Field Trips to Grand Canyon

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a group of young student wearing jackets and hoodies are facing towards a park ranger that is giving a program. In the background, buttes and cliffs within a canyon landscape beneath a cloudy sky.
Grand Canyon provides a spectacular backdrop for a field-based learning experience.

NPS photo by Ann Posegate

Ranger-led Field Trip Overview

  • Grand Canyon National Park provides the perfect outdoor setting to enhance classroom-based learning.
  • Each school year, the park's Environmental Education Branch offers 2.5-hour and 5-hour field trips for grades 3 through 12.
  • All field trips are curriculum-based and free of charge; most take place on the South Rim.
  • Registration for all Field Trips begins October 1, 2019 (see below for additional details)
  • Individual field trip programs are limited to 35 students; if you have a larger group, register for additional field trip programs (we can conduct multiple field trip programs on most days).
  • For every field trip, we require a 5 to 1, student to chaperone ratio

Field Trip Registration Information: 2019 - 2020 School Year

  • Ranger-led Field Trips for the 2019-2020, school year will be available March 24, 2020 - May 22, 2020; field trips are available Tuesday-Friday.
  • If you are interested in a field trip in Fall, 2019, we have self-guided materials available that we can email to you. We regret to say we are unable to conduct Ranger-led Field Trips this fall; it is our hope to have staff to reinstate them in Fall, 2020.
  • Individual field trips limited to 35 students; if you have a larger group, register for additional field trip programs (we can conduct multiple field trip programs on most days).
  • Field trips require a 5 to 1 ratio of students to chaperones
  • Registration for Field Trips in Spring 2020, will be accepted starting October 1, 2019. To request a registration form: e-mail us

Field Trip Program Offerings (see further below for additional details)

Geology Programs

  • Dynamic Earth: Grades - 4th, 7th, 8th; Length - 5 hours (activities vary by grade level)
  • Grand Canyon Rocks: Grades - 4th, 7th, 8th; Length - 2.5 hours (activities vary by grade level)
  • Stories in Stone (paleontology): Grades - 4th, 7th, 8th; Length - 2.5 hours (activities vary by grade level)
  • Trail of Time: Grades - High School; Length - 2.5 hours

Ecology Programs

  • Life on the Edge: Grades - 3rd and 6th; Length - 5 hours (activities vary by grade level)
  • Eco Explorers: Grades - 3rd and 6th; Length - 2.5 hours (activities vary by grade level)

History

  • A Grand History: Grades - 4th and 5th; Length - 2.5 hours (activities vary by grade level)

Prepare for Your Ranger-led Field Trip

If you are a teacher enrolled in a Ranger-led Field Trip, print the materials below.

 

Available Field Trip Programs

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    Travel Grants

    A limited number of travel grants are available for schools with restricted travel budgets. To be eligible, your school must:
    • Have a scheduled, confirmed Ranger-led Field Trip with the Grand Canyon Education Office
    • Have Title 1 status with at least 40% of the students on a free or reduced lunch program.
    To apply:
    • e-mail us, and request a Travel Grant application
    • Complete all portions of the grant application form and return it to the education office by email
    • A confirmation email to you with the amount of money awarded will be sent to you within one month after receipt of application
    • Travel grants only cover a portion of transportation costs to and from Grand Canyon National Park
    • A check will be sent to your school after your scheduled field trip (checks cannot be sent prior to your scheduled field trip)

    This funding is made possible by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Conservancy and private donors who support the park's education programming.

    Canyon Field School

    Canyon Field School (CFS) is a program in partnership with the National Park Service and the official nonprofit park partner, Grand Canyon Conservancy. Offering field trips and day programs as well as overnight educational camps, CFS provides many opportunities for school and youth groups.

    Find out more about the programs available.


    Self-Guided Field Trips

    If you are not able to participate in a ranger-led field trip but would like to lead an independent field trip for your class, please view


    Contact Us

    • To learn more about the park's education programs, contact us.

    Last updated: September 8, 2019

    Contact the Park

    Mailing Address:

    PO Box 129
    Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

    Phone:

    928-638-7888

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