Collage of researchers; harlequin duck stands on rock, staff study plant plots, and videographer films harlequin ducks.
A variety of research is conducted within Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The CCRLC coordinates brown bags and other events to share this research with park staff and the public.

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The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) provides a variety of opportunities to learn about research, history, and resource issues happening within Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks.

Current information about all of the CCRLC's events and programs, as well as park-wide special events, can be found on Glacier's park calendar.

Brown Bag Presentations

Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the CCRLC offers brown bag presentations that provide information on current research, resource topics, and history to park staff and the public. The CCRLC typically hosts brown bag presentations from April through October at the West Glacier Community Building. To find our current listings, visit Glacier's park calendar.

Science & History Day

Each summer, the CCRLC helps to coordinate Science & History Day, a special all-day program highlighting science and history in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This event brings together scientists and historians conducting research in Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks, giving them an opportunity to share their insights and research results with the general public. The location of this event alternates between the two parks on an annual basis.

Topics for last year's program included changing landscapes in Glacier's alpine, threats to meltwater stoneflies and other rare alpine insects, the history of West Glacier's fire hose tower, grizzly bear ancestry, and much more! This year, Science & History Day will take place on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at the Falls Interpretive Theatre in Waterton Lakes National Park. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. For detailed information, view the full schedule of speakers and session times.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the one hour break. For more information, contact the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at 406-888-7863.

Noxious Weed Blitz

In 2010, Glacier National Park's Citizen Science Program began partnering with Glacier's Invasive Plant Program to put on an annual noxious weed blitz. Participants spend the morning learning how to identify five targeted invasive plant species as well as learn how these species are harming our ecosystem. After lunch, staff and volunteers head out to "weed infested" areas to pull noxious weeds.

This year marks the ninth year for Glacier National Park's Noxious Weed Blitz! The event is on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the West Glacier Community Building, located in park headquarters. Participants are asked to bring gloves for hand pulling, hiking footwear, and plenty of drinking water. Glacier National Park Conservancy will provide a free lunch for all attendees.

For more information and to register, contact 406-888-7986 or email us.

Last updated: July 18, 2018