A man facing the camera holds a light grey coyote pelt.  Several chidren are looking at the pelt, and one child is touching the pelt.
An instructor shows students a coyote pelt during Coyote Camp.


Big Hole National Battlefield

Coyote Camp 2024: September 16 - 20

Coyote Camp is Big Hole's leading educational program for school groups, and offers opportunities not found any other time of the year. During this fun, interactive, and educational experience, students spend half the day hiking the battlefield, stopping at stations to learn the history of the site. The other half of the day is dedicated to learning about nımí·pu· (Nez Perce) culture by spending time with cultural experts, including nımí·pu· tribal members. Each group reserves a one-day trip that runs from 10am to 3pm, and programming is designed to target 4th - 8th grade students. Educational groups who want to get the highest quality experience out of their visit are encouraged to attend Coyote Camp.

Remaining availability

Monday, September 16 - 155 students
Tuesday, September 17 - 200 students
Wednesday, September 18 - 200 students
Thursday, September 19 - 140 students
Friday, September 20 - 45 students

Last updated: 5/8/2024


Reservations for Other Educational Programming at the Battlefield

Due to our small staff, programs to schools or homeschool groups outside of Coyote Camp are extremely limited, and may not be available. However, all groups who are not able to participate in Coyote Camp are welcome to watch the park film (the theater can accomodate 25 people at a time), hike the trails, and peruse the visitor center. For more information, contact us.


Bear Paw Battlefield

Staff at the battlefield near Chinook, Montana offer several types of educational programs. Reservations are required for school groups who would like a ranger to visit their classroom or lead a guided tour of the battlefield. Educational programs can be tailored for any age group and topics can range from introductions to the Nez Perce people and culture to the Nez Perce Flight of 1877. Educators and organized groups please call (406) 357-3130 or email us to make arrangements.

Groups that arrange a tour of the battlefield are encouraged to also visit the Blaine County Museum to view the multimedia presentation “40 Miles to Freedom.” Please contact the Blaine County Museum at (406) 357-2590 for more information.


Nez Perce National Historical Park

The staff at the park's visitor center in Spalding, Idaho offer a unique opportunity to learn about a people and culture that have been part of this land for thousands of years. You may schedule a field trip or utilize our curriculum materials to tell the story of the Nez Perce in your classroom.


Last updated: May 8, 2024

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P.O. Box 237
Wisdom, MT 59761


406 689-3155

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