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    Death Valley

    National Park CA,NV

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Self Guided

Death Valley is a land of a thousand stories, full of intriguing people and places. You can custom-design an ideal learning experience for your students in our park. Focus on photography, mine our rich reserves of Western history, identify wildflowers, follow faults, or journey into the wilderness. Read our "School Visits On Your Own" brochure to start the planning process.

You may be eligible for an educational fee waiver (free park entry), if the following three conditions are met:

  1. You represent an accredited educational institution.
  2. You can demonstrate that your field trip satisfies specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered to participants.
  3. The field trip relates to natural or cultural resources or facilities in the park.

As you design your field trip, plan to stop by one of our visitors centers when you arrive. Familiarize yourself with Things to Know Before You Come. Arrange for camping or lodging for your group; advanced reservations are advised, especially if you are bringing lots of students. Even if you wish to lead most of your field trip independently, consider attending an interpretive ranger program.

Did You Know?

Telescope Peak

Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park was named by Dr. Samuel George in 1861. After climbing the 11,049 foot peak, Dr. George said that he could see so far that it reminded him of looking through a telescope.