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. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our free weekly kids’ programs have been postponed. We are hopeful they will be able to resume with pre-reigstration and limited group sizes later in the year.
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 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Please note the change in schedule from past years. Only one session of camp will be offered per day from 9am,-1:30pm. Campers will bring a bagged lunch.
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.
Learn more about Girls on the Trail and register HERE.
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.