Plan A Field Trip
Where to Start
Shenandoah National Park offers a variety of field trip opportunities. Planning ahead and preparing your group will help make the park visit a memorable, fun, and safe learning experience for you and your students. The first step is determining what type of field trip experience you would like for your students at Shenandoah National Park.
Ranger-led programs are science curriculum-based, two hour programs for groups of up to 60 students. Prior registration is required and space is limited each season.
Self-guided programs are pre-established curriculum-based programs that are generally focused on science or social studies. Prior registration is only required if you need materials from the Education Office.
Create your own experience
The Education Office can provide local school groups and academic institutions with an academic fee waiver for visits that are for educational or scientific purpose. This fee waiver allows full access to the park. This option allows the largest breadth of experiences for your students. If you need any assistance in planning the experience, please contact the education office.
Contact the Education Office to schedule a program or for more assistance on planning a program.
Teacher ChecklistsTeacher checklist for Ranger-led programs (21kb pdf)
Teacher checklist for self-guided programs, Kindergarten-1st grade (20kb pdf)
Why use the outdoors?
Basics of Outdoor Teaching
An important point to remember:
A child that asks “What’s that?” is usually looking for more information, not just a label or name. The same is true of you, too. Think about this scene: you’re sitting at home alone, reading. The house is quiet. Suddenly you hear a rustling sound, like dried leaves, then a high pitched squeal over a clatter of metal. You jump up in fright, gasping, “What’s that?” Are you really asking for the scientific name of the creature lurking near your house? Or are you asking for more specific information to piece together, leading to a logical conclusion: it’s only the neighbor’s cat tipping over the trash can.
Tips for Sensory Awareness
Steps for the Best Field Trips Ever!
Last updated: July 30, 2018