Free Teacher Workshops Offered
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park’s education specialist, Laura Law, will hold three free workshops for K-8 teachers. These workshops walk teachers through the activities and hikes that students participate in when they come on a field trip in the fall or spring to Glacier National Park. Since the field trips are geared toward the Montana Content and Performance Standards, the workshops are grade level and content specific.
“Habitats/Wildlife” for K – 2 teachers on Monday, August 21, will focus on animals that live in Glacier, their habitats, and how animals and plants change and grow. On August 23, 2006, “Forest Processes” workshop for 3rd – 6th grade teachers will highlight Glacier’s native plants, plant parts and functions, and inter-relationships in the forest. The workshop on Friday, August 25, “Earth Science” for 6th – 8th grade teachers will center on concepts such as erosion, weathering, mountain-building, and glaciation.
All the workshops will begin at 9 a.m. in the Apgar area and last all day. Teachers will learn about resources available on the Glacier National Park website, receive pre-visit and post-visit materials for the classroom, and participate in the activities their students will be doing on the actual field trip. OPI Renewal Units are available for these workshops.
Law’s position and the ability for Glacier National Park to offer these workshops for teachers are due to the financial support of the Glacier National Park Fund (GNPF). For more information on the GNPF and other projects they support, call 406-862-6110.
If you are interested in learning more about the park’s education programs or to register for a workshop, contact Law at Laura_Law@nps.gov or call her at 406-888-5837. School teachers can also register for the workshops through PIRNET.
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.