Speaker Series

2021 GNPVA Winter Speaker Series – Online Events

Note: This page will be updated in late January and late February with registration links for the February and March presentations.


 

January 25, 2021: Sperry Chalet & Sprague Fire

 

On January 25th our presenter is Kevin Warrington, Sperry Chalet Coordinator.  Kevin has been running Sperry Chalet for 15 years and is the third generation of his family to operate the Glacier National Park chalet concession; Belton Chalets Inc.  Kevin runs Sperry Chalet and Granite Park Chalet in GNP. These very popular GNP Chalets are accessible only by trail and can be reserved for overnight stays. In addition to lodging for weary hikers, several interpretive multi-day workshops at both Chalets are available throughout the summer. The Sperry Chalet was lost in 2017 in the Sprague fire but was rebuilt and re-opened last year. Kevin will talk about this tough time in the park in his talk: “Sperry Chalet and the Sprague Fire: Before, During, and After”. His talk will include a photo slide show and an inside view of the fire and the restoration of Sperry Chalet.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Sperry Chalet

 


 

February 22, 2021: Glacier’s Historic Wooden Boats

 

On February 22, James Hackethorn from the Glacier Park Boat Company will present “Glacier’s Historic Wooden Boats: Maintaining and sharing these living artifacts with park visitors for generations to come”. James is the HR and Interpretation Manager for Glacier Park Boat Company. He has been with the family-owned business since 2003. James is a graduate of the University of Montana and holds a Masters in History from New Mexico State University. Some of his recent work has been the successful nomination of four historic boats in Glacier National Park to the National Register of Historic Places. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Columbia Falls.

 

Registration for this presentation will be available after January 25th.

 

 

Glacier Park Boat Company

 


 

March 22, 2021: Glacier National Park Operations Update

 

Our final presentation on March 22 will feature Jeff Mow, Superintendent of Glacier National Park. Jeff Mow became the 22nd Superintendent of Glacier National Park in August 2013. A 31-year veteran of the National Park Service, Mow served 21 of those years in Alaska at various parks including Kenai Fjords, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic. Mow studied environmental education at Carleton College and geology at the University of Michigan. He has served as Rotary Club President, Mayor of Alaska’s smallest incorporated city, and community EMT and volunteer firefighter. Mow and his family enjoy a variety of winter activities and in the “off-season” they appreciate the hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities Montana offers. Jeff will talk about park operations as they relate to the recent challenges for GNP; park attendance, the pandemic, recent devastating fires, and the new normal of extreme conditions in the park.

 

Registration for this presentation will be available after February 22nd.

 

 

Glacier National Park