Plant Invaders 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.
8:30a.m.-9:30a.m Travel to the park.
9:30-9:45 Meet park rangers at the Apgar Transit Center.
9:45-10:15 Students should be in groups of 3. There will be stations set up and 3-4 student groups will be at each station. Students will review information about non-native, invasive plants and their identification.
10:15-12:15p.m. Station groups will hike with their assigned rangers/volunteers to their monitoring site and collect data on percent cover of non-native, invasive plants.
12:15-12:45 Lunch and clean-up (lunch spot to be decided by ranger and teacher depending on which trail the students hike on).
12:45-1:30 Students pull weeds (mechanical treatment) if possible. Students must be signed up as volunteers in advance and have gloves. Ranger(s) review the educational objectives for the day.
1:30-1:45 Both classes meet back at the Apgar Transit Center (if others went on a different trail) and compare results. Final bathroom breaks and load up buses.
2:00 Bus leaves the park.
Did You Know?
Did you know that 2003 was one of the hottest recorded years in Glacier National Park's history? That year, approximately 144,000 acres burned from multiple wildfires.