Plan A Field Trip
Joshua Tree National Park provides the perfect outdoor setting to enhance classroom-based learning. You can visit on your own or have a ranger join you for an outdoor education program. All ranger-led education programs are curriculum-based (California State Education Standards) and free of charge.
Self-Guided Field TripAcademic fee waivers are available for groups that elect to make a self-guided visit.
Ranger-led Field TripFollow the steps outlined below to schedule a ranger-led field trip.
Select a ProgramJoshua Tree National Park rangers offer in-park programs. Program lengths vary. Programs must be scheduled one month prior to date presented. Programs dates are on a first come, first served basis. Once a program date is confirmed, it cannot be changed.
Earth's Bare Bones: Desert Landforms (1st &2nd Grade)
This program explores the different types of landforms found in deserts and helps students understand how rocks are formed and the makeup of minerals in rocks. [Standards]
Barker Dam: Survival in an Arid Land (3rd Grade)
Students explore how Desert Indians and early settlers survived in the desert. [Standards]
GeoKids: The Rocks of Joshua Tree National Park (4th Grade)
This program allows students to discover how the rocks of Joshua Tree were formed and how they erode. [Standards]
Keys to the Past (4th Grade)
Explores how successful homesteaders survived in the desert. Limited to one class per program per day. [Standards]
Desert Water: A Secret Under the Sun (5th Grade)
Introduces students to the arid landscape of the Mojave and Colorado deserts through hands-on measurement of the air and soil. [Standards]
Rocks and Faults (6th Grade)
This program allows students to discover the geologic processes that shape the landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. [Standards]
Keys to the Past (6th Grade)
Explore how successful homesteaders survived in the desert. Limited to one class per program per day. [Standards]
Tortoise, Tortoise (Middle School/Junior High)
Students study the threatened desert tortoise through scientific study practices using tortoise replicas. [Standards]
Discovering the Ancients: Science in Action (High School)
Helps students determine how plants' ages are determined while they discover how ancient they are. [Standards]
Submit a Reservation Request Form
Things to keep in mind while filling out this form:
- Select only one program topic per day
- Programs generally last 1-1.5 hours, not including driving or lunch time. Expect field trip length to be 3-4 hours.
Prepare Your Class
2) Review checklist provided in confirmation email;
3) Your assistance throughout the program in maintaining the attention, focus, and good behavior of your students;
4) Follow up with post-visit activities (if applicable).
With your assistance we're certain your field trip will be a memorable and educational event for all of your students!