4-6, Unit Six:"Skyscrapers: Cities in the Old Growth Forest"
Introduction & Teacher Background
This unit includes classroom activities and includes a trip to the Trail of the Cedars, located approximately 14 miles from the Apgar Visitor Center along the Going To The Sun Road. (Canadian teachers unable to visit the U. S. for the day should check with the Waterton Lakes interpretive division for a substitute trip west of Waterton.) Students will walk the 1/2 mile long Trail of the Cedars, exploring the varied and abundant life forms that make up an old growth forest. Decomposition and the many organisms involved will be examined closely. The following material provides the teacher with background information and activity suggestions. More...
Activity 1: Mature Forest Mime
Activity 2: Trees: the Inside Story
Activity 3: Old Growth Forest Mural
Activity 4: Eco-enrichers
Activity 5: Build a Tree
Activity 6: Up the Down Tree House
Activity 7: Forest Poetry
Activity 8: Meet a Tree
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.