Pre- and Post-Visit: Earth Science

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. A good place to start is with this introduction to the National Park Service.

Follow this specially designed Earth Science Field Trip Lesson Plan (717 KB pdf)

The following are some of our suggested pre-visit activities, as well as supplementary materials that may aid in preparing for your trip.

Upper Elementary Classroom Activities

Computers and Technology


Indian Education for All

Upper elementary level activities on "Mountains and Mountain Building" and "Glaciers and Glaciation" are available from Work House, a Glacier National Park Science Education Program written in cooperation with tribal members on the Blackfeet and Confederated Salish/Kootenai Reservations.

The volcano Mount Mazama (now Crater Lake National Park in Oregon) erupted in about 7700 BP.

Ash from this eruption has been found in the soils along the Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park. Imagine what an earth changing event that erruption was for the people living here for the ash to have travelled all this way!


Last updated: October 3, 2016

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