Affiliated National Park Units

Scene of Grant-Kohrs Ranch; NPS Grant-Kohrs Ranch
National Historic Site

Wide open spaces, the hard-working cowboy, his spirited cow pony, and vast herds of cattle are among the strongest symbols of the American West. Once the headquarters of a 10 million acre cattle empire, Grant-Kohrs Ranch is a working cattle ranch that preserves these symbols and commemorates the role of cattlemen in American history.

Little Bighorn Battlefield; NPS Little Bighorn Battlefield
National Monument

In 1876, 263 soldiers and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer, met death at the hands of several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors in one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians in their struggle to preserve their way of life.

Waterton National Park; Parks Canada Waterton Lakes National Park
Rugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grassland in spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park. Here, several different ecological regions meet and interact in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, flooding, and abundant plants and wildlife. The park helps to protect the unique and unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources found here.

Active Partners

Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)
The Rocky Mountain CESU has provided seed money for CCRLC projects and is an important partner in identifying researchers that can address park needs.

National Park Service Research Learning Center Network (RLC)
Research Learning Centers have been developed to promote research and scientific understanding and provide educational opportunities in our national parks. They are places where science and education come together to preserve and protect areas of national significance. The CCRLC partners with other RLCs on a variety of projects.

Glacier National Park Conservancy
The Glacier National Park Conservancy The Glacier National Park Conservancy assures the Glacier National Park experience by providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach. They have funded a variety of programs and interpretive media for the CCRLC.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Glacier Field Station
US Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS scientists stationed in Glacier National Park are key CCRLC partners. Several collaborative projects are described in the 2003 Annual Report.

Salish-Kootenai College (SKC)
Polson, MT
SKC is an educational partner with which the CCRLC is developing curricula and internship opportunities for students to develop skill in the use of geospatial technologies for management of protected lands.

Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium (COCEEC)
COCEEC brings a bioregional focus to education in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem and actively develops materials and resources used by the CCRLC to disseminate information about the park and surrounding region to others partners, collaborators, and the public.

Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE)
CORE is a network of individuals and organizations working together to increase awareness and understanding about the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Flathead Region.

Continental Divide Research and Learning Center
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
The Continental Divide and Crown of the Continent Research Learning Centers both serve the Intermountain Region for the NPS, maintaining close communication on research and educational strategies and providing a forum through which the two parks can develop and maintain broader regional perspectives.

Rocky Mountain Inventory & Monitoring Network (ROMN)
ROMN is one of 32 vital signs monitoring networks across the National Park Serivce (NPS). Its purpose it to work with six NPS units within the Rocky Mountain region to provide scientifically credible, long-term ecological information for natural resource protection and management. This is accomplished by inventorying natural resources and monitoring vital signs of ecosystem health in each NPS unit and sharing that information within the network, the Intermountain Region, and larger I&M Program.

Flathead Lake Biological Research Station (FLBS)
Yellow Bay, MT
Research scientists at FLBS are currently collaborating with the CCRLC on several research topics of interest to park managers. They have participated in CCRLC roundtable discussions and we are partnering on research applications proposals to solicit funds to support joint efforts to develop decision support tools for park managers.

NASA Earth to Sky
Earth to Sky is an innovative partnership between NASA's Space and Earth Science disciplines and the National Park Service (NPS). Their purpose is to actively foster collaborative work between the scientific and interpretation/education communities of NPS and NASA, with the ultimate goal of enriching the experiences of millions of park visitors.

Environmental Protection Agency Climate Friendly Parks Program
Washington, DC
This partnership combines the EPA's global change educational activities with the National Park Service's sustainability efforts.

National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis (NCLFA)
University of Montana
The NCLFA develops research applications to improve fire and fuels management at the landscape scale using remote sensing and GIS tools. The group is very interested in working with Glacier National Park fire specialists and managers. This partnership will help to provide park fire and natural resource managers with enhanced decision-making tools toward fire prediction, incident response, risk analysis, prescribed burns, and ecosystem restoration efforts.

If you have a partnership opportunity, please contact the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center.