Learning Center

Woodsy Owl stands with young girlDiscover more about your national forest through our Conservation Education Program.
Learn about the resources available to teachers, families and students to help you explore your public lands and use the forest as an outdoor classroom. 

The Forest Service Conservation Education Program helps people of all ages understand and appreciate our country's natural resources -- and learn how to conserve those resources for future generations. Through formal and non-formal educational activities and experiences, you can investigate how natural resources and ecosystems affect each other -- looking at the connections between people and the land and how resources can be used wisely.

The Forest Service teams up with many different partners to provide quality programs and materials. 

To learn more about the Flathead National Forest Conservation Education Program, contact Teresa Wenum, Conservation Education Specialist at 406/758-5218.


Summit Nature Center

Ranger greets family inside the nature center

The center is closed for the 2020-2021 winter season. Click here to explore virtual learning opportunities.

The center is a partnership with the Whitefish Mountain Resort that offers a fun place for families with plenty of hands-on discovery. Located at the resort on the top of Big Mountain, visitors get to the center by hiking the popular Danny On Trail or riding the scenic chairlift. The center is open seven days a week through the summer and on weekends during the winter.  Come check out the Junior Forest Ranger Program for kids ages 7-12 and Junior Snow Ranger Programs for kids ages 10-12.