Glacier National Park

A Love Note to Glacier National Park

Ava Rivera is an 11th grader at Jefferson High School in Boulder, Montana.

Glacier National Park will always hold a special place in my heart. My dad recently retired from the military after being in it for my entire life. I had become accustomed to moving to a different area every year — so finding places that really felt like home was a rare thing. After my dad retired we settled down and that’s when I went to Glacier for the first time. I vividly remember seeing it and just being in awe of how beautiful it is.

We often see bear, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. I remember the exact feeling of driving over the pass for the first time and having my mind opened to the beauty of nature.

Over the years, I’ve returned to the park with family and friends. No matter how much time has passed, the feeling of awe remains the same. It’s recognizable and constant and it feels like home to me. The memories, good times, and experiences I’ve had there are invaluable and I couldn’t be more grateful to you, Glacier National Park.

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This essay was part of an assignment for students in Anne Jolliff’s outdoor literature class at Jefferson High School in Boulder, Montana. We’ll be featuring essays from her class all week.

Would you like to write about public lands that you cherish? Please email Mary Jo Brooks at brooksm@nwf.org for guidelines. You’ll get a cool “public lands lover” sticker as a thank you.

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