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This morning at approximately 10 a.m. a mother and her two children from Bakersfield, California, were recognized as representatives of the 100th million visitor to Glacier National Park.
According to park visitation statistics since 1911, a year after the park was established, the park has hosted 100 million visitors this month.
Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said, “We are celebrating 100 million visitors to Glacier National Park and more importantly we are celebrating and engaging the next generation to the park.” He said, “We are pleased to celebrate this milestone with 14-year-old Pierce and 10-year-old Gretchen and their Mother Becky. These kids represent the future, and upcoming stewards of Glacier National Park and other national parks, and all public lands.”
The visitors were selected as they entered the west entrance station and were escorted by park ranger vehicles to the Apgar Visitor Center. At the visitor center Superintendent Mow introduced the special visitors and spoke briefly about the significance of the event as it relates to the history and the future of the park. Refreshments were served prior to Pierce, Gretchen and Becky boarding a iconic red bus for a complimentary trip to Logan Pass for a picnic lunch.
As the representative visitors, they received an assortment of gifts and gift certificates donated from the park’s official partners Glacier National Park Conservancy, Glacier Institute and Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates, as well as the park concessioners Belton Chalets, Inc., Glacier Boat Company, Glacier Guides Inc., Glacier National Park Lodges, and Swan Mountain Outfitters.