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    Mount Rainier

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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?

June 1945:  President Harry Truman plays the piano in the Paradise Inn lobby.

In June 1945, President Harry Truman visited Mount Rainier National Park, dined at the Paradise Inn and played a song on the Inn's piano. This piano and other notable items are preserved today in the Paradise Inn, part of an effort to maintain the park's rich historic legacy. More...