Flexibility for weather conditions, bus problems, etc…is essential to having an enjoyable visit to the park. No two school programs are exactly alike, but the following schedule represents a typical trip.
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Travel to the Park
Simple assignments can be completed by seatmates or individuals during this time. Point out sights along the way that relate to the park story such as mountain uplifting, glacially carved valleys or mountain passes, plant communities, river crossings, and canyon formations. You may also want to review vocabulary words or ecological concepts.
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Meet Park Rangers at the Apgar Visitor Center
After a brief welcome by the park rangers to Glacier National Park, the ranger(s) will talk with the chaperones and teacher(s) about the schedule for the day, students will take a bathroom break.
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 p.m. Station Activities
Students should be in groups of 3. There will be 6 stations set up and 3-4 of the student groups will be at each station. Students will review information about non-native, invasive plants and their identification.
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. HIke
Station groups will hike with their assigned rangers/volunteers to their monitoring site and collect data on percent cover of non-native, invasive plants.
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Clean-Up
(lunch spot to be decided by ranger and teacher depending on which trail the students hike on).
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Pull Weeds
Students pull weeds (mechanical treatment) if possible. Students must be signed up as volunteers in advance and have gloves. Ranger(s) review the educational objectives for the day.
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Hiking Groups Meet Back at the Apgar Visitor Center
Groups compare results. Final bathroom breaks and load up buses.
2:00 p.m. Bus Leaves the Park