Education is a primary mission of the national parks and Petrified Forest is an amazing outdoor classroom. Whether you're planning a park visit for your students, looking for lesson plans or other resources, or hoping to arrange for a ranger to visit you, you will find it here. Park rangers, teachers, and educators all share the effort to connect students to the park.
Educational Travel Grant Funding is currently available. This is a reimbursement of the travel costs associated with bringing your class to Petrified Forest, whether you are visiting on your own or have arranged a ranger guided program.
Academic Fee Waivers
The Majority of educational groups visiting the park qualify for free entry. Download the application form here to find out more.
Planning a Field Trip?
Explore our Parks as Classrooms pages to learn more about educational resources related to the park.
Do you want to bring your 4th graders to Petrified Forest?
For the second year in a row Petrified Forest National Park has received an Every Kid in a Park field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. During April and May of 2016 almost 400 4th grade students participated in the park's new Student Phenology with Outdoor Citizens (S.P.O.C.) program. We hope to share this wonderful outdoor classroom with many more students between October, 2016 and May, 2017.
Classes who participate will receive a reimbursement of transportation funds for a ranger guided program along the 1-mile Rim Trail overlooking the Painted Desert. Students will record observations of lizards, phenology of plants, and park soundscapes as well as receiving healthy snacks. Pre- and Post-visit lessons will be provided and completed before the park visit.
Download the application form HERE.
Questions? Contact Lauren Carter at (928)524-6228 x 238