Winter in Glacier National Park a special time of year when animals must make changes just like humans.
Students will conduct a simple snow experiment, create a group model showing the influence of the sun on the earth and why we have seasons, view a puppet show of how animals in Glacier survive winter, and take a short snowshoe hike to a beaver lodge with stops to investigate animal signs and snow characteristics. The park provides all the snowshoes for students and chaperones free of charge.
Next Generation Science Standard:
(Depending on grade level and weather conditions)
Field Trip Logistics
Maximum group size for snowshoe hikes is 46 students. Students will stay together as one class for the introductory and closing activities. Large groups will be divided into 2 smaller groups (23 students each) for the ranger-led hikes, with one ranger leading each group.
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 Preparing for Your 1st-2nd Grade Winter Field Trip packet (pdf)
Our SmartBoard Lessons are a great tool to supplement the preparations for your trip.
Suggested activities and supplementary materials:
Last updated: April 13, 2018