Notorious by its name, Death Valley offers an outdoor classroom for exploration and connection to the land of extremes. Join rangers for curriculum-based field trips that uncover the wonders of Death Valley National Park. Field trips promote inquiry and critical thinking with experiences that will enhance classroom learning.
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
Dynamic Death Valley
Golden Canyon and Badwater Basin
Shifting Sands: Destructive Forces in Death Valley
Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes and Golden Canyon
Request a Field TripThe field trip season is from early November to late March. Please contact the education program manager to submit a request.
In your request, please include:
For schools with restricted travel budgets, there are transportation grants available thanks to grant support and donations to the Death Valley Natural History Association and The National Parks Foundation. The grants are available to schools who are participating in a Death Valley ranger guided field trip. Elementary and middle school classes will receive priority for this funding. There is growing interest in Death Valley field trips, which may result in classes receiving a partial grant.
The Education Coordinator will provide the group with the application once a ranger guided field trip is confirmed.
Every Kid Outdoors Program
Did you know that the National Park Service has a special program for fourth graders, granting free access to Park Service sites for students and their families? More information on this national initiative can be found on the Every Kid Outdoors website.
Unable to bring your class to the park? Park rangers may be available to visit your classroom virtually and introduce students to Death Valley National Park.
Last updated: November 15, 2022