Youth Programs

youth-programs-1The 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


Due to uncertainty with the COVID-19 outbreak we are delaying launching our 2020 education program schedule.  We are following public health and safety recommendations and hope to begin education programs in mid to late May.  To see the schedule as it is released, sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook.

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.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

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!

2020 Forest Explorers Camp is tentatively scheduled for August 3-6 and August 10-13.  This year we will only be offering one morning camp session per day, with increased capacity from past years.  We plan to be open camp registration in April as public health and safety recommendations become clear.

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.

2020 Girls on the Trail is tentatively scheduled for July 13-16.  We plan to be open registration in April as public health and safety recommendations become clear.

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.