With all this free time we have had lately, our family has been day dreaming about family vacations. We love camping, and we love exploring nature together as a family. One of my dreams has always been to visit some of the most famous national parks. Now is the time to research and even do a unit study on some of them. If you are getting the traveling bug, you will love these free resources for discovering Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park was established in 1910 and is located in Northern Montana. This park is a safety preserve for forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. It is home to dozens of mammal species, including mountain goats, wolves, grizzly bears, and wolverines. There are close to 300 species of birds, including golden eagles. It is famous for fly fishing and you don’t even have to have a fishing license.
Nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts will enjoy this amazing park with its picture perfect views. Famous American conservationist George Grinnell nicknamed this beautiful mountain region the Crown of the Continent. He was a conservationist and explorer who was the strongest advocate which led to the creation of the Park. Grinnell Glacier is in the heart of Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana and was named after him.
Fun Facts about Glacier National Park:
- This park is nicknamed The Crown of the Continent.
- It covers one million acres of land.
- It is part of the World’s First International Peace Park
- There are 25 active glaciers that move and shift when the ice melts.
- It has over 700 miles of hiking trails.
- Mountain goats are the symbol and mascot of the park.
- It is one of the most photogenic parks in America. It is one of 10 of the most Instagrammed Locations in America.
FREE Resources for Discovering Glacier National Park:
FREE Printables and Unit Studies:
Lesson Plans for Glacier National Park – NPS – There are free lesson plans broken down by grades. Elementary aged children will learn about animals, habitats, bears, rocks, forests and changing seasons. Middle School and High School students will learn about keystone species, invasive species, Indian education, historic places, and landscape engineering.
Learn about the state of Montana as part of our 50 State Series:
Websites and articles about Glacier National Park:
Science and Learning Videos for Glacier National Park – NPS – Experience the park’s wildlife and learn about Glaciers, erosion, the water table, formation of mountains and more.
View the park with Glacier National Park Webcams – There are 20 different webcams located all over the park with many areas to explore from your own home.
Glacier National Park Conservancy is the funding behind the projects and the conservation of the park. They have some great guides on how to explore the park and what to see and do while you are there.
Montana Walking Bear has some amazing photograph, a list of 10 must do adventures s and a video called Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent. This video gives you a beautiful overview of the park, it almost feels like you are really there.