Fire Ecology Field Trip
Grades: 4-6 (can be modified for older students as a fire management program)
Summary: Students participate in an introduction at Apgar and then travel to a 2 mile long (round-trip) trail to hike with a ranger. There will be stops at various points along the trail to do activities or discuss something that they see in the forest.
How to Dress for the Fire Ecology Field Trip (permission slip courtesy of J. Summerscales, Columbia Falls Jr. High)
Objectives: (These are examples of some of the objectives that can be achieved on a fire walk. Many others are possible depending on the 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."
10.54.5030 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."
10.54.5040 Science Standard 4= "…demonstrate knowledge of the composition, structures, processes, and interactions of earth's systems and other objects in space."
Making Connections to Glacier National Park:
One of the reasons Glacier National Park was established was to preserve the natural processes and the biological diversity (variety of plants and animals) that live here.
Field Trip Logistics:
Teachers wishing to have their students participate in the fire ecology field trip should plan to arrive in the park by 9:30 - 10 a.m. and stay until 1:30 - 2 p.m. Everyone must be prepared to be outside all day and ready to hike 2 miles on fairly level terrain.
Did You Know?
Glacier National park was named for the glaciers that carved, sculpted, and formed this landscape millions of years ago. Despite the recession of current glaciers, the park's name will not change when the glaciers are gone.