Curriculum Materials

woman in waders dangles leech as students look on
Bring lessons to life for your students / NPS

Lesson Plans

Thank you for wanting to engage your students in learning about Glacier National Park. The lessons are broken into grade bands for K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. The units and activities cover a range of topics including biodiversity, American Indian culture, climate change, and park management. Please email us if you use the lessons and/or you have questions about any of them.

Sunlight through lodgepoles sticking out of top of tipi
Sunlight through the top of a lodge / NPS

Work House

"Work House" is a Science and Indian Education Curriculum intended for use in the classroom and in Glacier National Park. "Work House" focuses on geological and biological succession while utilizing local Indian tribal heritage as a background. It includes cultural and scientific background information, traditional stories, classroom activities, and links to field trip and extension options.


Cultural Resource Guide

A CD/DVD set with information about the cultural resources protected in Glacier National Park - archeology, historic structures, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, and historic artifacts. Creation of this guide was made possible by a grant from the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

  • Disc One: Teacher Resource Guide CD. This CD contains fact sheets about cultural resources in Glacier National Park, an archeology powerpoint presentation, virtual tours and media files of historic landmarks and museum objects, as well as a digital library of over 50 copyright free images of the park's cultural resources. It also contains lesson plans for K-12 teachers on the people and stories connected with the place now known as Glacier National Park.
  • Disc Two: "At Home in This Place" DVD. The National Park Service invites you to experience Glacier National Park from the perspectives of the American Indian tribes that have called the park home for thousands of years - the Blackfeet, Kootenai, Salish, and Pend d'Oreille. As you explore this DVD, you will hear directly from contemporary tribal leaders and elders. Each tribe provides its own idea about its relationship to this land and history. This DVD contains all the video and audio presentations found in the St. Mary Visitor Center exhibition.

To obtain a hard copy of the CD/DVD set including the Teacher Resource Guide, and the accompanying "At home in this Place" videos, please email us.


Additional Curriculum Resources

Teaching History & Culture
Links to lesson plans from the Ken Burns PBS Series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" as well as Glacier specific lessons involving Going-to-the-Sun-Road and other collected links.

Honoring Tribal Legacies
The Honoring Tribal Legacies website was designed and developed to encourage educators at all levels and in every environment to benefit from the collective wisdom that can be gained from a shared history that simultaneously embraces the past, present, and future. In this virtual handbook, you will find rigorous high quality demonstration curricula spanning all grade levels

FireWorks Curriculum
K-12 lessons created by the U.S. Forest Service Fire Lab in Missoula, MT which features ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests. It provides students with interactive, hands-on materials to study the forces that cause change in forests, particularly wildland fire. There is an educational trunk connected to this lesson, too.

The Wilderness & Land Ethic Curriculum
K-12 lesson plans from the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center which introduce students to the concept of wilderness.

Last updated: June 6, 2019

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