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. Due to increased popularity we are no longer able to accommodate drop-offs at our free kids’ education programs.
We are planning to resume free kids’ programs in June 2021. As we reintroduce in-person programs, WLP is committed to keeping our participants healthy and slowing the spread of Covid-19. Pre-registration will be required for all education programs, group sizes will be limited, and we will implement numerous health protocols.
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!
Space is limited and preregistration is required.
Please note, this year we are only hold one session of camp a day from 9am-1:30pm. Campers will bring a bagged lunch.
Week 1: August 2-5 (Monday-Thursday) 9am-1:30pm **WEEK 1 IS FULL, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST**
Week 2: August 9-12 (Monday-Thursday 9am-1:30pm **WEEK 2 IS FULL, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST**
Cost is $40/week for WT Friends & Families or $160/week for non-WT Friends & Families.
Girls on the Trail
Girls on the Trail is a collaboration between Whitefish Legacy Partners and community partners to bring teenage girls ages 12-15 out on the Whitefish Trail through a series of mountain biking, hiking, and volunteer events. Girls on the Trail provide teenage girls in the Flathead Valley an opportunity to find their own love of mountain biking, their own appreciation of trails and open lands, and their own strength through hard work and mentorship.
The program is free and registration is required. Participants are asked to attend all four days.
JULY 12-15 12pm to 5pm
**Drop-off and pick-up will be at several Whitefish Trail trailheads. We plan to keep them as close to town as possible.
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 snow science and avalanche safety, and third graders come in the early spring to learn about the water cycle.