Bear Creek Council

Bear Creek Council is based in Gardiner, Montana on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. We work closely with park rangers and local citizens to conserve and protect the integrity of our environment and community.

Local citizens started Bear Creek Council in 1983 when hard-rock mining was revived on the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, in Jardine on the banks of Bear Creek. Since that time, Bear Creek Council has worked to minimize the mine’s impact on the area, including monitoring its reclamation. Today, our projects include other resource issues affecting the Gardiner Basin.

Wildlife Tourism

The livelihoods of many Gardiner Basin residents depend on the wildlife in the area. Whether for tourism, research, or outfitting, the wolves, bison, bears, and other wildlife are a high priority to Bear Creek Council.

Greening Gardiner

Bear Creek Council has brought solar energy to the Gardiner Basin by putting 24 solar panels on the Gardiner School, leading solar workshops in the community, and doing a solar assessment of public buildings.

Community Fun​

For nearly 30 years Bear Creek Council has hosted the Jardine Ski Run, a cross country race on Mineral Hill, and now each year they also host an annual Holiday Party, highway clean ups, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and Earth Day outreach activities.

Bear Awareness Gardiner

Living at the entrance to Yellowstone means living with bears. Bear Awareness Gardiner has helped supply bear-resistant trash cans and bear safety education to residents in and around the north entrance to the park. Contact us if you would like a bear-resistant trash container!

Leadership

Chair

Nathan Varley

Vice Chair

Richard Parks

Secretary

Colette Daigle-Berg

Treasurer

Barbara Ulrich

Northern Plains Board Representative

Barbara Ulrich
Nathan Varley

Community Organizer

Living with Wildlife series

Bear Creek Council hosted a series of webinars in the Spring of 2021 on safety tips for living with wolves, cougars and bears.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS...

Check out these upcoming events in your area!​

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables and Orchard

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables..

Join us this summer on a Montana farm or ranch for a soil crawl! Come learn from innovative producers showcasing the practices and principles that help them generate healthy soil, resilient crops and animals, and good food!

07.09.22

Our Team

Michael Skinner

GNA Manager and Community Organizer

Jeanie Alderson, Birney

Past Chair

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

Kris Glenn, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

John Gayusky, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Joan Kresich, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Tom Heyneman, Fishtail

Affiliate Representatives- Stillwater Protective Association

Edward Barta, Billings

Vice-Chair & Affiliate Representatives - Stillwater Protective Association

Mic Smith, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

Norane Freistadt, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

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