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Glacier National Park’s Partners
Glacier National Park works with partners not only to get work done, but also to foster a shared sense of stewardship that is so crucial for the future. Partnerships lead to involvement. Involvement leads to awareness. Awareness leads to action. Action leads to stewardship.
Each official park partner has a distinct role. Their work helps support the NPS mission through the following shared goals: visitor enjoyment; education and learning experiences; stewardship of natural, historic, and cultural resources and heritage, and preservation of the park for future generations.
The Association operates non-profit bookstores to support Glacier National Park's interpretation and education activities and programs. It serves as an official park partner specializing in educational and interpretive materials.
The Glacier Association does not actively fundraise, but provides Aid to Agency funding to Glacier National Park in three areas: education, interpretation, and research. Aid supports the printing of free publications developed by the park, Native America Speaks performer stipends (ticket sales go toward initiative), and the park’s Museum.
The Institute provides field-based in depth learning experiences to the public and serves as an official park partner specializing in field seminars. Glacier Institute fundraises for youth programs which take place at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center located in Flathead National Forest. Glacier Institute does not conduct fundraising for National Park Service projects, but will occasionally solicit funds for building maintenance and enhancements of the Field Camp site within the park. Glacier Institute’s income sources include tuition, donations, memberships, and grants.
Glacier National Park Associates
The Associates donate money, goods, and voluntary services to Glacier National Park and serves as an official park partner specializing in volunteer services. Glacier National Park Associates fundraises for and donates funds to the park in support of a backcountry ranger intern, backcountry preservation projects, stipends for High School interns who work in the park’s native plant nursery, and other projects identified by the park related to trails, historic buildings, and research projects.
The Fund conducts fundraising activities and provides financial support to Glacier National Park and serves as an official park partner specializing in philanthropy. The GNPF supports park projects, programs, and services in four areas:
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.