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1 Glacier National Park West Glacier, MO Page 1 Page 3-6 Report Rough Draft

2 Glacier National Park Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana and extends into Canada. It is located in the Rocky Mountains, approximately 1,000-3,000 meters above sea level, includes a variety of plants and animals not seen elsewhere on the planet and contains 140 Species of special concern. The park is dominated by an environmental theme. Its greatest concern is preserving and improving the landscape for the plants and animals that call the land home. The park is influenced on the western side of the mountains by wet ocean air and on east side by cold, dry Canadian air. Even small changes in elevation or location can determine where specific plants and animals will live. Glacier also contains an abundance of water features including lakes, glaciers, snow, streams and waterfalls. Snowfall on Going-to-the-Sun Road can exceed 60 feet by spring. Glacier s climate is regarded as fickle because it can vary as much as 100 degrees in a day or 30 degrees in a matter of minutes. In the summer temperatures can reach close to 100 degrees during the day and yet drop to 25 degrees at night. Snow can be expected in any month but falls most heavily in the winter. In October and November, snow has already begun to fall and more can be expected as the season continues. Glacier offers visitors up-to-date information on road closings and hiking trails so visitors can accurately prepare for their visit. There is a multitude of activities and sights to see in Glacier National Park. Visitors can go camping, fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, bicycling, and even through the park. One trail that is particularly inviting is the Numa Lookout Trail. This trail features a lookout tower at the end of the 4.9 trail a reward for any hiker after a long journey through the wilderness. Be careful when venturing on this trail, even in the early fall there could be generous amounts of snow necessitating a compass, GPS or map of the area. Bears are also active this time of year so one must take precautions to avoid being attacked. After hiking on the trail, a weary traveler may need a place to rest. Bowman Lake Campground provides a place to shelter for the night but it is primitive in October so don t expect a shower, flush toilet or running water. Do anticipate beautiful vistas and peaceful solitude, including an amazing star-filled sky. In addition to a secure tent, travelers will need a below-zero sleeping bag, as temperatures often dip into the teens this time of year. To be continued will finish before Monday 3 Boat Tour of Lake McDonald Glacier Park Boat Company Boat built in 1930, carries 80 passengers, seating indoors, photographic stops, tranquil beauty of mountains from lake, guide information about Glacier NP.

3 4 Going to the Sun Road from West Glacier to Avalanche Creek (15.5 miles). Closed Avalanche to Jackson Glacier Overlook. Considered a National Historic Landmark b/c it remains original to the time period it was built, Expressing Cultural Values of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design, Transforming the Environment - Protecting and Preserving the Environment, built b/w Crosses the continental divide. Winds around mountainsides, magnificent sights of alpine mountains,

4 Name Section Science Project Test Grade Rough Draft National Parks: America s Best Idea Location: West Glacier, MO National Park: Glacier National Park Item Response Type of Park Environmental Topography Climate Mountainous, alpine lakes Weather varies greatly. Temperatures high; 30 lows. This week temperatures in the 45, 36, 25 (day); night with snow 1 Hiking North Fork; Numa Lookout Trail (4.9 miles) Snow storms may deposit lingering snow, requiring map and compass skills for route finding. Suspension bridges removed in Sept. Bears most active in fall. Snow hazard begin to develop. Activities Provide 4 activities you could do while at the park. Be specific and give details about the activity or exhibit. 2 Camp Bowman Lake 10/night; no flush toilets; no water; no shower. Serenity and remote location. Fish, canoe, kayak. Hiking opportunities nearby. 3 Boat Tour of Lake McDonald Glacier Park Boat Company Boat built in 1930, carries 80 passengers, seating indoors, photographic stops, tranquil beauty of mountains from lake, guide information about Glacier NP. 4 Going to the Sun Road from West Glacier to Avalanche Creek (15.5 miles). Closed Avalanche to Jackson Glacier Overlook. Considered a National Historic Landmark b/c it remains original to the time period it was built, Expressing Cultural Values of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design, Transforming the Environment - Protecting and Preserving the Environment, built b/w Crosses the continental divide. Winds around mountainsides, magnificent sights of alpine mountains, Precautionary Items Provide 2 items you might need to protect you from the weather/climate. 1 Food & Storage cooler very remote (follow precautions for Bears) 3 Sleeping Bag - temperatures below freezing 4 Tent 2 Bug repellant/head nets mosquitoes

5 Continued on Reverse Side Tops Bottoms Shoes Other Clothing List the items you will wear based on your activities and the weather. (3-4 days) T-shirt Long underwear Sweatshirt Winter Coat Pants Thermals Hiking Boots Sneakers Warm socks Gloves Hats Cowl for neck sunglasses National Park Service Google Maps Bibliography Weather Underground National Register of Historic Places

6 Other Notes & Questions Park created by President Taft in the late 1800/early 1900 s North Fork rare woodpeckers Apgar visitor center enter here. Park created in Need Camera, binoculars

7 Name Section Science Project Test Grade Location: West Glacier, MO National Park: Glacier National Park

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