Since 2005 the Glacier National Park Citizen Science Program has utilized trained park visitors, staff and volunteers to collect scientific information that would otherwise be unavailable to resource managers and researchers due to lack of personnel or funding. The program is coordinated by the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) based at Glacier.
For "citizen scientists," the rewards are a sense of stewardship and a greater awareness and understanding of the park's resource issues. For the park, it provides a wealth of data which can be used to increase understanding of our natural resources, offering an opportunity to get much-needed baseline information about key plant and animal species.
The CCRLC is currently facilitating three Citizen Science programs, made possible through the generous support of the Glacier National Park Conservancy:
More information regarding the CCRLC Citizen Science programs can be found in our newsletters, available on the Research Publications and Media page.
If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist at Glacier National Park, please contact the CCRLC.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.