Exploring Habitats Field Trip
Summary: Students will participate in ranger-led activities at the Discovery Cabin, in the forest next to the cabin, and take a 1.5 mile hike along the Oxbow Trail.
Objectives: (These are some of the objectives that can be achieved on an Exploring Habitats program. Many others are possible depending on teacher's focus and the ranger).
Students will be able to:
Montana Content and Performance Standards:
10.54.5010 Science Standard 1= Design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate scientific investigations.
10.54.5020 Science Standard 2= Demonstrate knowledge of properties, forms, changes, and interactions of physical and chemical systems.
10.54.5030 Science Standard 3=Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.
Making Connections to Glacier National Park:
One of the reasons Glacier National Park was established was to preserve habitat as well as the natural processes and the biological diversity (variety of plants and animals) within habitats.
Field Trip Logistics:
Teachers wishing to have their students participate in the habitat field trip must have their classes divided into groups of approximately 20 students. For example, a bus of 45 - 60 students would be divided into 2-3 groups, of 15-20 students each.
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.