The Whitefish Trail offers a variety of natural interpretive programs and outdoor recreation activities for youth designed to bring students and nature together while increasing awareness of the natural world. The importance of children spending time in nature cannot be over emphasized – not only does it lead to positive impacts on health and well-being, it also greatly increases the development of life-long environmental awareness
Kid’s Summer Programs
WLP hosts a series of FREE family-friendly guided hikes on the Whitefish Trail and children’s programs at the Whitefish Trail Learning Pavilion. Guided hike topics include a spring wildflowers hike, bird watching, mushroom identification and forest discovery. Youth specific hikes will include nature photography, field sketching, nature art, insects, and forest exploration.
Forest Explorers Camps
Wrap up summer by exploring on the Whitefish Trail! These four day youth camps for children ages 6-10 include hiking, lessons in natural history, interactive games and art activities at the WT Learning Pavilion. Limited space is available and pre-registration is required. Sign up for one week or both!
Bear Discovery August 14-17, Monday-Thursday. Morning session: 9am-12pm (full). Afternoon session: 1pm-4pm
Furry Felines August 21-24, Monday-Thursday. Morning session: 9am-12pm (full). Afternoon session: 1pm-4pm
Nature in Focus Photography Program
Join us for the Nature in Focus Program, introducing youth to outdoor photography. Open to students ages 12‐18, the Nature in Focus workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands‐on demonstrations and constructive feedback. Each workshop takes place on the Whitefish Trail and is led by a local professional photographer, and WT naturalist, Kim Corette. The program culminates with an optional Whitefish Trail Youth Photography Contest. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Come for one workshop or come for all!
Youth Photography Contest
Explore the Whitefish Trail through through a camera lens and submit your favorite photos for a chance to win cash prizes and get published in the Whitefish Pilot. Professional photographers and artists will judge entries with three cash prize winners and three honorable mentions. Click below for contest rules and registration information.
School Field Trips
WLP’s Goals are to provide relevant school curriculum programs, encourage outdoor education and increase awareness of the Whitefish Trail. Annual field trips are coordinated with Whitefish School District. Freshman visit the trail in early spring and learn about trail maintenance, fitness and forestry. Sixth graders explore the trail in fall and winter to study watershed and snow science and third graders come in the early spring to learn about the water cycle.
Stumptown Summer Camp Field Trips
In partnership with the City of Whitefish’s summer day camp program, Whitefish Legacy Partners provides an annual Forest Exploration Series for 5-8 year olds at Whitefish Middle School. These morning programs focus on local flora and fauna including loons, bears, bats, birds and native trees.
The series culminates with two field trips on the Whitefish Trail that include hiking, games, hands on activities and art projects exploring native plants, bears, orienteering, insects, and predator and prey.