Field Trips

Tower Walk 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 Walk program is our most popular field trip experience. It is open to all group types and grade levels. The Tower Walk is a ranger-led hike around the Tower formation. Depending on your curriculum goals, the focus can be based in earth sciences, life sciences or social studies. While a focus on a specific subject is maintained (e.g. geology), other subjects are discussed during the program.

Program Logistics

The Tower Walk is a 2-hour program. It can accommodate groups of up to 60 individuals. Groups under 30 people will walk the entire circuit with the ranger. Groups over 30 will have a split Tower Walk; the group splits in two, but all participants walk the entire trail (half is walked with the ranger). The ranger takes one half counter-clockwise and a teacher takes the other half clockwise. At the halfway point, the ranger's group continues with a teacher, while the first teacher's group continues with the ranger.

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 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 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