Glacier is a center-piece of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (COCE), a vibrant, functional ecosystem. It will remain so provided the all of us who treasure this place are willing to do three things. First we must make ourselves aware of the ecological processes that govern this ecosystem and humankind's impact on those processes. Second, we must be concerned about maintaining the health of this ecosystem, and third, we must translate our concerns into beneficial actions. The lessons in this guide were written to help facilitate these three steps.
The different lessons provide explanations and insight into the significant resources protected in Glacier:
- Native American cultural sites
- The International Peace Park vision
- 1800s, 1900s history
The essence of the Glacier Teacher's Guide is captured in the story of Pluie the wolf. Connections like those shown in Pluie's journey are the focus of the guide. The connections are not just biological. They are also economic, political, cultural and spiritual.