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Making the Mountains

from Glacier National Park

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mountainous landscape tells the tale of the powerful geologic forces that have
shaped the land over time. In this program, students will investigate the many
geologic forces that have sculpted the mountains of Glacier by learning about
the four main stages of the park’s geologic formations; silt, tilt, slide, and
glide. Through hands on activities and discussion, students will become
immersed in the geologic story of Glacier National Park.

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1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6

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Booking Information

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Glacier National Park

West Glacier, MT
United States

in 1910, Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, protects over 1
million acres of some of the most biologically diverse habitats in North
Distance Learning Program strives to bring the experience and learning
opportunities of this special place to classrooms around the country, providing
interactive, curriculum based education programs to students of any age. Our distance learning season runs from January through April.

Glacier Education

Program Details


1. The program begins with an introduction to the ranger and guidelines to the program.
2. The ranger then introduces the National Park Service and its symbol.
3. Glacier National Park and the concept of geology is introduced.
4. The pre-visit timeline activity is reviewed and explained how it will be utilized throughout the program.
5. The ranger works their way through the 4 main geologic steps to Glacier’s history; silt, tilt, slide, and glide, with students placing a new card onto the geologic timeline after each step.
6. 5 to 10 minutes will be left at the end for student questions.


At the end of this program, students will be able to:
1. Define lithification and deposition.
2. Describe the different forces that shaped Glacier National Park.
3. Arrange the major geologic events that occurred in Glacier National Park in chronological order on a geologic timeline.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

4-ESS1-1: Earth’s Place in the Universe: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

MS-ESS1-4: Earth’s Place in the Universe: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history.

MS-ESS2-2: Earth’s Systems: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.