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The Power of Glaciers

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Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade

Glacier Bay filled with icebergs and a glacier in the mountains in the distance
Glacier Bay National Park has a dynamic glacial history. The area and its people have experience and observed the tidewater glacier cycle of advance and retreat. Today, Glacier Bay is a place of scientific research where scientist conduct studies to understand how glaciers function and what their future may be.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

1) Relate the glacial history of Glacier Bay over the last 500 years.

2) Recognize that scientific understanding of glaciers and their impact on the environment has evolved in the past two centuries.

3) Describe the process of glacial formation.

4) Understand the difference between climate and weather

5) Recognize the potential effects of a changing climate on glaciers.

6) List at least 4 geologic signs of glaciers.

7) Regard Glacier Bay (and all National Park sites) as places of inquiry, investigation, and discovery (e.g. a living laboratory).


Scheduling and Registration:

Programs are available in January and February. Registration starts December 1.

There are two ways to register:

You may also contact us by phone at (907) 697-2573.

Last updated: January 8, 2020