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

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

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

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

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!

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Leadership

President
Nathan Varley

Vice President
Sabina Strauss

Secretary
Debbie Shepherd

Treasurer
Leo Leckie

Northern Plains Board Representatives
Nathan Varley

Northern Plains Field Organizer
Makenna Sellers (406) 248-1154