If you’ve ever seen Montana’s wild side then you already know how easy it is to fall in love with the massive and lush expanse of rugged peaks, alpine lakes, meadows filled with streams, big river valleys, and a towering and impressive coniferous forest. It is literally a natural wonderland, one of the most beautiful and pristine places left in the lower 48. The Bob Marshall Wilderness is officially a congressionally designated wilderness area, a U.S. Forest Service managed million acre area first set aside in 1964. Located in Western Montana, this area was named after an early, highly influential forester, conservationist, and co-founder of the popular foundation the Wilderness Society.
The entire park area is a total of 1.5 million acres, all considered to be a part of the Flathead National Forest though there are three different main areas within: Bob Marshall, Great Bear, and Scapegoat. This wilderness complex is considered to be the third largest in the continental U.S., housing four separate national forests and five different ranger districts. Not only is it impressive in size, but also in content, the land itself being one of the most comprehensively preserved mountain ecosystems in the world.
It’s really easy to volunteer here, and they welcome groups of any sizes and guests of all ages. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation promotes several yearly volunteer vacations, each filled with opportunities to get close to nature and observe the local wildlife while helping build and maintain trails. Like the foundation says, this experience is great for anyone, "from the first time camper to the lifelong visitor lending a hand to stewardship."