Education

Students listen to ranger during a winter snowshoe program, NPS photoStudents look for invasive weeds in a study plot, NPS photoStudents experience a roping program at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

There are many exceptional opportunities for learning and engagement within the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. From field trips to online resources, trunks, and activities for kids, this area hosts a variety of ways to increase science literacy and resource management principles. A variety of opportunities to learn or get involved exist within the area's national parks as well as through other public agencies and educational organizations.

To find out more about these resources, visit the following websites listed below.


National Park Educational Opportunities

To learn more about teacher and student educational opportunites taking place at the four national parks in the Crown of the Continent and surrounding area, visit each park's official website. Activities for kids and for teachers are highlighted on each park's For Teachers and For Kids website pages.

Attention all educators! A new grant opportunity is now available. In recognition of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial, the Glacier National Park Conservancy and private donors are generously providing funds to assist with getting Montana students to public lands in our state. 

Requests are filled first come, first served, for qualified applicants, until the funds have been depleted. Each grant is for $500.00 and field trips can take place anytime in 2016. The application deadline is March 23, 2016. Applicants will be notified on the success of their applications by April 8. Educators receiving grant awards must agree to complete a post-visit report after their field trip that includes a field trip photo. Glacier National Park along with Grant Kohrs National Historic Site, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana State Parks, and the Montana Environmental Education Association have partnered to administer these travel grant monies.

To apply for a grant, complete a Public Lands Travel Grant Application by March 23, 2016.

Glacier National Park
For Teachers: provides resources on field trips to the park, trunks, teacher professional development, and online curricula.
For Kids: gives information on Glacier's Junior Ranger Program, Ranger-Led Activities, and other fun opportunties.

Grant-Khors Ranch National Historic Site
For Teachers: Find lesson plans, plan your field trip, and discover ways to bring historic ranching into your classroom.
For Kids: gives information on the ranch's Junior Ranger Program as well as other fun activites for kids.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
For Teachers: provides a link to download the Little Bighorn Battlefield Teacher's Guide, a K-12 activity guide focused on Plains Indians Lifeways, the events surrounding the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the people involved, and the impacts of the battle.
For Kids: Learn how to become a junior ranger at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Education Programs and Services: find information about field trips to the park, overnight camps, and other educational resources.
 


Educational Opportunities in the Crown of the Continent

There are many organizations that offer exciting and rewarding educational opportunities for students and teachers within the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. To learn about the various programs, visit the websites listed below.

Flathead Community of Resource Educators (Flathead CORE)
Flathead CORE is a network of individuals and organziations working together to increase awareness and understanding about the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Flathead Region. A list of local providers and their services is provides on the site as well as programs and events and additional teacher resources.

Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium (COCEEC)
A group of educators form across the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem have formed a collaborative organization known as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium. COCEEC’s purpose is to raise awareness of the Crown’s natural and cultural resources, biodiversity, conservation efforts, stewardship opportunities and provide the opportunity for collaborative projects crossing management and geographical boundaries. A list of participants and their corresponding websites provides information on available education-related opportunities.