Non-living things in Glacier provide the foundation for all the plant and animal life which lives here. Students will explore the physical properties of snow completing tasks at snow stations. They will then investigate how those physical properties impact organisms in winter by participating in a snowshoe hike. 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 40 students. Students will stay together as one group for the introductory and closing activities. Large groups will be divided into 2 smaller groups (one class 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! This Preparing for your 3rd-5th Grade Winter Field Trip (pdf) packet contains everything you need to get ready for your field trip.
These SmartBoard Lessons are a great tool to supplement your preparations.
Suggested activities and supplementary materials:
Last updated: April 13, 2018