Wild Animals and Wild Places Field Trip

Grade: 1
Subject: Science
Skills: Observe (using all senses), sort/classify, compare & contrast, role-play, match, count, communicate findings
Duration: 4 hours
Group Size: 45 students total, 3 groups of 15 students
Location: Apgar Village, Beaver Pond and Sun Point Trails, Lubec and Mt. Henry Trails, or the South Shore Trail.
Available Dates: Fall and Spring
Vocabulary: See the bolded words in the objectives below.

Summary: Students will participate in ranger-led activities at the Apgar Nature Center, in the forest next to the cabin, and take a short hike to the beaver lodge to learn about wild places and wild animals in Glacier National Park.

beaver activity

Objectives: (These are some of the objectives that can be achieved on a wild animals and wild places program. Many others are possible depending on teacher's focus and the ranger.)

Students will be able to:

  • Tell what national parks protect and one reason Glacier National Pak was established.
  • Distinguish between natural and un-natural objects.
  • Explain the difference between a wild animal and a domestic animal and name three wild animals that live in Glacier National Park.
  • Tell one characteristic of a predator and one characteristic of a prey species.
  • Explain how color can help an animal to hide in its natural living space.
  • Draw a beaver and label the body parts that help the beaver to live in its habitat.
  • Describe where a beaver might live and what it would look like.
  • Use deductive reasoning and questioning to determine the identity of a mystery animal.
  • Make a simple food chain of organisms in Glacier National Park.
  • Hike independently making observations using their senses.
  • Observe and describe plant growth and change.
  • Sort and count various natural objects. Then try to identify those same objects on the trail.

Montana Content and Performance Standards:

10.54.5010 Science Standard 1= Design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate scientific investigations.

10.54.5020 Science Standard 2= Demonstrate knowledge of properties, forms, changes, and interactions of physical and chemical systems.

10.54.5030 Science Standard 3=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.


Making Connections to Glacier National Park:
Glacier is a wild place that protects: wild animals, plants, waterways, scenery, and quiet places to sit and observe nature. The wild 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.

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.


Complete and submit the reservation form then check out the Scheduling and Guidelines page for Tips for a Successful Day in Glacier!

These pre- and post-visit lessons provide activities and materials to prepare students for their Glacier field trip!

Last updated: August 18, 2017

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