Fire can be a powerful force of change that impacts a forest in surprisingly beneficial ways. It also poses a particular challenge to park managers, whose goal is to maintain natural systems while protecting humans, cultural and historic resources and park infrastructure. Glacier's cultural resources chronicle the evolving history of human activities, interactions, and experiences in the American West, that reveal changes in societal attitudes about land and its uses.
National and State Standards:
Montana State Standards
Next Generation Science Standards
Students will be able to:
Field Trip Logistics
Teachers wishing to have their students participate in the fire ecology field trip should plan to arrive in the park by 9:30 - 10 am and stay until 1:30 - 2 pm. Everyone must be prepared to be outside all day and ready to hike 2 miles on fairly level terrain.
Preparing for Your Trip
How to Dress for the Fire Ecology Field Trip pdf (permission slip courtesy of J. Summerscales, Columbia Falls Jr. High)
Students that spend time preparing for their visit get more out of a field trip to the park. Activities post-visit also help to reinforce information learned during the trip.
MUST READ! Follow this specially designed Fire Ecology Field Trip Lesson Plan (448 KB pdf)
Suggested activities and supplementary materials:
Last updated: November 10, 2017