Field Trips

Tower Adventure 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 Tower Adventure offers students and educators a chance to see and expore the park beyond the popular Tower Trail. It is available for all group types and grade levels. It is designed for groups who have more time to spend in the park and/or very large groups (60-120 individuals).

Program Logistics

The Tower Adventure field trip is a 4-hour program. It includes a guided walk around the Tower, time for lunch, and a group-specific activity. The most popular group-specific activity is to explore the prairie dog town within the park. Students are given an opportunity to roam the town as they record observations about a native ecosystem. Other possible activities for this portion include geology, cultural history and climbing.

Depending on group size and staffing levels, teachers may be expected to run activities during portions of this program. Your ranger will discuss options with you during the registration process.

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.

Students are required to explore 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 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-led Trip

Last updated: January 2, 2018