North Fork of the Flathead River
(3) Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.
The Big Creek Outdoor Education Center began in 1927 as a Forest Service Ranger Station and home base for fire crews. In 1988, the Glacier Institute established its current outdoor education program at Big Creek. This is a truly peaceful location on the North Fork of the Flathead River and opportunities abound for hiking, biking, bird or wildlife watching and enjoying the outdoors. The Glacier Institute’s Big Creek Outdoor Education Center is operated under special use permit with the Flathead National Forest. Staff lives on-site and is available to assist students.
There is trail access from Big Creek.
Visitors may observe the presence of various wildlife.
Glacier Institute publishes an annual catalog of educational programs available for school groups. The catalog is also posted on the website.
Access is from the parking lot.
There is some disabled access.
Big Creek is approximately 23 miles north of Columbia Falls up the North Fork Road. Portions of the North Fork Road are unpaved.
There is ample parking.
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Group sizes are limited to 40 people.
Fees are specific to the educational program and arrangements.
All U.S. Forest Service regulations apply. Please call for specific details.
A gear list is located on the website.
Services are provided with programs arranged in advance. No drop-ins.
Glacier Institute Main Office, 755-1211