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Wild Wapati

An elk grazing.
Elk are also known as Wapati, which means "white rump" in the Shawnee language.
NPS Photo
Overview: By playing a game of tag outside, students portray animal and habitat components of Mount Rainier.
Grade Level:
5 - 8
Objectives: Identify and describe the three essential components of any habitat to be water, shelter, and food.

Identify factors that affect carrying capacity.

Define "limiting factors" and give examples.

Be aware that changes in wildlife populations can be natural on Mount Rainier.
Lesson Plan:
Wild Wapati - word, 49KB
Wild Wapati - pdf, 451KB

Did You Know?

Visitor exploring the former Paradise Ice Caves.

For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...