Learning Center

Summit Nature Center

The Forest Service Summit  Nature Center is located in the lower level of the Summit House on top of Big Mountain at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana.

The center first opened in 1990 and today over 16,000 annual visitors enjoy center displays and hands-on activities.  During the summer there are daily wildflower, nature walks and families can check out an “Adventure Pack” filled with field guides and materials for fun outdoor exploring.  Kids ages 7-12 can participate in the Junior Forest Ranger program. For summer 2018, the nature center will be open daily, 10am to 5pm, June 17 through Labor Day, September 3.

Group of young students gather on the snow with Forest Service guide to look at trackDuring the winter the center is open over the holidays and weekends January through mid-March from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Jr. Snow Ranger program for kids 10-12.

During the week school groups strap on snowshoes to explore the winter environment.  Younger grades learn how people and animals adapt to winter. Older grades learn how to enjoy the cold and snow and yet stay safe, learning about avalanches and ways to properly gear up for winter adventure.