Winter Ecology Field Trip (Grades 1 to 2)
Summary: Students will conduct a simple snow experiment, create a group model showing the influence of the sun on the earth and why we have seasons, view a puppet show of how animals in Glacier survive winter, and take a short snowshoe hike to a beaver lodge with stops to investigate animal signs & snow characteristics.
Objectives (Students will be able to do some or all of these depending on grade level and weather conditions):
Montana Content and Performance Standards:
MT.SCI.K-12.1 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate results and reasonable conclusions of scientific investigations.
MT.SCI.K-12.3 Students, through the inquiry process, 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:
Glacier National Park protects habitat for plants and animals and preserves natural processes such as seasonal changes. Glacier also provides an undisturbed location to study winter ecology – the interrelationships of living things with their environment during winter.
Field Trip Logistics:
Maximum group size for snowshoe hikes is 46 students. Students will stay together as one class for the introductory and closing activities. Large groups will be divided into 2 smaller groups (23 students each) for the ranger-led hikes, with one ranger leading each group.
Did You Know?
In 1976, Glacier National Park was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve. This designation recognizes Glacier’s intact ecosystem as a valuable place for sound research and education to take place in a sustainable manner.