Interview with Michelle Peterson, East Glacier Park Elementary Teacher – Winter Ecology School Program.
Through the support of individuals and businesses, we are engaging tomorrow’s stewards in classrooms across Montana, and bringing local children to Glacier National Park for hands-on educational experiences.
The Winter Ecology School Program works on many different levels. It provides essential K-12 access to Glacier and establishes a career track for young adults interested in environmental education and future careers with Glacier National Park by providing paid internships. Five of the past winter interns participating in the Ecology Program now work in the Park as seasonal interpreters.
As a major component of our overall education program, the Winter Ecology Program is a cornerstone helping local students form lasting bonds and a greater understanding of Glacier National Park. It is meaningful because it provides access to local students, many of whom may not otherwise have access to the Park, with a connection to the natural resources and ecological processes of Glacier National Park. Annually, the program connects over 2,800 local students and teachers from 32 different schools to the Park. Most of the students who participate come from traditionally under-served schools, rural school districts and schools on the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations. They especially appreciate the opportunity to experience our national treasure.
Without the visionary support of our supporters, Michelle’s story and the legacy it leaves for her students would not be possible. Join us in our promise to invest in the stewards of tomorrow! Visit our Donations Page and be part of Glacier’s Call to Action.