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Surviving & Thriving Field Trip

Explore human history and technologies by discovering how different communities survived in Grand Teton. During this field trip students will either visit Mormon Row or Menor’s Ferry.

Cross-cutting Concept: Indigenous people and homesteaders relied on community to survive and thrive here. Indigenous peoples relied on human and non-human community to thrive in this landscape, and settlers interacted with the landscape in different ways than indigenous peoples. Both groups understood the importance of community in thriving in new or challenging conditions.

Vocabulary: Community, indigenous, convergence, Affiliated Tribe, aerodynamic, circumference, ecosystem, homestead, settler

Science Standards This Program Meets

2-LS4-1 Biological Unity and Diversity

  • Grade: 2nd Grade
  • Discipline: Life Science
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
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3-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • Grade: 3rd Grade
  • Discipline: Life Science
Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
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5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity

  • Grade: 5th Grade
  • Discipline: Earth & Space Science
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to conserve Earth’s resources and environment.
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About Grand Teton National Park

Turn Grand Teton National Park into your classroom! We offer programs year-round including field trips with hands-on exploration, rangers visiting your classroom with park resources, or even opportunities to connect to rangers digitally. Topics range from “taking a walk on the wild side” with ecology, “rocking the Tetons” with geology, or learning that "every snowflake counts" from rangers sitting at a desk made of snow. If you don't see a program here that meets your needs, please contact park educators to explore options for a customized program.

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Who Park rangers (GRTE_Education@nps.gov)
What Field trips and classroom visits about ecology, geology, history, ranger careers, and outdoor leadership
When All year
Where In your national park or your classroom
Why Because learning sticks when you experience the real thing!