Western Montana Sunday Tour

Ninepipes Lodge

Immerse Yourself in Western Montana

Sunday June 24th – All Day/ 8 AM – 10 PM
Open to international guests, Featured Speakers, and conference board members traveling to iLRN 2018

Join us for the best – and most relaxing – way to immerse yourself into Montana: Big Sky Country!

After loading up with local pastries and coffee, we’ll depart from Missoula and head northward to and through the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Reservation is home to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (Bitterroot Salish, Upper Pend d’Oreille, and the Kootenai), along with Salish Kootenai College.

Driving alongside the picturesque Mission Mountain Wilderness to the east, we’ll make a stop at the Flathead Biological Station for a tour and snack break. For more than a century, this facility has conducted ecological research on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, with its mission to help people live in a healthy, sustainable environment.

Back on the bus, we’ll continue our trek north around beautiful Flathead Lake. This lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the contiguous United States. Our mid-day break will be at Glacier National Park – known as the Crown of the Continent and origin of the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay.

The bus will unload at Apgar Village, near the park’s main entrance and at the southern shoreline of Lake McDonald. We’ll enjoy a boxed lunch and stretch our legs to enjoy the shops and visitor center here. For those who want more adventure, the bus will take a group about 14 miles/22.5 kilometers into the park to the Avalanche Creek area, where you can choose to enjoy the calming Trail of the Cedars (1 mile/1.6 kilometers) or hike the more challenging trail to Avalanche Lake (4.5 miles/7.2 kilometers roundtrip).

By early evening, we’ll join back up on the bus and head toward home. On our way toward Missoula, we’ll stop to dine at the Ninepipes Lodge, just across the road for Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge, established among the prairie potholes of the Mission Valley. While much of the refuge is closed at this time of year to protect waterfowl nests, one area will be open to explore. So, bring your binoculars – or use those from your hosts – to do a little birdwatching during the peak of this wetland area’s nesting/fledgling season that draws dozens of species.

As the sun sets, guests will get to wind-down as the bus winds its way back to Missoula for the final leg home.

How to register?

  • Registration Fee: $100. 
  • Please select the following option to register. You will need your credit card information to complete the payment.

 

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