Flexibility for weather conditions, bus problems, etc…is essential to having an enjoyable visit to the park. No two school programs are exactly alike, but the following schedule represents a typical trip.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Travel to the Park
Simple assignments can be completed by seatmates or individuals during this time. Point out sights along the way that relate to the park story such as the amount of snow along the route, if they see farm fields or ranches versus cities or forests.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Meet Park Rangers at Designated Site
After a brief welcome by the park rangers to Glacier National Park, the ranger(s) will talk with the group about the National Park Mission and take a snack/bathroom break.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Snow Stations
Rangers will discuss “What is winter?” and “How do we know it’s winter?” with students. Then chaperones & rangers will lead activities at 4-6 snow stations where students with worksheets and task cards will work in small groups to investigate the physical properties of snow.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Wrap-Up Snow Stations and Eat Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Snowshoe Hike
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Snowshoes Off and Bathroom Breaks
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Bus Leaves the Park