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 National Park's 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. Limited presentations may be held in 2021. See Glacier's online event calendar for updated information.

In 2020, we created a new approach to learning about research and resource issues through an online "Science Fridays" video series. These short, interactive videos are posted on Glacier National Park's social media channels, and also found on the CCRLC youtube page. This summer, we're excited to bring you another great season of Science Friday videos! Follow Glacier National Park's social media channels to get notified about 2021 premiere dates. "See" you there!

Waterton-Glacier Science & History Day

Each summer, the CCRLC co-hosts 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.

Last year, Science & History Day went virtual to become Science & History Week, with a week of online presentations streamed live at lunchtime. We're thrilled to offer this virtual event again in 2021! This online event will take place September 13-16, 2021 using GoToMeeting video conferencing. Visit our Science & History Week page for more details on speakers, presentation dates and times, and how to register.

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.

The 2021 Noxious Weed Blitz is tenatively scheduled for July 22. For more information and to sign up, email us here.

Last updated: August 12, 2021