• Mt Reynolds


    National Park Montana

Earth Science Field Trip Schedule

Flexibility for weather conditions, bus problems, etc…is essential to having an enjoyable visit to the park. No two school programs are exactly alike, but the following schedule represents a typical trip.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Travel to the Park
Simple assignments can be completed by seatmates or individuals during this time. Point out sights along the way that relate to the park story such as mountain uplifting, glacially carved valleys or mountain passes, plant communities, river crossings, and canyon formations. You may also want to review vocabulary words or ecological concepts.

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Meet Park Rangers at Trailhead
After a brief welcome by the park rangers to Glacier National Park, the ranger(s) will talk with the chaperones and teacher(s) about the schedule for the day, and then the students will take a bathroom break.

9:45 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Hike and Ranger-Led Activities
Rangers will use the resources along the trails to involve students in learning about mountain building, glaciation, erosion, weathering and other earth science concepts.

Noon - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Clean-Up

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Return Hike

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Bathroom Break and Concluding Activities
Ranger(s) review the educational objectives for the day and engage all of the students in a fun activity to assess their learning.

2:00 p.m. - Bus Leaves the Park

Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

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.