Field Trips

Ranger Talk Field Trip

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Science,Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
5.L.1, 5.L.3, 5.L.4, 5.L.5, 5.L.6
State Standards:
NGSS: 3-LS2; 3-LS3; 4-ESS2; 5-ESS2; 5-LS2


The Ranger Talk program is designed for groups looking to lead their own field trip experience, but would still like an opportunity to interact with a ranger. It is open to all group types and grade levels. This program is a good way to allow your students time for question and answer with a ranger, or a brief overview of a specific subject related to the park.

Program Logisitics

Ranger Talks are about 30-45 minutes long, and may include a short activity. You can discuss with your ranger the specific subject of your program; common topics include the geology or cultural history of the park.

Program Preparation

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.

As a less formal education program than the Tower Walk and Tower Adventure program, requirements are more relaxed for the Ranger Talk. 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 Registration

All 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.

Download Preparing for a Ranger Talk Program

Last updated: December 13, 2018