• 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

Plan A Field Trip

Field trips to the park are a popular way of experiencing the stories and culture of the Nez Perce. Schools, elder hostels, and other educational groups are welcome to either make a reservation for a ranger-led program or to drop in and see the museum.

Making Reservations

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. Please refer to the 'ranger guided tour link' for the programs that are available.

May is the busiest month of the year for field trips. If you can come at another time, we are happy to accommodate your group. 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 or if you have any questions, please contact the park staff at (208) 843-7001 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also make a request through e-mail. 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. The staff would like the chaperones to participate in the tour with the children.

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. Please understand that this rule is in place to ensure that your group has a quality educational experience.

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.

 

Did You Know?

Canoe Camp. At the end of September, 1805, the expedition built canoes here for the last leg of their journey to the Pacific.

Nez Perce National Historical Park has three sites used by the Lewis and Clark expedition - the Weippe Prairie (1805), Canoe Camp (1805), and Long Camp (1806). The Lolo Trail, the ancient travel route used by the expedition in 1805 and 06 is also included as a park site.