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  • Expect Cooler Nights with No Precipitation through the Remainder of the Week

    Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »

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    One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »

Field Trips

North Rim field trip

Grand Canyon provides a spectacular backdrop for a field-based learning experience.

NPS photo by Ann Posegate

Ranger-led Field Trips

Grand Canyon National Park provides the perfect outdoor setting to enhance classroom-based learning. Each spring and fall, the park's Environmental Education Branch offers 2.5-hour and 5-hour field trips for grades 3 through 12. During the programs, park rangers guide students through Grand Canyon geology, ecology, and human history. All field trips are curriculum-based and free of charge; most take place on the South Rim.

2013-2014 Field Trip Information (updated Mar. 18, 2014)
2013-2014 Field Trip Registration (updated Aug. 8, 2013)

2014-2015 Field Trip Information
2014-2015 Field Trip Registration

For schools in southern Utah and the Arizona Strip, the park also offers ranger-led field trips on the North Rim each October.

North Rim field trip information fall 2013. (updated Aug. 15, 2013)
North Rim field trip information fall 2013 (updated Aug. 15, 2013)

Prepare for your Ranger-led Field Trip
If you are a teacher enrolled in a fall or spring Ranger-led Field Trip, print the materials below.

Group Leader Checklist (updated Aug. 28, 2013)
Chaperone Information Sheet (updated Aug. 28, 2013)

Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for schools with restricted travel budgets. This offer applies to schools who are schedule to attend one of our education programs with at least 50% of their students on a free or reduced lunch program.

This funding is made possible by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Association and private donors. Grant money will typically be distributed the month of your field trip. Once you have successfully registered and received confirmation for your field trip, you may apply for a travel grant by completing a grant application form and returning it to our office by email or fax (see form for details.)

Travel Grant Application Form. (updated April 2014)

Self-Guided Field Trips

If you are not able to participate in a ranger-led field trip but would like to lead an independent field trip for your class, please view resources for self-guided field trips.

Contact Us

To learn more about our environmental educational programs, contact us.

Did You Know?


Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.