A Typical Field Trip

9:00 School group arrives, lead teacher presents confirmation letter to ranger in Bear Gulch Visitor Center on east entrance or Chaparral Ranger Station on west entrance to obtain parking permits for each vehicle, teachers and chaperones are greeted by park educator(s) and briefly review the plan of action for the day.
9:15 Park educator(s) begins opening discussion with students and covers park rules. Students, teachers, and chaperones may use restroom facilities and fill up water containers at this time.
9:30 If necessary, students are split into smaller groups to accommodate the park policy of no more than 35 people on the trail at once. Students, teachers, and chaperones do one last check to make sure they have everything they need during the hike.
9:35 Park educator(s) leads the group to the trailhead and begin the students on their memorable and educational visit to Pinnacles.
11:30 Break for lunch
12:00 Begin hiking back towards Bear Gulch Visitor Center or Chaparral Ranger Station. The park educator(s) will stop less frequently and provide closing information during the return trip.
1:15 Groups meet at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center or Chaparral Ranger Station. Closing comments and appreciations are made by the park educator(s). Students, teachers, and chaperones use restroom facilities and gather what the group brought into the park .
1:30 School group departs and anxiously awaits the next opportunity to visit Pinnacles National Monument!

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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Paicines, CA 95043


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