Field trips to the park are a popular way of experiencing the stories and culture of the Nez Perce. Schools, elder hostels, scout troops, and other educational groups are all welcome to either make a reservation for a ranger-led program or to drop in and see the museum.
We require that you make a reservation at least two weeks ahead of your visit. Programs are available throughout the school year at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Please refer to the ranger-led programs page for the programs that are available.
If you would like to either make a reservation or if you have any questions, please contact the park staff at (208) 843-7001 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also make a request through e-mail. Please note: due to staffing constraints, it is best to offer a few potential dates for your visit. We are happy to work with you to find a date that works for everyone.
Please instruct the chaperones to remain with their groups throughout the program. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for insuring that the group follows the rules that are set by the ranger. The chaperones are encouraged to actively participate in all programs.
We appreciate that your group is considering taking some time to schedule a visit to the park. Given the distances that many groups have to travel, the staff is flexible in accommodating unexpected problems. Please note: Groups arriving more than 15 minutes after their designated arrival time will have their planned activities adjusted or eliminated to meet the demands of the schedule. Please understand that this rule is in place to ensure that your group has a quality educational experience.
The visitor center, museum, and restrooms are accessible. There are curb cutouts in the entry drive in front of the visitor center. The museum and theater are located on one floor. The park film, Of One Heart, is open captioned for the hearing impaired.
In the spring and early fall, many classes eat their lunches in the picnic area located below the visitor center. In inclement weather, classes can eat on the covered patio. Whether at the picnic area or on the patio, please recycle. Recycling containers are found throughout the Spalding site. Please Note: The park does not have either vending machines or a cafe. Any food or beverages you want to consume, you must bring with you.
Last updated: November 13, 2021