Wild Animals and Wild Places Field Trip

Ranger stands by hoops on ground filled with documents as little girls run about


Glacier is a wild place that protects: wild animals, plants, waterways, scenery, and quiet places to sit and observe nature. The animals here depend on this wild place for their home and they have special body parts and behaviors that help them to live here without help from people.

Grade: 1st grade
Locations: Apgar Village and St. Mary
Duration: 4 hours, view our Wild Animals and Wild Places Field Trip Schedule to see a basic outline for the day.
Group Size: 45 students total
Skills: Observe (using all senses), sort/classify, compare & contrast, role-play, match, count, communicate findings
Vocabulary: Food chain, herbivore, carnivore, natural world, natural resources, habitat, wild, domestic, lakes, mountains, rivers, valleys
Essential Questions:

  • What makes a place wild?
  • Why do we keep places wild?
  • In what kinds of places do things live?
  • How do living things get energy?
  • What lives in wild places?

National and State Standards:
Montana State Standards
MT.SCI.K-12.3 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.

Next Generation Science Standards
K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.



Students will be able to understand…

  • the difference between wild and domestic
  • the difference between plants in a wild vs. not wild place
  • natural vs. unnatural sounds
  • wild places are largely undisturbed/ undeveloped
  • what living things need to survive
  • there is a limited number of wild places
  • people are a part of wild places
  • people have different feelings about wild places
  • food chains

Students will know…

  • the types of animals found in wild vs. not wild places
  • the types of plants found in wild vs. not wild places
  • the characteristics of wild places
  • Glacier National Park is protected because it is wild

Students will be able to…

  • sort the wild vs. domestic living things
  • identify a wild place
  • list things that can be done to keep a place wild

Field Trip Logistics

Teachers wishing to have their students participate in the wildlife field trip must have their classes divided into groups of no more than 20 students. For example, a bus of 40 students would be divided into 2 groups of 20 students each.


Reserve Your Trip

Visit the Scheduling & Guidelines page to find the reservation form as well as tips for a successful day in the park.

If you have questions, email or call the Education Specialist at 406-888-5837.


Preparing for Your Trip

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 Wild Animals and Wild Places Field Trip Lesson Plan (1.1 MB pdf)

Suggested activities and supplementary materials:

Last updated: November 10, 2017

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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