Glacier Institute offers “Cycling for Slides”

Published: May 11, 2010

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The Glacier Institute offers a course titled "Cycling for Slides" on Sunday, May 23. Participants will travel from Avalanche Creek to Logan Creek (8 miles round trip) or perhaps the Loop (15 miles round trip) via bicycles, stopping often to observe and discuss the dynamics of avalanche slide paths and their ecological role in the landscape.

Avalanche slide paths along the Going-to-the-Sun Road provide key late-Spring ecological niches for early season foragers, grazers and opportunists: deer, elk and grizzly bear. Avalanche occurrence and dynamics are a function of terrain, weather, snowpack and a triggering mechanism.

Instructor Paul Rappaport earned his MS in Geology from the University of Maine, with a focus on Glacial Geology and Quaternary Studies. Rappaport has conducted research in Antarctica and Scandinavia, and has traveled slowly through glaciated landscapes in Alaska, The Yukon and New Zealand by bicycle for months on end. He brings more than 15 years of formal teaching and private consulting experience to the Glacier Institute.

Register for the "Cycling for Slides" course or request a complete catalog by calling 406-755-1211 or online at www.glacierinstitute.org. The "Cycling for Slides" course is rated at "easy" and is suitable for ages 12 and up. The fee is $65. Teachers may apply for 8 OPI continuing education credits upon completing this course.

Other offerings in the Glacier Institute's Centennial Series include Bears in Many Glacier, June 4-6, the "Natural and Cultural History of the Many Glacier Valley," June 14-15 and "Riding the Rails," June 30.

The Glacier Institute serves adults and children as an educational leader in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem with Glacier National Park at its center. Emphasizing outreach and field based learning experiences; the non-profit Institute provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area's ecology and its interaction with people. Marking its 27th year of educational programs, the Glacier Institute is a long-time partner with Glacier National Park, the Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Flathead Valley Community College. The Institute offers family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs.

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