Adventures In Winter Ecology

A Partnership with Montana Outdoor Science School


This program offers a full day of skiing and winter ecology lessons led by Bohart Instructors.  This acclaimed program is offered to students from 3rd grade through high school.

Your school group arrives at Bohart by 9:30 AM. We begin the morning lesson with fun, age appropriate skill games on skis that focus on developing ski skills.  After a short snack break, students are divided into smaller tour groups and spend the day with Bohart Instructors skiing the trails and participating in the grade-level science curriculum.  Around noon, tour groups meet at our Trail Shelter along the Meadow Loop Trail for lunch with classmates, classroom teacher and chaperones.  After lunch the tour groups resume their ski and arrive back at the base lodge at approximately 2:40pm.

Throughout the day, Adventure in Winter Ecology (AWE) lessons integrate teachable moments and science into the ski tour and lunch.  These hands-on field exploration activities and games are tailored to each grade level and are designed to compliment school curriculum and science standards.


Students participating in the Adventure in Winter Ecology Program experience the wonders of winter through interactive investigations and experiments in the field.  All lessons align with current district, state and national science standards.

Grade 3: Fur, Fat & Feathers / Animal Adaptations
Students will:

  • Discover the advantages of different types of adaptations through experimental observations. Learn the types of winter insulation.
  • Explore how animal adaptations are related to habitat (i.e., the moose’s long legs and flexible knee joints help it move in shrubs and deep snow).
  • Examine how animal behaviors, such as migration and hibernation, relate to winter survival.

Grade 4: Skeletons on Skis / Animal Tracks
Students will:

  • Observe the skeletal advantages of different body types, including humans, in the snow / winter environment.
  • Investigate different modes of locomotion through snow and identify tracks and tracking patterns making correlations to the various skeleton types.
  • Experiment with physical motions to experience how each type of animal (waddlers, long leggers, hoppers and bounders) moves on snow.

Grade 5: Discover Bohart’s Biome
Students will:

  • Identify the different habitats that make up the Bohart biome.
  • Closely observe the land and who lives within the Bohart ecosystem.
  • Identify the elements species need to survive.
  • Observe and investigate connections within the Bohart habitat and food web.
  • Identify tree species in the Bohart biome using a Dichotomous key.

Grade 6: Snowflakes to Snowpack
Students will:

  • Examine and classify snowflakes.
  • Perform a snow density experiment and discover how the phase changes of water affect snowpack.
  • Observe weather and how it affects snow over time.
  • Explore properties of snow crystals and hypothesize a correlation between snowflake structure and snow density in snowpack.
  • Look at slope angles and aspects and hypothesize when avalanches occur.
  • Dig a snow pit.

Grade 7: Winter Watersheds / Map and Compass
Students will:

  • View and understand Bohart and Bridger Canyon from the watershed point of view.
  • Identify the parts of the watershed, from the headwaters to the main drainages.
  • Look at land features of Bohart comparing them to topographic maps.
  • Identify drainage pattern elements of Bohart’s two main watersheds.
  • Learn how to read and use a compass to navigate the winter watershed.
  • Investigate evidence of winter activities in the area that may impact the watershed.

Grade 8: Winter People and Climate Studies
Students will:

  • Learn how to shelter themselves in the winter environment
  • Understand cultural, historic, and current use of quinzhee snow shelters
  • Discover properties of snowflake composition/sintering and insulating properties and how it relates to building snow structures
  • Understand how studies of snowpack provide knowledge of changes in our climate
  • Discuss how climate change will affect winter people

Tailored AWE Programs are available for specialized groups

Call Bohart Program Director, Theresa Leland, for more details 406-586-9070


$17 per student for Adventure in Winter Ecology (AWE) Program
$8 per student for Ski Rental Package

Teachers and chaperones pay no program fee, and may rent the ski package for a discount of $10 for the day.

Scholarships are available based on financial need.  Contact Bohart in advance for arrangements.


Our programs are very popular and the schedule fills quickly. Registration opens each fall. Contact us for info and to reserve your ski day.

HOME OFFICE:  1-406-587-0011

BOHART: 1-406-586-9070, (after Jan 1st)


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