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.

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 2023 Noxious Weed Blitz is scheduled for July 18 in West Glacier. For more information and to sign up, email us here.

Nocturnal Pollinator Bioblitz

Glacier faces a critical knowledge gap regarding the diversity and vulnerability of our nocturnal pollinators (i.e moths, nocturnal bees, flies). These fascinating creatures are critical to the success of many of our rare plants and provide a major fat-rich food source for some our most beloved species (e.g. the grizzly bear). We will host a BioBlitz to discover, identify and catalog the rich variety of species that call our Dark Sky Park home.

The 2023 Nocturnal Pollinator Bioblitz is scheduled for July 29 in West Glacier. For more information and to sign up, email us here.

Waterton-Glacier Science & History Week

Each summer, the CCRLC co-hosts Science & History Week, a week of online presentations streamed live at lunchtime 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.

This online event will take place October 3-6, 2023. Visit our Science & History Week page for more details on speakers, presentation dates and times, and how to register.

Hawk Watch Open House

Park biologists will teach volunteers how to identify and count migrating raptors. Educators from Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center will also be on site with live raptors to provide close-up looks at some of the raptor species that migrate past Mount Brown.

The 2023 Hawk Watch Open House is scheduled for October 14 at Lake McDonald Lodge.

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 2023. See Glacier's online event calendar for updated information.

Glacier Science Videos

In 2020, we created a new approach to learning about research and resource issues through an online "Glacier Science 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 Glacier Science Videos! Follow Glacier National Park's social media channels to get notified about 2022 premiere dates. "See" you there!

Last updated: August 30, 2023