Every Kid in a Park Field Trip
- Grade Level:
- Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
- Science,Social Studies
- Common Core Standards:
- 4.L.1, 4.L.3, 4.L.4, 4.L.5, 4.L.6, 4.SL.1, 4.SL.2, 4.SL.3, 4.SL.4, 4.SL.6
- State Standards:
- NGSS: 4-ESS1; 4-ESS2; 4-LS1
The Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) program was started in 2015 to encourage young people to visit their public lands. Specific to 4th grade students, it allows these students to get a pass granting them free entry into any public lands from September 1 through August 30. The program continues annually, allowing a new group of 4th grade students to take advantage each year.
Devils Tower National Monument offers a special 4th grade field trip in the spirit of the EKIP program. Fourth grade teachers only need to print the necessary vouchers for their students, then bring those vouchers to the park on the day of their field trip. As a parting gift, the ranger will give each student their very own EKIP pass that will be valid through the summer after their 4th grade year! Note: the vouchers are required for your students to receive their pass.
Program LogisticsThe EKIP field trip is similar to our Tower Walk program - it lasts approximately 2 hours, and can acccomodate groups up to 60 people. For small groups (less than 30), the ranger guides the entire hike. Large groups (30-60) will split in half, with a teacher leading one section and the ranger leading the other; the two sections switch leaders at the half-way point on the trail. The ranger will discuss logisitics with you after you request a program.
Program PreparationBefore your field trip, visit the Every Kid in a Park website. Follow the instructions to print vouchers for your students. Every student needs a voucher to get their EKIP pass at the end of the program.
Students should have an understanding of the park and its resources. This includes knowledge about their program focus relevant to their grade level (i.e. 4th grade students coming to learn the geology of the Tower should know rock types, weathering, erosion, deposition, etc.). They should know what a national park is and why we have them. This foundational knowledge, called pre-site, will greatly enhance their field trip experience.
Students are required to walk without any extra items. On hot days they are encouraged to bring a small water bottle, but should otherwise not have packs, lunches, phones, binoculars or other equipment. All participants need to follow national park etiquette and demonstrate respect for their park. More information about trip preparation is in the document linked below.
Program RegistrationAll education program requests are made online. Visit our request a program page to access these online forms. You will be asked for basic group information, and have a chance to pick preferred and alternate dates.
Planning points for your field trip experience.