Field Trips

Wild Animals and Wild Places

Rangers in hold arrowhead in front of students with beautiful mountain lake in background
First graders on a field trip in Glacier


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Students will participate in ranger-led activities at Apgar Nature Center in Apgar, or at the 1913 Ranger Station in St. Mary depending on the field trip location. They will also do activities in the forest next to the cabin/ranger station, and take a short hike to learn about wild places and wild animals in Glacier National Park. View our Wild Animals and Wild Places Field Trip Schedule to see a basic outline for the day.

Glacier is a wild place that protects: wild animals, plants, waterways, scenery, and quiet places to sit and observe nature. The wild animals here depend on this wild place for their home and they have special body parts and behaviors that help them to live here without help from people.

Grade Level: 1st grade
Locations: Apgar Village and St. Mary
Available Dates:

  • Fall on west side: September 11, 2017 - October 6, 2017 
  • Spring on east side: April 30, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Duration: 4 hours
Group Size: 45 students total
Skills: Observe (using all senses), sort/classify, compare & contrast, role-play, match, count, communicate findings
Vocabulary: See the bolded words in the objectives below.

Objectives: (These are some of the objectives that can be achieved on a wild animals and wild places program. Many others are possible depending on teacher's focus and the ranger.)
Students will be able to:

  • Tell what national parks protect and one reason Glacier National Pak was established.
  • Distinguish between natural and un-natural objects.
  • Explain the difference between a wild animal and a domestic animal and name three wild animals that live in Glacier National Park.
  • Tell one characteristic of a predator and one characteristic of a prey species.
  • Explain how color can help an animal to hide in its natural living space.
  • Draw a beaver and label the body parts that help the beaver to live in its habitat.
  • Describe where a beaver might live and what it would look like.
  • Use deductive reasoning and questioning to determine the identity of a mystery animal.
  • Make a simple food chain of organisms in Glacier National Park.
  • Hike independently making observations using their senses.
  • Observe and describe plant growth and change.
  • Sort and count various natural objects. Then try to identify those same objects on the trail.

Field Trip Logistics: Teachers wishing to have their students participate in the wildlife field trip must have their classes divided into groups of no more than 20 students. For example, a bus of 40 students would be divided into 2 groups of 20 students each.

Reservations: Visit the Scheduling & Guidelines page to reserve this trip.

These Pre- and Post-Visit Activities provide activities and materials to prepare students for their Glacier field trip!


Glacier's Education Specialist


Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology
National/State Standards:
Montana Content and Performance Standards:
Science Standard 1: Design scientific investigations...
Science Standard 2: Demonstrate knowledge of physical and chemical systems...
Science Standard 3: Demonstrate knowledge of living things...
Field Trips