Pre- and Post-Visit: Earth Science
Students that have spent time preparing for their visit to Glacier National Park get more out of a field trip to the park. Activities post-visit also help to reinforce information learned during the trip.
The following are some of our suggested pre-visit activities, as well as supplementary materials that may aid in preparing for your trip.
Upper Elementary Classroom Activities
Additional Upper Elementary Activities from the Fall and Spring Teacher's Guide (pdf) - this is a large file and may take time to download
Computers and Technology (4-12th grades)
Indian Education for All (4th-12th grades)
Upper elementary level activities on "Mountains and Mountain Building" and "Glaciers and Glaciation" are available from the Work House - A Glacier National Park Science Education Program written in cooperation with tribal members on the Blackfeet and Confederated Salish/Kootenai Reservations.
Liz Gravelle, an honored elder of the Ktunaxa First Nation, speaks about a volcanic eruption in her native language. It's believed that the eruption she is talking about is of Mount Mazama (now Crater Lake National Park in Oregon) which erupted in about 7700 BP.
Ash from this eruption has been found in the soils along the Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park. Imagine what an earth changing event that erruption was for the people living here for the ash to have travelled all this way!
You can view the video of Liz telling the story in her own language from the National Parks Conservation Association Magazine Multi-Media link.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.