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Canyon Country Outdoor Education

Canyon Country Outdoor Education field trip

A Moab 6th grader studies heat, light, and sound with the Canyon Country Outdoor Education program.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert

Canyon Country Outdoor Education (CCOE) is a cooperative venture between the National Park Service, local school districts, and nonprofit organizations in southeast Utah. Field trips are conducted to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument and other areas.

The goals for this program are:

  • To support the mission of the National Park Service and the Parks as Classrooms® program, as well as park management's goals.
  • To help students safely experience and understand natural and cultural resources of our national parks, surrounding areas and the earth as a whole.
  • To enhance existing state-approved science curricula.
  • To expose students to a wide range of environmentally responsible activities in the outdoors so they can develop skills, judgment, confidence and sensitivity.
  • To raise environmental awareness in the younger generation to prepare them for future roles as decision makers and voters.
The curriculum materials CCOE uses are available for download. They are designed for grades one through six engaging with desert habitats, but they could be adapted for other grades and other ecosystems.

Internships with the CCOE program are available spring and fall. If you like children and working outdoors, consider applying for one of these opportunities. Review this brochure to learn more about the position at Canyonlands partnering with San Juan County School District.

To learn more about the program or obtain help in adapting lesson plans, please contact:

National Park Service
Canyon Country Outdoor Education
PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 719-2206 phone
(435) 587-2305 fax

Please note that outdoor education staff are only available during the school year (August to June). If you need assistance outside of this time, please contact the park directly.

Did You Know?

Biological Soil Crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...