Winter Ecology Field Trip (Grades 3 to 5)
Summary: Students will explore the physical properties of snow completing tasks at 4-6 snow stations. They will then investigate how those physical properties impact organisms in winter by participating in a snowshoe hike.
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-12.3 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 40 students. Students will stay together as one group for the introductory and closing activities. Large groups will be divided into 2 smaller groups (one class each) for the ranger-led hikes, with one ranger leading each group.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.