Public Invited to Fourth Annual Science and History Day
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials from Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park invite the public to Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day on Thursday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park. The event is free of charge.
Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Rod Blair commented, “Science and History Day offers an outstanding opportunity for the public to learn about some of the ongoing research in the Peace Park. All our speakers do an excellent job of presenting their topics in a non-technical manner.”
Glacier National Park Superintendent Mick Holm noted, “This year’s Science and History Day holds special symbolism as it is the 75th anniversary of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park- the world’s first. The peace and friendship of the Peace Park is also captured by our scientific community which cooperates on projects. We welcome everyone to Glacier for this special event.”
Again this year there are four thematic groups: vegetation and watersheds; history, culture and social science; monitoring in the Peace Park; and wildlife. Within these categories, a wide variety of topics will be covered including: Peace Park history, whitebark pines, artwork in Glacier’s hotels, wolverines, loons, and northern leopard frogs. The conference is organized with the first two thematic groups held in the morning and the second two groups held in the afternoon. There will also be a lunch break from noon until 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available during breaks.
Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units will be available for U.S. teachers who attend this conference. Contact Laura Law, Glacier’s Education Specialist, at 406-888-5837 for more information.
As there is limited parking at Lake McDonald Lodge, visitors are encouraged to car pool or to utilize Glacier’s free shuttle system. More information on the shuttle system is available online at http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.
Over 100 people attended each of the three previous forums. Last year’s event was held in Waterton and the first two were held in Glacier.
A detailed agenda is available at visitor centers in Glacier or by contacting the park receptionist in Waterton (via email or 403-859-2224). It is also available online as a quicklink from www.nps.gov/glac. For more information, call the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at 406-888-5827 or Cyndi Smith, Conservation Biologist at Waterton, at 403-859-5137.
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Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.