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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Science
Common Core Standards:
4.RI.1, 4.RI.3, 4.RI.9, 4.SL.4, 4.SL.5, 4.SL.6, 4.W.1, 4.W.7, 4.W.8, 4.W.9


2018 Snowshoe Experience Field Trips

The education team is excited to offer our third year of snowshoe field trips for 3rd-5th graders! Bring your students to our winter wonderland for a snowshoeing adventure and curriculum-based activities and games. Learn about winter ecology, animal adaptations, snow science, and more. Download our pre-visit and post-visit lessons, designed to be used in a mix and match format in your classroom to help you prepare students for their visit and extend their learning after their visit. We hope to have rangers available in November and December to visit your classrooms for a fun and educational pre-visit program. Snowshoe Experience field trips will be offered Tuesday-Friday, from January through March.

This year, the National Lakeshore received a transportation grant from the National Park Foundation which will be administered by our partner organization, the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. We are able to offer some bus reimbursement to 4th grade classes only. Not a 4th grade teacher? Don’t need transportation funding? Don’t worry, we will be accepting your Field Trip Requests starting November 13th on a first-come, first-served basis.

Now, bring on the snow!

How to Apply for a Transportation Grant

Funds are limited, so this year there will be an application period from September 25th-October 23rd after which teachers will be notified of the results by October 30th. Grants will be awarded competitively based on certain criteria; please see the Bus Transportation Application for details. You will also need to submit a Field Trip Request. Download the applications below.

If your class does not need/is not eligible for bus funding, please fill out a Field Trip Request. These trips will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis starting November 13th.  We have started a waiting list, so feel free to contact us as soon as possible at

Learn more about planning your field trip.


Download Snowshoe Hike Pre and Post Visit Lesson Plans

Download Snowshoe Experience Field Trip Request

Download Bus Transportation Grant Application

Last updated: September 28, 2017