Glacier Teacher's Guide
Glacier is a center-piece of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (COCE), a vibrant, functional ecosystem. It will remain so provided the all of us who treasure this place are willing to do three things. First we must make ourselves aware of the ecological processes that govern this ecosystem and humankind's impact on those processes. Second, we must be concerned about maintaining the health of this ecosystem, and third, we must translate our concerns into beneficial actions. The lessons in this guide were written to help facilitate these three steps.
The different lessons provide explanations and insight into the significant resources protected in Glacier: wilderness, biodiversity, Native American cultural sites, geology, the International Peace Park vision, as well as 19th/20th century cultural resources. To acquaint yourself with the park and for background information peruse the Resource Guide, then delve into the the lessons.
The essence of the Glacier Teacher's Guide is captured in the story of Pluie the wolf. Connections like those shown in Pluie's journey are the focus of the guide. The connections are not just biological. They are also economic, political, cultural and spiritual.
Thank you for engaging your students in the significance and resources of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
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.