• Nez Perce National Historical Park. Front Page banner photograph is of Heart of the Monster, an ancient place where the Nez Perce creation story originates. The secondary page photograph is of Nez Perce beadwork.

    Nez Perce

    National Historical Park ID,MT,OR,WA

Field Trips

The park has three activities that we normally offer that are listed below and available throughout the school year. If, however, there are special interests that are not included here, please give the park a call at (208) 843-7020 and we can see what we can do for you.

If you don't require any services from the staff, please feel to drop in and take a look at the park's exhibits, film, and historical resources. All that we ask is that you give us a heads up that you are coming.

Things to Remember

We require that you make a reservation at least two weeks ahead of your visit. Programs are available throughout the school year at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. May is the busiest month of the year for field trips. If May is the only time that you can come, please call early. Slots for the spring fill up quickly!!!

If you would like to either make a reservation please contact the park staff at (208) 843-7020 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note: It is difficult for the park to accommodate groups over thirty on Monday's due to staffing. If this is the only day available to pay a visit, the staff we try and fit the group into the schedule.

Chaperones: Please instruct the chaperones to remain with their groups throughout the ranger's program. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for insuring that the group follows the rules that are set by the Ranger.

Timeliness: We appreciate that your group is considering taking some time to schedule a visit to the park. Given the distances that many groups have to travel, the staff is flexible in accommodating unexpected problems. Please note: Groups arriving more than 15 minutes after their designated arrival time will have their planned activities adjusted or eliminated to meet the demands of the schedule.

Accessibility: The visitor center, museum, and restrooms are accessible. There are curb cutouts in the entry drive in front of the visitor center. The museum and theater are located on one floor. The park film, Nez Perce: Portrait of a People is open captioned for the hearing impaired.

Lunch: In the spring and early fall, many classes eat their lunches in the picnic area located below the visitor center. In inclement weather, classes can eat on the patio. Whether at the picnic area or on the patio, please take the time to recycle. Recycling containers are found throughout the Spalding site. Please Note: The park does not have either vending machines or a cafe. Any food or beverages you want to consume, you must bring with you.

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    Calendar or Memory String Activity

    Calendar or Memory String Activity

    Students will discuss how people keep track of memories today and in the past and will make a “memory string” of their own special memories to take home.

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    Nez Perce Material Culture

    Nez Perce Material Culture

    Using traditional items in the museum’s exhibit cases, students learn what life was like for a Nez Perce. Discussions include family and children’s roles, what they learned, who taught them, and information on the structure of the family, village and band. Students will see and touch a variety of replica items that illustrate the topics. Nez Perce stories, an ancient teaching tool, will be included.

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    Traditional Nez Pece Homes

    Traditional Nez Pece Homes

    For centuries, the nimiipuu (Nez Perce in their own language) have used tipis to move about their traditional homeland. Learn about what it's like to set up and live in a tipi.

Did You Know?

Lolo Trail, an ancient path to the plains of western Montana used by the Nez Perce, the Salish, and Lewis and Clark

Two National Historical Trails pass through Nez Perce National Historical Park, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historical Trail.