Plan A Field Trip
Other visitors will be enjoying the visitor center resources at the same time as your group. Speak in quiet voices and listen closely. Many birds and other park animals can be heard outisde, but may not be seen.
Please assist us in preserving and protecting the park. Keep to the trails. This helps reduce erosion and prevents destruction of the plants and animal habitat.
Here are the things you can also do to help:
School Group Reservations
Reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 509-522-6360 x2062. A confirmation letter will be sent to you electronically within ten working days of your reservation request. Please bring a copy of the confirmation letter with you on your visit day.
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 have questions during this process, please contact the Education Specialist, Mike Dedman at e-mail or by calling 509-522-6360 x2062.
Please Arrive on Time; Please notify staff if your school visit is behind schedule by calling the visitor center, 509-522-6360 x2062.
Map of mission at Waiilatpu; A map of the grounds may be downloaded. It has the location of trails and other memorial sites on it. Print this off for use by group leader chaperones on your field trip.
Please Have Students Dress for the Weather; Coats, sweaters, hats and/or raincoats may be necessary on any day, at any time of the year. Safe footwear is necessary as trails include elevation gains.
Download and explore the Field Trip Information packet. Please arrange for at least one adult helper for every 10 students and provide chaperone guidelines to each chaperone.
Help us preserve and protect the park environment, by reminding parents and students to pack food in reusable containers and to bring recyclables home again. Lunches may be eaten at the first come first served covered picnic area near the visitor center. Food, gum and beverages are not allowed in the visitor center.
Students may shop in the Discover Your Washington Association Bookstore during their visit. Students in small groups must be accompanied by an adult helper, who is prepared to assist students with decision making, line monitoring and paying for items.
We’re delighted to have your help in providing a quality experience for visiting students, chaperones and educators. Please be familiar with the names of the students in your charge and accompany students at all times. Please ensure that everyone leaves all electronic devices on the bus and set cell phones to off.
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 is open captioned and large print resources are available, A wheel chair is also available.
Did You Know?
The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.