Students that have spent time preparing for their visit to Glacier National Park get more out of a field trip to the park. Activities post-visit also help to reinforce information learned during the trip.
The following are some of our suggested pre-visit activities, as well as supplementary materials that may aid in preparing for your trip. A good place to start is with this introduction to the National Park Service.
Upper Elementary Classroom Activities
- Locating Glacier National Park
- Breaking it Down
- Carving Mountains
- Model Glaciers
- Climate Mime-it
- Predicting the Future
Additional Upper Elementary Activities from the Fall and Spring Teacher's Guide (pdf) - this is a large file and may take time to download
- Puzzle It Out (pp. 69-70)
- Carbon Cycle Capers (pp. 71-72)
- Poster Campaign (pp. 73)
Computers and Technology (4-12th grades)
- Have students take our e-hike along the Avalanche Lake Trail before doing the real thing.
- Show an online slide presentation about glaciers from the National Park Service VIEWS website.
- Look at photos from the Repeat Photography Research being done in Glacier
- View cutting edge Research Models of climate-induced glacier change in Glacier.
- Have students use free online satellite software to explore earth - including Glacier National Park with ideas from the Earth from Above lesson plan by Tom Stahley, Billings Skyview High School.
- Visit Helena High School Science Teacher, Rod Benson's earth science website.
- Check out these powerpoint presentations produced by middle school students from the PEAK program in Helena, MT. The students did a field trip to Glacier and hiked the Avalanche Lake Trail.