New Glacier Institute director navigating park closure, uncertain summer

When Anthony Nelson was a kid growing up in Minnesota, he already knew he wanted to retire in Northwest Montana near Glacier National Park.

“I was one of those kids who always visited every summer,” Nelson said, and through those trips he fell in love with the Glacier Park and the surrounding area. On guided tours in the park, Nelson said he and his brother were “the annoying ones” who “always asked the tour guide a million questions.”

But sooner than he ever expected, Nelson’s career brought him back to Northwest Montana and into a role where he oversees outdoor education for children and adults alike. He was hired as the new executive director for the Glacier Institute in January after serving on the Institute’s board.