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
- Locating Glacier National Park
- Breaking it Down
- Carving Mountains
- Model Glaciers
- Climate Mime-it
- Predicting the Future
- 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
- 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 Project being done 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.