Most of the field trip programs were developed to meet life science and earth science standards for upper elementary and middle school classes. These programs may be adapted to meet the needs of other grade levels. When requesting a field trip, please make a note and the Education Program Coordinator will discuss options with you.
Extreme Living at Death Valley
Mesquite Flats Dunes and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Geology and biology come together in this inquiry-based ecology experience. How did the sand dunes form? Why are there pupfish in Salt Creek? What adaptations help plants and animals survive in these extreme environments? Students will hike through dramatic environments and collect data determine the answer to these questions and more during this program.
Target Audience: This program is designed to meet life science and earth science standards for upper elementary students. It can also be adapted for middle school classes.
Dynamic Death Valley
Golden Canyon and Badwater Basin
Explore ancient environments and find clues of the powerful forces that continue to shape Death Valley. Students will hike through Golden Canyon, which reveals the dramatic changes in landscape and climate in this area. What changes will the future hold? At Badwater Basin, powerful forces take the stage. How do these forces continue to shape what we see today?
Target Audience: This program is designed and adapted to meet earth science standards for upper elementary students and middle school students.
Shifting Sands: Destructive Forces in Death Valley
Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes and Golden Canyon
Learn about the forces of weathering, erosion, and deposition and how they shape the landscape of Death Valley. Students will explore towering sand dunes and a deep canyon that carves its way into the mountains. Through guided activities and direct observation, students will be able to answer: Where does all the sand come from? How do flash floods shape the landscape? How does sediment move in desert environments?
Target Audience: This program is designed to meet earth science standards for middle school students. It can also be adapted for upper elementary classes.
Every Kid in a Park Programs
Did you know the National Park Service has launched a special program for fourth graders? Fourth grade teachers interested in Every Kid in a Park programs for their classes should contact the education program coordinator. Subject to availability, rangers may be able to facilitate an activity in fourth grade classrooms as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. More information on this national initiative can be found at the Every Kid in a Park website.
Pre-Field Trip Classroom Programs
We encourage classes to schedule a ranger visit to the classroom prior to the field trip. A classroom visit helps the rangers introduce themselves and the park, get to know the students, and prepare students for their field trips.
Special Program Requests
Subject to ranger staffing and availability, Death Valley National Park may be able to accommodate a special program request, such as a hike, ranger talk, or classroom program.