WATER WARS: A look at Gallatin Valley Water Controversies

Stop 5:
Day Ranch

Stop 6:
Fish Creek

Stop 7:
Other Considerations



Instructor's Guide


Your students are about to embark on a virtual field trip of the Gallatin Valley. Students will explore how geology controls the location and amount of water in the valley. They will also explore how geology is used in discussions regarding water rights and development. The virtual field trip was designed as a process oriented activity which uses concrete interactions between students and environment. Students are to role-play as geohydrology consultants, make and record observations, answer and develop questions and collect and evaluate data.

Using the Virtual Field Trip

The virtual field trip has seven stops which correspond to seven stops on a traditional field trip. Each "stop" includes:

  • A hot linkedtopographic map to orient students to their surroundings. Students can click on the map and view the overall map, aerial photographs and other geologic maps.
  • Hotlinks photographs from which students will complete tasks. Many images are hot linked to additional information and zoomed shots. To identify a hot linked image, students should roll their mouse over the image and if the image highlights purple, it is hot linked.
  • The text provided at each step mimics the instructor comments and instructions at each stop.
  • A list of tasks to consider. Students should consider every task question (the non-bold questions mimic discussion questions in the field) but they MUST answer the questions denoted in green bold text.
    • Many tasks include clickable questions on the right hand side of the question. These questions respond to common queries related to the task.

Students should record their answers in a field notebook or a MS Word document. If they use MS Word, make sure students save their information to a floppy disk.

Navigating the Field Trip

Students can move through the field trip in several ways:

  • hot linked stop numbers on the left hand navigation bar
  • move forward with the next button and back with the back button in the button bar on the bottom of the page

Students will also find additional helpful information in several places:

  • The road log ( ) contains a list of learning goals and questions addressed at each stop as well as additional helpful links.
  • The maps ( ) area contains a hotlinks list of numerous maps related to the field trip.
  • The glossary ( ) contains definitions for terms. Terms are hot linked and italic.
  • The help ( ) button takes students to a list of common questions regarding the virtual field trip.
  • The trip log link takes students to the overall topographic map of the field trip.

The Assignment

The assignment is clearly laid out on the final page of the virtual field trip. Students do not need to hand in their field notebook, however it is possible to grade it. Students should be sure to address the six bulleted statements and questions on the assignment page.

Additional Questions? email Laurie Cantwell, field trip designer

Road Log

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