The Town of Glacier Run
Designed as a former gold mining town on the edge of the arctic wilderness Glacier Run is based on the notion that humankind and nature must find ways to co-exist.
Visitors strolling down the main street of town will have many opportunities to immerse themselves in the experiences of life on the tundra and learn about conservation. Zoo guests are encouraged to stop and talk with the keepers who care for the amazing animals in Glacier Run and to enjoy one or more of the exciting and educational training demonstrations presented each day.
In addition to many viewing portals into the animal habitats, the town of Glacier Run also includes:
Polar Bear Crossing (Bear Walk)
Bears move from one side of the exhibit to the other across an overhead transfer chute designed to look like a mine track. For visitors this close proximity to the bears will help create the sense of being temporarily immersed in this unusual town.
Bear Alley (loading dock)
A truck has pulled up to the loading dock of the general store in town. Guests can sit in the truck cab while bears rummage around in the bed of the truck, separated by a glass barrier of course. Items that appear at first glance to be trash on the loading docks are actually enrichment items for the bears.
The School House
The Old School House in Glacier Run has a multitude of uses. During the day students will utilize the facility for hands-on, minds-on interactive learning experiences. A look outside the nose-to-nose with polar bears, and arctic themed curriculum will help them understand the impact that global climate change is having on our planet. In the evenings the school can be rented for after hours events and meetings – or used for Zoo overnights.