initiative to help the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates create meaningful connections to parks and all public lands and waters.
    • While NPS is leading this effort, this is an opportunity for kids to visit public lands of all kinds, not just parks.
  • The initiative will give every 4th grade student and their families across the country a chance to visit a park, preserve or other public lands and waters during the 2017-2018 school year.
    • It is starting with an invitation to the targeted segment of America’s 4th graders because we know that children who interact with nature and natural areas before age 11 are more likely to have positive attitudes toward nature and the environment as adults.
    • Fourth grade is also when many schools are teaching local, state, and national history.
    • Additionally, we already have targeted programs for 4th graders in many of our parks, and now we want to extend them for ALL 4th graders.
    • Some of these students will come as part of organized field trips, and others will come with their families and friends and will use a printable pass to get free park access for a year.

Participating agencies in Every Kid in a Park include the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Free Holiday Tree Permit

Once you have gotten your Every Kid in a Park pass at Fourth graders can then get a free holiday tree permit from participating U.S. Forest Service units. Contact the forest near you for dates and more information about the holiday tree program. You will need to present a valid Every Kid in a Park durable pass or paper voucher. Permits are available Thanksgiving through Christmas at the Flathead National Forest office in Kalispell. 

$300 Travel Grants for Fourth Grade Groups to Montana’s Public Lands

Glacier National Park is partnering with the Montana Environmental Education Association to distribute about forty $300 bus grants from the National Park Foundation.  The travel grants are only available to fourth grade -aged groups to visit federal and state public lands in Montana.

Requests for the $300 bus grants will be filled on a first come, first served, basis to fourth grade classrooms in Montana that are underserved in their access to public lands for outdoor education. Field trips can take place any time from October 2017 – August 2018. Applicants must indicate that they are going to a public land site that is supported by the EKIP program (which includes state parks in Montana). Educators receiving grant awards must agree to submit a photo and complete a report similar to this post-visit report from 2017 once their field trip is completed. They may also be asked to participate in an evaluation study being conducted by the National Park Foundation.

To apply for a grant, complete a 2017 – 2018 Fourth Graders to MT Public Lands Bus Grant Application. Grants will continue to be awarded through August 2018 or until funding is no longer available.

See the National Park Foundation Every Kid in a Park Campaign for more information.

Fire Science and Forestry Scholarships and Financial Aid Resource Guide – began in 2012 to provide quality data and information for students pursuing a career in fire science. They provide tools and resources to help students and professionals make well-informed decisions about their education and career training.

Information includes:

  • Updated scholarships information and financial aid options                                              Fire&ForestryScholarships
  • Where to find grants and loans that pertain to this field
  • A list of resources to assist students pursing a degree in fire education

Teacher's GuideA Teacher’s Guide to Outdoor Education Sites and Programs in the Flathead Region – Explore the educational sites and programs available in the Flathead Region for fun and effective field trips in this eBooklet.

Created with teachers in mind, the eBooklet describes the sites and associated educational programs; provides the logistical details for planning the trips; lists the Montana Curriculum Content Standards; and links to additional resources for creating lesson plans.


Flathead Watershed Sourcebook, 2nd Edition– This website is a companion to the book of the same title, which together serve as a primer to the Flathead Watershed. Viewed from a bioregional perspective, the project discusses the many people and systems that make up the Flathead Watershed—one of the most biologically intact ecosystems in North America. The Flathead Watershed Sourcebook weds science and art, nature and human nature into an appealing and informative resource for citizens and educators. The menus of this site follow the chapters of the book, making the information widely accessible.  Long-time residents, new community members and visitors will find details of the geography, cultures, natural history and economics of the Flathead Watershed. The full details of the project, its funders, author, and contributors are available when you follow the link to the website.



Educational Trunk List 2017The Flathead region has a number of organizations that make educational trunks available for loan- oftentimes at no charge. The link above is to a pdf document that was assembled by the Flathead CORE of all the the trunks that we are currently aware of. It even contains links to organizations outside the Flathead region for folks willing to do a little more work or who can pay to have a trunk shipped here. These resources are wonderful tools for educators, youth group leaders, home schools, etc. for use in their classrooms.


FireWorks Education Trunk Contents

FireWorks Education Trunk

Fire Speaks the Land Brochure “Fire Speaks the Land” is an active audiences’ performance in K-6 schools that educates youth about their natural environment through an interactive, innovative performance. The 50-minute gymnasium assembly empowers students to become better stewards of public lands and gives them a sense of pride in their national treasures.

We use music, movement, lights, costumes and narration in a captivating performance that both educates and entertains. Children adore it! Teachers have called it “The best science lesson I’ve ever seen!” One principal wrote, “My son talked about it all weekend!”  “Fire Speaks the Land connects to the earth science and Indian Education for All curriculum. Each participating School receives and on-line “Teacher Resource Guide” to help teachers prepare students for the performance and follow-up afterwards. This guide is filled with creative activities that links to the arts, fire science and forest ecology.

For more information, contact, 406-243-2870.


Noxious Weed Management Tips–  This link is a pdf document that provides a contact list of professionals you can contact for help with weed management, tips on how to launder clothes contaminated with herbicide, instructions on how to calibrate a boom and bloomless sprayer, tips on how to read an herbicide label, and photos of Flathead County noxious weeds.

Sponsored by: Flathead Conservation District, The Department of Agriculture, MSU Extension, CHS, Glacier National Park, Flathead County Weed Department, United States Forest Service, and Flathead Valley Community College.


Do you have a great resource for educators in the Flathead? Then send a message on the “Contact Us” page so we can add it here.