Field Trips and Day Programs

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Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Math,Science,Social Studies


Canyon Field School Day Programs


Bring your youth group or class to Grand Canyon for a 3 or 5 hour long program. All materials needed including journals, pencils, props, and a complimentary water bottle for each participant (including teachers and chaperones!) are provided. Our curriculum programs follow Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards to ensure educational outcomes by grade. For a list of what standards are met, please see the program listing.

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What We Protect

A student spreading his arms out compares his wingspan to that of a California condor's.
This introductory program welcomes youth to the park and gives them an awesome first glimpse of Grand Canyon. During a short Rim Trail walk, canyon naturalists share five resources that make Grand Canyon important and the role the National Park Service plays to serve and protect natural spaces.

Program length: 3 or 5 hours
Grade level: 3rd-12th grades
Subjects: conservation, natural resources, park history

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Geology Journey

A ranger points out fossils in a rock bed to a student.
Dive into the geology of Grand Canyon! From the over a billion year-old Vishnu schist layer to the more recent Kaibab limestone, students will learn about the different rocks that make up Grand Canyon and how they were formed. A study of fossils will also allow students to discover how the world changed over time with those layers!

Program length: 3 or 5 hours
Grade level: 4th-12th grades
Subjects: Climate Change, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Tectonics

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Ancient Stories

Three handmade pottery bowl artifacts on a museum tray.
Humans have been calling Grand Canyon home for over 10,000 years! This program focuses on the human history of the Canyon through a study of what people have left behind. From the early Native American tribes, to European settlers, to current life in the Canyon, students will learn about the struggles and successes of living in Grand Canyon.

Program length: 3 or 5 hours
Grade level: 4th-12th grades
Subjects: American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Environment, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Westward Expansion

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Canyon Lives!

A student holds out her hand with a cicada shell in it.
Very few places on earth are as ecologically diverse as Grand Canyon. High elevation, the Colorado River, and desert conditions have created several unique ecosystems. This in-depth ecology program is an up close look at all the biodiversity Grand Canyon has to offer. The Canyon’s mountain lions, California condors, Bighorn sheep, and other charismatic megafauna are only part of the story!

Program length: 3 or 5 hours
Grade level: 4th-12th grades
Subjects: Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology

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Canyon Field School Contact Information

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Phone: (928)-863-3894
Mailing Address:
Grand Canyon National Park
Attention: Canyon Field School
20 S. Entrance Road
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023-0129


Last updated: December 13, 2018