Glacier National Park Student Photography Project

Glacier National Park and the National Park Foundation collaborated to host conservation-based photography projects for local underserved middle schoolers.

With the help of an America's Best Idea Grant, Glacier National Park worked with underserved, rural students from two schools on the Blackfeet Reservation. Students were taken on field trips to Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest with education rangers and Glacier Institute staff.

The project engaged youth in a new way by providing the video equipment and computer software to create short movies about their field trips. It connected to other federal lands and community partners by providing an overnight, residential experience at Glacier Institute's Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, in Flathead National Forest, along the park's western border.

Students were exposed to the habitats and ecosystems west of the Continental Divide. At Big Creek, they learned about the differences between the management of the national forest and national park lands.

The project participants themselves helped expand and sustain the project by showing how they connected with public lands and sharing their experiences and their movies with other Blackfeet Reservation schools. The students showcased their videos and what they learned to their families and communities at an open house at the end of the project. Teachers, students, and rangers were able to re-purpose the equipment and ideas and training into other similar video/movie projects focused on student connections to Glacier National Park.