Students will snowshoe the Beaver Pond Trail in St. Mary or an extended off-trail route from the Oxbow Trail. Throughout the day, they will use a worksheet to collect and record data for wildlife/insect signs, snow density and snow crystal shapes, and record weather observation readings. Winter ecology programs on both west and east sides of the park include snowshoe hikes. The park provides all the snowshoes for students and chaperones free of charge.
(Depending on grade level and weather conditions)
Field Trip Logistics
Teachers wishing to have their students participate in the winter ecology field trip should plan to arrive in the park between 9:30 - 11 am and stay until 1:30 or 2 pm. Everyone in the group must be prepared to be outside the entire time and ready to snowshoe for a distance of about 2 miles on gently rolling terrain.
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 6th-12th Grade Winter Field Trip (pdf) packet should have everything you need.
Suggested activities and supplementary materials:
Last updated: April 13, 2018