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

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.

Most programs are geared toward kids ages 5-10.

Forest Critters: June 16 10am-12pm

Clay Day: June 22 10am-12pm

Painting from Nature: June 28 10am-12pm

Fairy Houses: July 6 10am-12pm

Tots on the Trail with Whitefish Community Library: July 25 10am-12pm

Nature Creations: July 21 10am-12pm

Nature Scavenger Hunt: July 26 10am-12pm

Registration is required for all education programs and group sizes will be limited. Registration for each event will open 2 weeks prior to the event.

Free Kids’ Program Schedule & Registration

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.

Space is limited and Registration is required.

Week 1: August 1-4 (Monday-Thursday) 9am-1:30pm. **Week 1 IS FULL- YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST**

Week 2: August 8-11(Monday-Thursday 9am-1:30pm. **Week 2 IS FULL- YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST**

NEW THIS YEAR: Because we have a limited number of spots and want to be able to serve as many families as possible, for the first month of registration we will be limiting each participant to one week of camp. On May 1 if there are still open spots, we will allow you to register for a second week.

Cost is $60 per week. Scholarships are available! If the registration fee is a barrier for you or your family, please contact margosia@whitefishlegacy.org to request a partial or full scholarship.

If you are signing up for the waitlist, you do not need to pay now. If a spot opens up for you, we will contact you for payment.

Register for Forest Explorers

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.

Space is limited and Reregistration is required.

July 11-14 12-5pm. **GIRLS ON THE TRAIL IS FULL- YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST**

Cost is $60 per week. Scholarships are available! If the registration fee is a barrier for you or your family, please contact margosia@whitefishlegacy.org to request a partial or full scholarship.

Register for Girls on the Trail

**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.