Work House- A Glacier National Park Science Education Program
Welcome to Work House, an education program developed in the 1980's and revised in the 1990's for use in the classroom and Glacier National Park. This program was written in cooperation with tribal members on the Blackfeet and Confederated Salish/Kootenai Reservations.
Work House consists of five interrelated tracks that focus on geological and biological succession while utilizing local Indian tribal heritage as a background. The five tracks in the program are:
Each track has a similar format. Work House includes cultural and scientific background information, traditional stories, classroom/park visit activities, and back in the classroom activities for use by program participants. (The classroom activities are generally written for upper elementary level students.)
When using this program, teachers should read the tribal information and the section titled The Way in the introduction section and then select a track to follow. Be sure to review the background and activities provided. It is not necessary to be familiar with the entire program to use individual tracks; however, an activity from another track may supplement the unit you are studying.
The Work House was originally designed with an activity kit that was available on the Blackfeet and Confederated Salish/Kootenai Reservations. However, the kits have not been updated and are generally not available. Fortunately, many of the activities can still be completed with materials obtained from other sources or with preparation on your own. Contact the Education Specialist for assistance if you are looking for specific materials.
View or download Work House by section.
View or download the entire Work House Program. (This is a large file and may take awhile to download.)
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.