Great Falls National Park Field Trip

At a lot of schools, each grade has their own special field trip. The farm in kindergarten, Jamestown in fourth grade, that sort of thing. At my school we don’t really have a special field trip for third grade. I decided I wanted to see if we could turn Great Falls into our third grade thing.

Black Vultures

We went on our field trip yesterday, when it was rainy, cool (but not cold), and a little gross. The kids had a great time and the teachers enjoyed it, too (although having to navigate freaked most of the teachers out).


Since I had my intern and some parents to cover my class, I worked with the students from another class. I taught them how to “read” the blazes and they did an excellent job of navigating. It was neat to see how quickly they picked up the idea of blazes!

Taking Flight

Mason’s Mark

The students were really interested in how moss didn’t grow on all sides of the trees, and how the fungi were a different color depending on its location on the tree.


One of the local Fire and Rescue teams was out. They appeared to be practicing, which was quite exciting for the students.

Fire and Rescue

Mather Gorge


From the Bridge

Pine Tree

One nice thing about the rain was that we had a lot of low clouds and fog and it made for some good pictures!

Mather Gorge II

Great Falls