Glacier Institute fundraising for potential nature center

The Glacier Institute is looking to raise roughly $2.5 million for the purchase of a 142-acre tract of land in Columbia Heights that could potentially become home to a nature center.

Institute officials announced June 29 that they were eyeing property along U.S. 2 just east of Columbia Falls and the Flathead River to potentially build the center, which would include trails, medicinal gardens, indoor and outdoor classrooms, nature viewing boardwalks and more. The Glacier Institute is the official educational partner for Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest.

The idea to open a nature center between Columbia Falls and West Glacier was outlined in the organization’s 2021 strategic plan. Executive Director Anthony Nelson said in a statement that the organization didn’t expect to start pursuing the project for a few years, but the property “fell into their laps.”  Read More

Anyone interested in learning more about the nature center proposal can contact Nelson at 406-755-1211 or email

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